Condi Rice remains the most popular among those Mitt Romney is reportedly considering as a vice presidential running mate.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65 percent of likely U.S. voters share at least a somewhat favorable view of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while just 24 percent view her unfavorably. This includes 29 percent with a very favorable opinion of her and six percent with a very unfavorable one. Twelve percent are undecided.
This is essentially unchanged from late April when Rasmussen Reports first grouped Rice with some of the prominent names being mentioned as possible Romney running mates. Rice earned identical reviews from voters in January 2009 as she stepped down as secretary of State.
Eighty-three percent of Republicans and 63 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party give Rice favorable marks. She’s even viewed favorably by a plurality (47 percent) of Democrats.
Male voters regard Rice more favorably than female voters do, but 59 percent of women share a favorable opinion of her. Unusual for a prominent Republican, most black voters (58 percent) also hold a favorable view of Rice.
New media reports also put former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who briefly sought the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, on Romney’s short list of possibilities. Thirty-two percent of all voters view Pawlenty favorably, but just as many (32 percent) share an unfavorable view of him.
This includes very favorables of seven percent and very unfavorables of 13 percent. But a sizable 37 percent of voters don’t know enough about Pawlenty to voice any kind of opinion of him.
Among GOP voters, 52 percent see Pawlenty in a favorable light. Unaffiliated voters are closely divided in their views of the ex-governor, but 46 percent have no opinion of him.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s name also has surfaced in some media reports, and 34 percent of all voters share at least a somewhat favorable opinion of him, with 15 percent who view him very favorably.
Thirty-one percent hold an unfavorable regard for the former congressman, including 13 percent with a very unfavorable opinion. Thirty-six percent don’t know what they think of Jindal.
Fifty-eight percentof Republicans like Jindal. Among unaffiliated voters, 31 percent view him favorably, 29 percent unfavorably, and 40 percent have no opinion.
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman remains in the running for the vice presidential slot, according to media reports, but most voters, 53 percent, don’t know him well enough to express any kind of opinion. Twenty-three percent view Portman favorably and 24 percent unfavorably, including five percent with a very favorable opinion and eight percent with a very unfavorable one.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the GOP’s leading voice for budget reform, remains very popular in his own party but much less well-known by voters as a whole.
He’s viewed favorably by 39 percent of all voters and unfavorably by 25 percent. This includes 21 percent with a very favorable view and 15 percent with a very unfavorable one. But 35 percent express no opinion of Ryan.
However, 69 percent of Republicans have a favorable opinion of Ryan. Unaffiliated voters tend to view him favorably, but 42 percent have no opinion. Still, Ryan’s favorables are up slightly from April, his unfavorables down, among both GOP voters and all voters nationwide.
But as Scott Rasmussen explained in a recent newspaper column, Romney’s roll-out of his vice presidential pick is the key because “more than likely, most Americans will learn all they know about the new name on the ticket during the week the candidate is introduced.”
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on July 15-16, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.