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White House 2000: Vice President
All data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

Dick Cheney
Joe Lieberman
Debate
Misc. Questions
See also: Vice President Cheney


 

Joe Lieberman

ABC News Poll. Latest: Aug. 7, 2000. N=513 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 4.5.

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"As you may know, Al Gore has selected Joseph Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate. Do you approve or disapprove of Gore's choice of Lieberman as his vice-presidential running mate?"
%
Approve 60
Disapprove 19
No opinion 21

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"Will Gore's choice of Lieberman make you more likely to vote for Gore, less likely, or won't it make any difference in your vote?"
%
More 15
Less 10
No difference 73
No opinion 2

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"In general, would you vote for a Jewish candidate for vice president, or not?"
2000 1983
% %
Yes 83 83
No 10 13
No opinion 8 4

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"I'm going to mention a few things about Lieberman. For each one please tell me if it makes you feel more favorable or less favorable toward him. . . ."
More
Favor-
able
Less
Favor-
able
No
Opinion
% % %
"He was the first Democrat in Congress to publicly criticize Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky scandal"
72 22 6

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"He's been a member of the Senate for 12 years, representing the state of Connecticut"
71 15 14

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"He’s an Orthodox Jew"
53 17 30

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"While a U.S. senator he voted to keep late-term or 'partial birth' abortions legal"
43 51 6

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"Orthodox Jews usually don't work on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath. Lieberman says he DOES work on the Sabbath and other Jewish holidays when his duties require it. Are you concerned his religious practices would interfere with his duties as vice president if he is elected, or not?"
%
Concerned 10
Not concerned 89
No opinion 1

.

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"Are you concerned or not concerned that Lieberman might try to influence U.S. policy toward Israel based on his religious beliefs, rather than based on U.S. interests?"
%
Concerned 29
Not concerned 67
No opinion 4

.

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"If you honestly assessed yourself, would you say that you have at least some feelings of prejudice against Jews?"
%
Yes 6
No 93

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Aug. 7, 2000. N=667 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 4.

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ALL

Gore
Voters

Bush
Voters

%

%

%

"How would you rate Al Gore's choice of Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut for vice president? Would you rate this choice as excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"
Excellent 18 25 12
Pretty good 35 46 27
Only fair 21 15 29
Poor 7 3 11
No opinion 19 11 21

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"Does having Joe Lieberman as his running mate make you more likely to vote for Al Gore in November, less likely, or will it not have much effect on your vote?"
More likely 16 28 6
Less likely 4 3 6
Won't have much effect 76 66 85
No opinion 4 3 3

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"Based on what you know about Joe Lieberman, do you think he is qualified to serve as president if it becomes necessary, or not?"
Yes, qualified 52 65 41
No, not qualified 13 9 19
No opinion 35 26 40

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"As you may know, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is Jewish. Does this fact make you more in favor of him, less in favor of him, or doesn't it make any difference at all?"
More in favor 7 12 3
Less in favor 4 4 3
No difference at all 88 83 94
No opinion 1 1 -

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"Now thinking about the people in the area where you live: Will the fact that Joe Lieberman is Jewish make the people in the area where you live more in favor of him, less in favor of him, or won't it make any difference at all?"
More in favor 9 13 5
Less in favor 14 16 13
No difference at all 67 64 74
No opinion 10 7 8

 


Dick Cheney

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 26-27, 2000. N=881 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Are you concerned or not concerned that Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney's health problems would prevent him from serving effectively as vice president?"
%
Concerned 30
Not concerned 68
No opinion 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. August 3-4, 2000. N=817 registered voters nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Does Bush's choice of Dick Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate make you more likely or less likely to vote for Bush in November -- or does it not make much difference either way?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
More likely 30 48 11 30
Less likely 16 4 28 18
Not much difference 49 44 55 49
Don't know 5 4 6 3

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"Does the choice of Dick Cheney make you think that a Bush-Cheney Administration would be dominated by an 'old guard' of those who served former President Bush and other past Republican presidents?"
8/3-4 7/27-28
% %
Yes 42 40
No 42 40
Don't know 16 20

