Thursday, May 22, 2008

Edwards the best running mate?

That's certainly the conclusion you would draw from some interesting polling our friends at Survey USA have done this week. They've done surveys in several states testing how various tickets would do if matched against each other- their McCain veep possibilities are Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee and their Obama prospects are Chuck Hagel, Kathleen Sebelius, Ed Rendell, and John Edwards.

In the states where they've released this data so far- California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico- the tickets with Edwards are easily outshining the rest of the field.

For instance in Virginia an Obama/Edwards ticket leads all comers by anywhere from 9 to 18 points. Other Democratic possibility range from winning by two points to losing by six points- so Edwards clearly is beating the pack there. And there are similar trends in the other states.

For now SUSA is not including the most interesting possible ticket of Obama/Clinton.

Of course all of this is very premature (and I don't think VP selection has nearly as much impact as the differences in the potential tickets would seem to imply) but it's good to see that folks like our fellow North Carolinian- go check out the polls at the links above.


Anonymous said...

The other names are relatively unknown to the majoriy of the country, so its not surprising that those names do worst. Two of McCain's choices are known quanitities such as Romney and Huckabee. If you look, Pawlenty does the worst, but thats because nobody knows him

Anonymous said...

didn't edwards say that he wouldn't be VP?

Tom Jensen said...

He did, but I'm sure he would take it if offered. I don't think that's likely though.

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