Mini Poll: Rating the Vice Presidents

How important to you is each of the following characteristics of a US vice president?

Gets along with the president personally

Very important:
 42%
Somewhat important:
 48%
Not very important:
 8%
Not important at all:
 2%

Qualified to be president if necessary

Very important:
 97%
Somewhat important:
 3%
Not very important:
 0%
Not important at all:
 0%

Has expertise that the president lacks

Very important:
 29%
Somewhat important:
 58%
Not very important:
 12%
Not important at all:
 1%

Is an articulate debater

Very important:
 29%
Somewhat important:
 49%
Not very important:
 19%
Not important at all:
 3%

Agrees with you on major issues

Very important:
 51%
Somewhat important:
 41%
Not very important:
 5%
Not important at all:
 3%

Believes abortion should be illegal

Very important:
 22%
Somewhat important:
 16%
Not very important:
 13%
Not important at all:
 50%

Is currently well known to you

Very important:
 12%
Somewhat important:
 38%
Not very important:
 35%
Not important at all:
 15%

Has a strong religious faith

Very important:
 14%
Somewhat important:
 26%
Not very important:
 24%
Not important at all:
 36%

Comes from the same state or part of the country that you do

Very important:
 1%
Somewhat important:
 2%
Not very important:
 22%
Not important at all:
 75%

Is a person of color

Very important:
 1%
Somewhat important:
 3%
Not very important:
 17%
Not important at all:
 80%

How would you rate Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden for vice president?

Excellent:
 28%
Pretty good:
 31%
Only fair:
 15%
Poor:
 25%

How would you rate Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for vice president?

Excellent:
 23%
Pretty good:
 18%
Only fair:
 22%
Poor:
 37%

Does having Biden as his running mate make you more or less likely to vote for Obama?

More likely:
 22%
Less likely:
 22%
No effect:
 56%

Does having Ryan as his running mate make you more or less likely to vote for Romney?

More likely:
 25%
Less likely:
 40%
No effect:
 35%

Do you believe that Obama should have chosen a different vice president?

Yes:
 36%
No:
 64%

Do you believe Romney should have chosen a different vice president?

Yes:
 53%
No:
 47%

Do you believe Joe Biden is qualified to be president, if necessary?

Yes:
 56%
No:
 35%
Don't know:
 9%

Do you believe Paul Ryan is qualified to be president, if necessary?

Yes:
 34%
No:
 52%
Don't know:
 14%

If the candidates for PRESIDENT were Paul Ryan, the Republican, and Joe Biden, the Democrat, for which one would you be more likely to vote?

Ryan:
 35%
Biden:
 65%

BONUS QUESTION:
Would you be willing to swap the major party vice presidential candidates for their wives?

Yes, both wives would be better vice presidents than their husbands:
 5%
No, neither wife would be a better vice president than her husband:
 61%
Jill Biden would be a better vice president, but not Janna Ryan:
 27%
Janna Ryan would be a better vice president, but not Jill Biden:
 6%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.