NBC poll: Voters want economic expertise from McCain’s VP

posted at 8:06 pm on July 23, 2008 by Allahpundit

For Obama’s VP, the same question splits roughly evenly between military/foreign affairs and the economy. Advantage: Chris Cox? Or is he too much of a “boring, normal, mainstream Republican white guy”?

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The rest of the crosstabs, which are mercifully few, are here. Not too many surprises: Maverick leads big on C-in-C and experience, Obama the unknown quantity is seen as riskier, etc. But do note that Obama’s 47/41 lead expands to 48/35 if Nader and Barr are added to the race — with Nader taking five percent to Barr’s two. Why he’d be peeling votes away from McCain instead of Barry O is mystifying to me, unless the contingent of Hillary diehards looking for any alternative to Obama is larger than we think.

Also, 60 percent favor a timetable in Iraq, but then “timetable” has always been a proxy for “withdrawal sooner rather than later” and majorities have favored that for awhile now.


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Eh, it would be easy to read too much into this. For example, a Steve Forbes pick would probably not help McCain too much.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Chris Cos will be pummeled in the press for the SEC’s ignoring of the Bear Sterns debacle. I’m with Mitt.

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Cos Cox

JustTruth101 on July 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Hmmmm…aren’t there any non-boring white dudes who have economic experience?

It's Vintage, Duh on July 23, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Too bad Dr. Walter E. Williams is even older than McCain. I could listen to him talk about the economy all day. I love it when he subs for Rush.

aero on July 23, 2008 at 8:24 PM

Voters want economic expertise from McCain’s VP

Well, knock me over with a feather.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:33 PM

The truth of the matter is that very few national politicians are particularly expert–more so than their colleagues at least–on economic matters. National politicians are egomaniacal lawyers and the like who learn what they learn through experience on committees and those sorts of things.

With that in mind, it seems to me that someone with successful business experience is not necessarily any more of an expert on economics than someone who has experience as a successful governor. You can sell either as an expert to the public.

DaveS on July 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM

[aero on July 23, 2008 at 8:24 PM]

I’ve been meaning to mention Williams or Sowell for some time now, but thought they’d both be too old to want to do it. Williams, I think, would be great with the public, while Sowell might be better in the DC/Finance arguments.

Dusty on July 23, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Mitt is the most able VP candidate, if part of the job is showing up on Sunday talk shows and speaking with clarity about the economy. It would be good for them to get Carly Fiorina off the point position on economic matters.

dedalus on July 23, 2008 at 8:37 PM

Too bad Dr.Walter E Williams…

areo on July 23,2008 at 8:24PM.

areo: I fully agree with you on Walter,if I’m not mistaken
he’s a Professor?

And your right,when he fills in for Rush,he’s very
entertaining,especially the story he tells,about when
he was younger,gets in trouble and proceeds to get a
branch from a tree in his yard,a switch,and in comical
detail,explains how he gets disciplined by his mom,
great stuff!:)

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

I would just like a conservative.

davidk on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

It better not be anyone who has ever had anything to do with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or any of the GSEs.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Michigan Democrats are already running ads against Romney.

Greenhorn on July 23, 2008 at 8:43 PM

I believe this simple two step; might resolve all the problems Senator McCain has recently been having with the historical time line of military events as they have evolved during the War in Iraq.

1] Drop all but only passing references to the War, while extemporaneously stumping during campaign stops.

2] Concentrate on the terrible state of the US economy which President Bush has actually run into the proverbial ditch.

J_Gocht on July 23, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Mitt is the VP,so like make it official,
and get er done,and lets roll!

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Hmmmmmm…

20A is a hoot!

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM

What crosstabs? No indication of how many Democrats and Republicans in the sample? Isn’t that how anyone can judge the reliability of a poll?

Maybe NBC was finding out whom Democrats would want for McCain’s VP. But Democrats probably don’t have McCain’s best interests in mind…

Steve Z on July 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM

[canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM]

Yeah, a professor at George Mason. He’s had a column for a long time too, though I quite reading the paper variety when he went on Townhall, in the late nineties I think.

Dusty on July 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM

It better not…

MB4 on July 23,2008 at 8:41PM.

MB4: MB,I fully agree,any connection to Fanny Mae or
Freddy Mac,would be a Lefty media frenzy!:)

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM

1] Drop all but only passing references to the War, while extemporaneously stumping during campaign stops.

J_Gocht on July 23, 2008 at 8:44 PM

I doubt McCain could do that. It would be almost like asking the Pope to give up Jesus.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Cheney’s still breathing ain’t he???

With his Haliburton connections, he could just buy everyone off!!

BigWyo on July 23, 2008 at 8:52 PM

Charlie Gibson’s gotcha question this evening about ‘undivided’ Jerusalem gave Barry a few more grey hairs. He’s off to Berlin in the morning.

