STATE – Gov. Chris Christie placed third in a new national poll of registered voters who were asked who should be the Republican nominee for Vice President. Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio topped the list in the poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, followed by former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Christie.
Rubio is mentioned 66 times in the study, or a little more than 8 percent of the time, by a mixture of registered Republicans, “lean” Republicans, and independents. “The question was open-ended,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll, “so people came up with his name without any prompt.”
Christie was mentioned 47 times, or 6%, without any prompt, placing third in mentions ahead of Sarah Palin, the GOP’s Vice Presidential candidate last time around.
“Anytime you place ahead of Sarah Palin,” said Woolley, “call yourself a winner. Her name recognition and presence are formidable.”
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 799 registered Republican and independent voters nationwide was conducted by both landlines and cell phones from Feb. 6 through Feb.12, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.
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