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 26-29, 2000. N=1,206 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"As you may know, Bush has selected Dick Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate. Do you approve or disapprove of Bush's choice of Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate?"
%
Approve 61
Disapprove 15
No opinion 24

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"Will Bush's choice of Cheney make you more likely to vote for Bush, less likely, or won't it make any difference in your vote?"
%
More 13
Less 7
No difference 77
No opinion 3

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"I'm going to mention a few things about Cheney. For each one please tell me if it makes you feel more favorable or less favorable toward him. . . ."
More
Favor-
able
Less
Favor-
able
No
Opinion
% % %
"He served as secretary of defense under former President Bush during the Persian Gulf War."
68 23 9

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"He was a member of Congress for 10 years, representing the state of Wyoming."
60 23 17

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"Since 1995, he’s been the head of a large company." Asked of half the sample.
59 27 14

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"Since 1995, he’s been the head of a large oil industry company." Asked of half the sample.
36 47 17

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"While a member of Congress he voted against funding for the Headstart pre-school program."
19 73 8

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"While a member of Congress he voted against funding for the Older Americans Act, which provides services to the elderly."
16 77 7

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"Cheney has had three mild heart attacks and had a heart bypass operation 12 years ago. His doctors say he's fit to serve in office. Are you concerned or not concerned about Cheney's physical fitness to serve as president if that became necessary?"
%
Concerned 32
Not concerned 66
No opinion 1

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CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. July 26-27, 2000. N=1,019 registered voters nationwide.

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"Do you think that Dick Cheney is qualified to be president if something were to happen to George W. Bush?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents

Demo-
crats

% % %

%

Yes 55 70 46 46
No 17 6 22 24
Not sure 28 24 32 30

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"Does the choice of Dick Cheney as Bush's vice-presidential running mate make you more inclined to vote for the Republican ticket, less inclined, or doesn't it make any difference to you?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents

Demo-
crats

% % %

%

More 18 31 15 9
Less 13 5 15 19
No difference 66 61 67 68
Not sure 3 3 3 4

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 26-27, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"As you probably know, George W. Bush has selected former congressman and secretary of defense Dick Cheney as his vice-presidential running mate. Does Bush’s selection of Cheney as his running mate make you more or less likely to vote for him?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents

Demo-
crats

% % %

%

More likely 36 55 32 22
Less likely 18 6 15 31
No difference (vol.) 46 39 53 47

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"I’m going to read you some concerns that have been expressed about Dick Cheney. After each one, please tell me whether you think that is a very serious concern, a somewhat serious concern, not very serious, or of no concern at all. . . ."
Very
Serious
Some-
what
Serious
Not
Very
Serious
Of No
Concern
At All
Not
Sure
% % % %

%

"As chief executive of Halliburton, an oil company, Cheney is too close to the oil industry."
20 26 15 31 8

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"Since he was President Bush’s defense secretary, the choice of Cheney suggests that a new Bush administration will be too influenced by his father’s administration."
17 19 18 41 5

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"Even though his doctors say he’s healthy, Cheney’s history of heart attacks and bypass surgery mean he’s not up to the job."
16 24 21 36 3

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. July 24, 2000. N=644 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 4.

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"How would you rate Bush's expected choice of former defense secretary Dick Cheney for vice president? Would you rate this choice as excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"

ALL

Gore
Voters

Bush
Voters

%

%

%

Excellent 10 6 15
Pretty good 45 32 61
Only fair 26 37 15
Poor 8 11 4
No opinion 11 14 5

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"If George W. Bush selects Dick Cheney as his running mate, would you be more likely to vote for George W. Bush for president in November, less likely, or will it not have much effect on your vote?"

ALL

Gore
Voters

Bush
Voters

%

%

%

More likely 14 7 21
Less likely 10 17 5
Won't have much effect 72 73 72
No opinion 4 3 2

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"Based on what you know about Dick Cheney, do you think he is qualified to serve as president if it becomes necessary, or not?"

