31% Say Biden Will Be Obama’s Running Mate in 2012, 31% Disagree


Vice President Joe Biden has been plagued with gaffes since taking office, and voters are now evenly divided over whether he will be President Obama’s running mate again in 2012.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% believe Biden will be on the Democratic national ticket in the next presidential election, but the identical number (31%) say he will not be. However, a substantial number (38%) are not sure.

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans – 44% to 22% – to think the longtime senator from Delaware will be running again with Obama. Only 24% of Democrats say he will not be, but nearly one-out-of-three Democrats (32%) are undecided. Biden, then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was chosen in 2008 in part to bring foreign policy experience which Obama lacked to the party’s ticket.

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