Biden should look for VP with executive experience over gender, race: poll

A majority of registered voters think it is important that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden focus on legislative or executive experience over selecting a woman or a person of color as his running mate, a poll released on Wednesday shows.

The Politico/Morning Consult survey, conducted after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the 2020 race last week, found 66 percent opt for a vice president with executive experience and 67 percent want someone with legislative experience, while 29 percent chose a woman and 22 percent picked a person of color.

Only 14 percent of respondents said it was important for the 77-year-old Biden to pick a man, and 48 percent said he should select somebody younger.

Among Democrats, 79 percent want a veep nominee with executive experience and 81 percent say legislative experience is important.

Forty-nine percent of respondents believe Biden should select a woman, 34 percent go with a person of color, 13 percent opt for a man and 53 percent said the nominee should be younger than Biden.

Biden, who served as veep during President Obama’s two terms in office, has promised to select a woman as a running mate.

Speculation has focused on one-time presidential rivals Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

But Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s name has popped up recently as she leads her state’s coronavirus response and is highly popular.

Warren has the highest favorability rating of that group with 36 percent.

Klobuchar and Harris tie at 32 percent, and Whitmer has 14 percent.

The poll was conducted between April 10-12 and surveyed 1,990 registered voters.

It has a plus/minus 2 percentage points margin of error.

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