ALL

Gore
Voters

Bush
Voters

%

%

%

Yes, qualified 57 44 73
No, not qualified 18 31 7
No opinion 25 25 20

 


Vice-Presidential Debate

ABC News Poll. Oct. 5, 2000. Conducted among a random-sample panel of 539 registered voters nationwide who watched the Oct. 5 debate. Respondents were initially interviewed in the week leading up to the debate. MoE 4.5. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Who, in your opinion, won the debate?"
%
Dick Cheney 43
Joe Lieberman 24
Tie 27
No opinion 5

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Presidential Preference, among debate-viewers:
Post-
Debate
Pre-
Debate
% %
Bush/Cheney (R) 51 49
Gore/Lieberman (D) 44 45
Nader/LaDuke (Green) 1 2
Buchanan/Foster (Reform) 1 1
Undecided 1 1

 


Miscellaneous Questions listed chronologically

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 20-21, 2000. N=900 likely voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Which vice presidential running mate do you think is more qualified to serve as president if it were to become necessary: Cheney or Lieberman?"
%
Cheney 39
Lieberman 36
Both equally (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 3

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Don't know 17

 

CBS News Poll. July 13-16, 2000. N=596 registered voters nationwide.

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Asked of Bush supporters:
"Should George W. Bush pick a vice-presidential candidate who supports legal abortion, opposes legal abortion, or doesn't the vice-presidential candidate's position on abortion matter?"
Bush
Sup-
porters
%
Supports 23
Opposes 38
Position doesn't matter 34
Don't know 5

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Asked of Bush supporters:
"Should George W. Bush pick a vice-presidential candidate who has a lot of experience in Washington, or whose experience is mostly outside of Washington, or doesn't the vice-presidential candidate's type of experience matter?"
Bush
Sup-
porters
%
In Washington 30
Outside Washington 31
Doesn't matter 30
Don't know 9

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ALL Repub-
licans
Demo-
crats
Indepen-
dents
% % % %
"If George W. Bush chooses a running mate from your part of the country, would that make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or wouldn't it make any difference in deciding whom to vote for?"
More likely 9 11 5 10
Less likely 3 0 4 3
No difference 87 87 88 84
Don't know 1 2 3 3

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"If George W. Bush chooses a running mate who supports legalized abortion, would you be more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or wouldn't it make any difference in deciding who to vote for?"
More likely 13 11 11 17
Less likely 25 33 19 25
No difference 59 54 70 53
Don't know 3 2 0 5

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"If Al Gore chooses a running mate from your part of the country, would that make you more likely to vote for him, less likely to vote for him, or wouldn't it make any difference in deciding whom to vote for?"
More likely 8 4 12 8
Less likely 4 5 1 5
No difference 87 91 85 85
Don't know 1 0 2 2

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"Which of these statements comes closer to your opinion? The presidential candidates' choices for vice president will have a great deal of influence on my vote. OR, I will vote based mostly on the presidential candidates, not on whom they choose for vice president?"
Vice presidential picks will have a great deal of influence 15 15 13 17
Will vote based mostly on presidential candidates 81 82 82 78
Don't know 4 3 5 5

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 12-13, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"How likely do you think it is that one of the two major political parties will select a woman to run as vice president this year? . . ."
%
Very likely 9
Somewhat likely 28
Not very likely 35
Not at all likely 23
Not sure 5

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"Which of the following people do you think should be the Republican vice presidential nominee? . . ."
%
Arizona Senator John McCain 23
Former Cabinet member Elizabeth Dole 22
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge 6
New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman 5
Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson 4
Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating 3
New York Governor George Pataki 3
Ohio Representative John Kasich 3
Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel 2
Other (vol.) 2
Not sure/Don't care (vol.) 27

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"If George W. Bush were to choose a pro-choice vice presidential running mate, would you be more or less likely to vote for the Republican ticket?"
%
More likely 31
Less likely 27
No difference (vol.) 35
Not sure 7

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). June 14-18, 2000. N=1,740 registered voters nationwide. (Each question asked of half the sample.)

