April 20, 2012
No consensus on Romney running mate
26% of those polled said they'd like to see Condoleezza Rice as Vice President. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- U.S. Republicans are divided over the choice of a running mate for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a poll indicates.
The CNN/ORC poll found there is no consensus among Republicans and independents that lean Republican concerning the second spot on the GOP ticket, CNN reported.
The survey found 26 percent of those questioned would like to see former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Romney's vice presidential running mate while 21 percent favored Romney's chief rival, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey were tied at 14 percent while House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was favored by 8 percent of the respondents.
Further down on the list were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal with 5 percent followed by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at 1 percent.
When pollsters asked Tea Party supporters who they would like to see on the ticket, Rubio was first with 22 percent followed by Christie at 18 percent.
The telephone poll of 473 Republicans and independents that lean Republican was conducted by ORC International from April 13-15. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.