Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton hasn't announced a running mate yet, but recent appearances by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail sparked rumors that put her atop the list of prospective choices.
The freshman senator, a rising star in the party, is a fierce critic of Donald Trump, but a new Rasmussen Reports poll
released Friday shows Clinton's chances wouldn't improve much with the Harvard Law professor on the ticket.
According to the poll:
- Among likely voters, only 17 percent say the Massachusetts senator would make them more likely to vote for Clinton;
- In fact, 29 percent say Warren as the vice presidential nominee would make them less likely to vote for the former Secretary of State;
- Half said the pick would have no impact on their vote.
Rumors of Warren as the top choice spread quickly, partly because of Warren's fiery speech at a Clinton rally in Cincinnati on Monday, but recent polls, according to ABC News
, show why the former first lady may opt for someone else.
- Warren helps Clinton with core Democratic supporters, but not independents. A Monmouth University poll says more than half of independent and undecided voters are ambivalent about Warren as vice president.
- CNN/ORC reports that over half of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, 54 percent, say they would prefer a running mate other than Warren.
- Among Democrats, 38 percent would be more likely to vote for Clinton if she chooses Warren, but 53 percent would prefer she choose Sen. Bernie Sanders, however unlikely that may be.
- Almost half of registered voters haven't heard of Warren, or don't know enough about her for her presence on the ticket to affect their decision.
Rasmussen's poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters from June 28-29, online and by phone, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
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