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"Suppose George W. Bush were to choose someone who is pro-choice on abortion as his vice presidential running mate. Would this make you more likely or less likely vote for Bush, or does this make no difference either way?"
%
More likely 18
Less likely 18
No difference 62
Not sure 2

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"If Al Gore chose a woman as his running mate on the Democratic ticket for president, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for Al Gore, or would that not make a difference to you either way?"
%
More likely 16
Less likely 8
No difference 74
Not sure 2

.

"If George W. Bush chose a woman as his running mate on the Republican ticket for president, would that make you more likely or less likely to vote for George Bush, or would that not make a difference to you either way?"
%
More likely 10
Less likely 6
No difference 81
Not sure 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). April 29-May 1, 2000. N=1,003 registered voters nationwide.

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Asked of Democrats and independents:
"I'm going to read you the names of some possible running mates for Al Gore on the Democratic ticket for president. Please tell me which of the following individuals you would most like to see as vice president. . . ."

Demo-
crats/
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% %
Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley 33 36
California Senator Dianne Feinstein 18 21
Florida Senator Bob Graham 7 6
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh 6 6
Former Maine Senator George Mitchell 6 6
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson 4 4
None/Other (vol.) 8 3
Not sure 18 18

.

Asked of Republicans and independents:
"I'm going to read you the names of some possible running mates for George W. Bush on the Republican ticket for president. Please tell me which of the following individuals you would most like to see as vice president. . . ."

Repub-
licans/
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% %
Former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell 40 39
Arizona Senator John McCain 20 18
Former Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole 15 19
New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman 5 5
Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson 4 6
Ohio Congressman John Kasich 3 4
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge 3 3
None/Other (vol.) 3 1
Not sure 7 5

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Asked of Republicans and independents who answered "Colin Powell" to question above:
"If Colin Powell were not an option for vice president, which of the following would you most like to see as vice president? . . ."

Repub-
licans/
Indepen-
dents
Repub-
licans
% %
Arizona Senator John McCain 36 36
Former Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole 27 28
Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson 8 9
New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman 7 6
Ohio Congressman John Kasich 6 7
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge 2 1
None/Other (vol.) 4 3
Not sure 10 10

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2000. N=499 likely voters nationwide. MoE +/- 5.

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"If George W. Bush were to name John McCain to be his vice-presidential running mate this fall, would that make you more likely to vote for Bush, less likely, or would it not affect your vote?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
More likely 26 28 41 11
Less likely 8 7 9 7
Would not affect vote 64 63 47 81
No opinion 2 2 3 1

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 22-23, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"As you know, both George Bush and Al Gore will now have to select vice-presidential candidates to run with them. Which of the following people do you think should be the Republican vice-presidential nominee . . . ?"
%
Arizona Senator John McCain 27
Former Red Cross president Elizabeth Dole 19
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani 6
New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman 6
New York Governor George Pataki 3
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge 3
Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson 3
Florida Senator Connie Mack 2
Other (vol.) 3
Not sure 28

.

"And, which of the following people do you think should be the Democratic vice-presidential nominee . . . ?"
%
Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley 27
California Senator Dianne Feinstein 10
Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey 6
Florida Senator Bob Graham 5
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry 4
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson 4
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh 3
Other (vol.) 6
Not sure 35

 

Zogby International Poll. March 15-17, 2000. Nationwide.

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Asked of likely Democratic voters (N=322):
"Who of the following do you think is the best choice for vice president on the Democratic ticket in November . . . ?"
%
Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley 23
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell 13
California Senator Barbara Boxer 8
South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle 6
Florida Senator Bob Graham 6
Louisiana Senator John Breaux 5
Indiana Senator Evan Bayh 4
Other (vol.) 8
Not sure 27

.

Asked of likely Republican voters (N=282):
"Who of the following do you think is the best choice for vice president on the Republican ticket in November . . . ?"
%
Former director of the Red Cross Elizabeth Dole 29
Arizona Senator John McCain 27
Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson 6
New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman 5
New York Governor George Pataki 5
Florida Senator Connie Mack 4
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge 3
Michigan Governor John Engler 3
Other (vol.) 7
Not sure 12

 

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