Mike Pence Generates Little Enthusiasm Among Voters, Poll Shows

Pence was praised by party figures Friday. (Image via flickr)

With mounting news reports signaling that Donald Trump will choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, recent Morning Consult polling shows he would generate little enthusiasm among voters.

According to a national Morning Consult survey of more than 2,000 voters taken this past weekend, just 12 percent of respondents said Pence’s position on the ticket would make them more likely to back Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, over Hillary Clinton in November.

Almost half of voters (48 percent) said Trump picking Pence would have no impact on their decision at the ballot box. Voters expressed more enthusiasm for other VP candidates, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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When voters were asked if they had a favorable or unfavorable view of Pence, a large majority of voters had no opinion or had never heard of the Indiana governor, regardless of political affiliation. Sixty-five percent of Republicans said they had no opinion or had never heard of Pence. Seventy-one percent of independents and 65 percent of Democrats said the same.

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In the Hoosier State, almost half (47 percent) of voters approve of Pence’s job performance, with 40 percent voicing disapproval. He is the 36th-ranked governor in the U.S. in terms of job approval, according to Morning Consult’s Political Index.

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Pence was elected to the Governor’s Mansion in 2012. He is a former House Republican Conference Chairman and was elected to the House in 2000. He is well-respected by conservative leaders, including current House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who earlier Thursday called himself “a big fan” of the governor.

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