Obama’s VP Pick Changes Few Minds, Poll Shows - America’s Election HQ

Sen. Joe Biden passes the first test of a vice presidential pick, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll — he does no harm.
But the survey shows the veteran Delaware senator may not help Barack Obama much either.


The poll, taken Saturday of 876 registered voters, showed just 14 percent of registered voters said Obama’s choice makes them more likely to vote for him. Seven percent said Biden makes them less likely to vote for Obama.
And a whopping 72 percent said he will not have much effect on their decision.


Though vice presidential candidates are usually considered minor factors in voters’ Election Day choices, the immediate reaction to Biden was more luke warm than with other recent running mate picks.


After John Kerry chose former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his running mate in 2004, 24 percent of registered voters said they were more likely to vote for him; 7 percent said they were less likely to do so.
Sixteen percent said they were more likely to vote for Al Gore in 2000 after he chose Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. In 1992, Gore gave Bill Clinton much more clout — 33 percent said they were more likely to vote for Clinton because of his running mate selection.


Though Biden’s career in the Senate spans more than three decades, one of the reasons he may not be pulling high numbers is that a relatively small number of voters are even familiar with him. Slightly more than half of voters surveyed said they have no views on him - either because they don’t know enough about him or have never heard of him. However, 57 percent viewed him as “qualified.”


The poll had a 4 percentage point margin of error.