New polls shows Nikki Haley at bottom of list for Trump's VP choices

 March 30, 2024

Former President Donald Trump's running mate pick will undoubtedly dominate the headlines when it happens.

He also has a deep bench of potential VP picks, most of which seem to poll well with a majority of his supporters -- with one glaring exception.

According to a recent poll regarding his potential VP selection, it looks as though Trump can select literally anyone but former GOP presidential candidate and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Not that it's much of a surprise, given how Haley walked herself into Republican career turmoil by staying in the race much longer than most had hoped, but a recent Economist/YouGov survey revealed that Haley is at the very bottom of the barrel when it comes to potential Trump VP picks.

The survey

Making the top of the list out of ten potential vice presidents was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who was able to garner a staggering 68% approval rating.

The survey noted who trailed DeSantis:

He was followed by former Trump-era housing chief Ben Carson at 60%, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-AR) at 57%, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) at 56%, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy at 55%, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) at 53%, Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) at 45%, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at 42%, and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) at 30%.

Even better for Trump's potential VP picks was that the survey revealed their approval ratings outweighed their disapproval ratings -- all by at least 14% or more.

But again, the exception was Haley, as the outlet noted:

The one exception was Haley. While 36% approved of Trump picking her, 51% of registered Republicans and independents who lean right disapproved of putting her on the ticket.

Haley already came into the race looking a little too much like an establishment, swampy Republican for most of Trump's supporters. That was only made magnitudes worse as she ramped up attacks on the former president during her time in the race before she was humiliated in virtually every primary election.

The former UN ambassador focused most of her attacks on Trump's age, which clearly didn't pan out well.

Trump's VP possibilities

The number of names on the dynamic list of possible VP picks is impressive and includes a wide array of different candidates.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has been mentioned as a frontrunner by Trump himself. Others want to see Vivek Ramaswamy or a female candidate like Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) or Gov. Kristi Noem (R).

Many of Trump's supporters are urging the president to pick controversial loyalists like Kari Lake or Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, although such picks, according to observers, would hinder his appeal to voters in the middle, which he needs in order to win several swing states.

Only time will tell who he ultimately selects.

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