CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL
For release: August 18, 2008
6:30 PM EDT
AMONG DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES, CLINTON IS FAVORITE FOR V.P.
July 16 - August 17, 2008
Senator Hillary Clinton is by far the favorite choice for the number
two spot on the Democratic ticket, according to a CBS News/New York
Times poll of delegates to the Democratic convention. When asked who
they would like Barack Obama to select, 28% volunteer her as their top
choice for Vice Presidential nominee.
6% volunteer Delaware Senator Joe Biden, and 4% mention two other
unsuccessful Democratic candidates: New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. Most of
the interviews for this poll were conducted before Edwards admitted to
having an affair. Another 4% volunteer Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.
DELEGATES: WHO SHOULD OBAMA CHOOSE FOR V.P.?
Other people mentioned by at least 2% of delegates as possible Obama
running mates include retired General Wesley Clark, Virginia Governor
Tim Kaine, Virginia Senator Jim Webb, and Kansas Governor Kathleen
Support for Clinton as the first choice for the vice presidential
nomination is not universal. It is mostly found among delegates who
were pledged to her when selected. 61% of delegates pledged to Clinton
name her as their choice for vice presidential candidate.
Obama’s pledged delegates are far less enthusiastic about the choice
of Clinton as the vice presidential nominee. 8% of them choose
Richardson, 7% choose Biden, and another 6% choose John Edwards. Just
3% name Clinton, and about as many suggested Sebelius, Webb, Kaine or
CBS News and The New York Times interviewed a random sample of 970
delegates to the convention, including both pledged delegates (who
were committed to support a candidate when they were selected to
attend the convention), and superdel