Fallin Is Most Likable, Most Unknown For VP Pick, According To Poll

Saturday, May 14th 2016, 6:43 pm
By: Grant Hermes

Liked but unknown is the take away for Gov. Mary Fallin, according to a new poll.

The poll, from the firm Morning Consult, polled 66,000 registered voters, according to a company spokesperson.

Fallin had the lowest unfavorable numbers at just 18 percent but 46 percent of voters said they'd never heard of her, something experts say may not help her chances of being presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's pick.

“You're literally guessing into the unknown,” OU political science department chair Keith Gaddie said. "The thing we know about running mates is when running mates are chosen who are unknown to both the general public and the Washington establishment bad things tend to happen.”

Bringing on an unknown isn't unheard of. In 2008, John McCain picked then, little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hoping to unite the party.

Fallin's name was floated by a Trump spokesperson several weeks ago.

Her experience in fundraising and her time in Congress could help Trump extend an olive branch to the rest of the GOP.

Fallin is also popular with women, a group of voters that Trump has repeatedly offended and one Republicans will need to win the White House.

But Fallin ranks in top ten least liked governors in their states, according to a second Morning Consult poll. This potentially shows those that know her best like her the least.

She doesn't have a lot of legislative success. She doesn't have success working across the aisle. She doesn't have a lot of success from her four years in Washington,” Gaddie said. “There's not a track record there of the kind of bipartisan reaching across the aisle that matters.”

But the choice will ultimately be made by party rank and file.

“At the end of the day, the choice of vice president rests on one single question. And this is a question that no one can answer except the voter in the voting booth. Absent the president, is this someone you trust to run the country?” Gaddie said.