What do New York Voters Want Hillary Clinton to do?
One of the main discussions of the day is who is going to be the vice presidential nominee of both major parties. A ticket of Barack Obama/ Hillary Clinton or vice versa has been called the dream ticket for the Democrats, but what do Hillary Clinton’s constituents in New York think about that plan?
They do not like it, at least according to the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports. In this poll, just 29% think she should be the Vice Presidential nominee while 37% want her to remain in the Senate and 23% just wish she would go away. Then there is another 7% who would like to see her run for Governor of New York in 2010 and 3% who would like to see her as Mayor of New York City.
Of course, there is a big difference in the opinions of the members of the different parties. With the Republican, 14% would like to see her as the candidate, 20% would like to see her stay in the Senate, 13% want her to run for Governor, 4% want her to run for Mayor and 50% want her to just go away. With the Democrats, 42% want her to be the candidate and an equal number want her to remain in the Senate. Then there is 6% who want her to run for Governor, 3 % who want her to run for Mayor and just 6% want her to go away. And with the all important independent voters, 19% want her to be the candidate, 43% want her to remain in the Senate, 4% want her to run for Governor. 2% want her to run for Mayor and 33% want her to go away.
It would take a miracle for the Republicans to win in New York. The way it is in the latest poll, Obama is leading McCain by a margin of 60 to 29%. The reason for this can be seen in how New York voters think of the pressing issues of the day. On the war, 62% think it is more important to bring the troops home while 27% say winning the war is more important. And only 23% say the current President is doing a good or excellent job while 62% say it is poor.
Of course, even if she were asked to be Vice President, the ultimate choice would be hers and hers alone. On thing for sure, Obama is not going to tip his hand one way or the other before the convention, which would give John McCain more time to make his choice. With the Democratic convention coming first, even by just a little bit, it does give them the advantage of hitting the trail as a team before the Republicans.