Reader Poll: Do VP Candidates Matter to You?

Joe-BidenWe’ve reached yet another quadrennial tradition, the veepstakes.

At this moment, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are considering who to select as their vice-presidential nominees from their respective short lists.

Trump intends to name his this week while Clinton plans to reveal hers immediately after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention.

For all the hooplah, though, the question remains: does it matter? The research is unclear at best.

Nevertheless, we want to know how you feel.

Do Vice Presidential Candidates Affect Who You Vote For?


  • No (56%)
  • Yes (44%)

Total Voters: 514

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  2. Need more than yes no on this one. The choices should be not at all, very little, a great deal and a lot

    My guess is that, although might take this one, a little might fair better than never.

    I vote yes, but it doesn’t matter very much.

  3. It only matters if I am genuinely undecided about the presidential nominee. This year, I am not undecided: Neither Trump nor Hillary is ethically qualified for the office. So, over to Libertarian Gary Johnson. He is qualified. Bill Weld doesn’t help or hurt, in that he is also qualified. Are either of them terrific? That is not relevant when Trump and Hillary are both horrible.

  4. During the last forty-some years I cannot recollect a VP candidate that motivated my decision, in any part, to vote “for” a particular POTUS candidate.

    However, a particularly bad VP candidate (IMO) would certainly cause me to reassess my original support of a POTUS candidate.

  5. The VP candidate would definitely influence my vote. The VP is a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

  6. Some in media like Pence for Trump VP and some Fox news pundits like Newt and say he’ll get VP. Newt still has the punch and drive. He’d be very tough opponent for Dems and would boost Trumps lack of political experience. Pence is not as wise to DC and I’m not sure how much he’d help Trump. Still see Hillary winning in the end. R’s are promoting any favorable polls to keep down ballot races alive.

  7. The Republicans seem to think that their POTUS candidates don’t matter either!!

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