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Voters Know Nothing About Romney's VP Candidates

No opinion on Rob Portman, Marco Rubio
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2012 9:51 AM CDT
Voters Know Nothing About Romney's VP Candidates
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) attends the 2012 Fiscal Summit on May 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The third annual summit, held by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, explored the theme 'America's Case for Action.'   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – What do voters think of Rob Portman? They don't, a poll finds. Some 51% don't have an opinion on the man currently most likely to join Mitt Romney's ticket, the highest "no opinion" figure about pretty much anything in a Washington Post-ABC poll since September. Those who know who the Ohio senator is aren't wild about him: Some 19% have a favorable view of him, compared to 30% with an unfavorable view. (Among Republicans, the breakdown in 21% to 22%.)

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As for potential VP Marco Rubio, 39% take no stance on the Florida senator—even though he pops up frequently in the press. Some six in 10 Republicans do have an opinion, however, and 46% of them see him favorably, while 14% aren't such big fans. Jeb Bush is better known, but he once again offered a definitive "no" this week when questioned about the position. But this actually may not matter one bit: a CNN poll found 51% lacked an opinion on Joe Biden when Obama chose him. Besides, VP picks haven't clearly helped a candidate since John F. Kennedy chose Lyndon Johnson, the Post notes. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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