The sample isn’t broken down (except by sex) and the only other id is ‘voters’. LVs or RVs?

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM

I fully agree,any connection to Fanny Mae or
Freddy Mac,would be a Lefty media frenzy!:)

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Yes, even though some of theirs have been neck deep in them too.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:56 PM

How on frigging earth in Nader registering 5% on this poll?

okonkolo on July 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM

okonkolo on July 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM

That happens when 500 of the 1003 phone calls are placed to Portland, Oregon.

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 8:58 PM

How on frigging earth in Nader registering 5% on this poll?

okonkolo on July 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM

With the two major parties set to nominate two such great candidates that is very hard to believe.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Yeah,

Dusty on July 23,2008 at 8:48PM.

Dusty: Thankyou for the info.:)

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 9:02 PM

NBC 1000 ‘voters’, Barry +6 with a +/- 3 point margin of error

Gallup 2700 RVs, Barry +4 with a +/-2 point margin of error

Rasmussen 3000, LVs, Barry +2 with a +/-2 point margin of error.

Team Barry just can’t get any traction. The race is as good as tied at this point. Howard Dean weeps.

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Team Barry just can’t get any traction.

Limerick on July 23,2008 at 9:18PM.

Limerick: Did you factor in the other 7 non-existent
States into the equation?hahahahha!:)

canopfor on July 23, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Do the ‘also-ran’ Loosertarians have a candidate yet??

After McCain clinches the GOP nomination…mebbe…

Ron Paul???

BigWyo on July 23, 2008 at 9:29 PM

MB…

I could go with some of the points but the wrap up was bile….

It’s time for the Arizona Senator to stop whining about the media that has, on the whole, been as kind to him as it has been to Obama,

Maybe in OZ…..

Limerick on July 23, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I’m still waiting for the Democraps to announce that since the first Messiah didn’t need a vice-president, this one doesn’t either.

MrScribbler on July 23, 2008 at 9:53 PM

Wouldn’t matter.
McCain will never take good advice.
His OPINIONS on EVERY subject have ALWAYS trumped any sort of reality.

LegendHasIt on July 23, 2008 at 9:55 PM

It better not be anyone who has ever had anything to do with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or any of the GSEs.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

I guess Jamie Gorelick isn’t on the short list.

Buy Danish on July 23, 2008 at 11:34 PM

The only VP expertise either of these parties needs is a guy who can keep the treasury printing press cranking.

mylegsareswollen on July 24, 2008 at 1:28 AM

So, 60% want “an expert on the economy”, but only 22% want “experience in the business world”.

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 24, 2008 at 2:18 AM

Really? Do they really mean it? Do people really want Allan Greenspan? Seriously?

This is like asking what people want in a lover. A sense of humor? If that were the truth Steven Wright would be the sexiest man alive. Don’t even get me started on Phillis Diller.

- The Cat

P.S. Patricia Heaton? Ok, but it ain’t about her comic timing honey.

MirCat on July 24, 2008 at 2:44 AM

Welcome aboard, Mitt.

Seixon on July 24, 2008 at 3:39 AM

If the government would spend like most housewives have to watch the family budget, we’d be in a lot better shape.

GO PALIN !!!

stenwin77 on July 24, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Yeah but — the problem for Obambi is if he puts someone with experience on the ticket, experience in basically anything since anything would help, most people would immediately say the ticket is upside down. Obambi on the bottom might work :-)

Not true with McCain, all he needs is a complimentary economic conservative.

tarpon on July 24, 2008 at 7:43 AM

You know I thought of a name this morning, that I have not heard banded about, but may be a good choice for McCain and that would be John Kasich. Any idea about him?

ConservativePartyNow on July 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

It better not be anyone who has ever had anything to do with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae or any of the GSEs.

MB4 on July 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Don’t worry, there are only Democrats responsible for that mess. Which is why the media have swept it under the rug completely. Go read Paul Gigot’s column in the WSJ yesterday.

John Kasich would be a great pick. He’s already known to millions of Fox News viewers, comes from a blue-collar family, and chaired the House Budget Committee when Congress produced the first balanced federal budget in 40 years. He knows more about the federal budget than almost anyone else on the planet. Would take Ohio off the map for the Dems and would help a lot in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

rockmom on July 24, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Hey, how about Phil Gramm for VP? He’s an economics genius and is great at dishing out the tough love, which is all this nation of whiners needs.

james23 on July 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

james23 on July 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Didn’t you get the memo?

Phil Gramm has been thrown under the ‘Straight Talk Express’ bus already:

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/18/gramm-steps-aside-to-end-distraction/

LegendHasIt on July 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM