Poll: Obama lost support on Biden pick in 2008

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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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It has been widely reported that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate has not given him the large bump in public support that he was looking for.

However, neither did President Obama’s decision to pick Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008, according to Gallup. In fact, Obama lost support after his VP pick.

In 2008, Obama saw 46 percent support among registered voters which dropped 2 percentage points — to 44 percent — after he chose Biden as his running mate.

In contrast, Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate gained him support, bumping him from 41 percent to 43 percent.

Gallup notes, “Like this year, Gallup also did not find any significant change in voter preferences for the 2008 election after Obama and John McCain each named his running mate. However, in the 1996-2004 campaigns, the vice presidential choice seemed to have a more noticeable impact on voters.”

Romney’s choice of Ryan has had no significant immediate effect on his level of support — only bumping it up 1 percentage point from 46 percent to 47 percent.

“While the initial indication is no increase in Romney’s support after naming Ryan, the data suggest the possibility that Romney may get a delayed bounce,” according to the poll.

However, the small bump Romney did receive in support from picking Ryan has helped him to maintain a slight lead over Obama. According to Gallup, 47 percent of voters favor Romney while only 45 percent favor Obama.

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