Poll: Rubio top choice for VP among voters

But plurality favors someone established over newcomer

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on April 23, 2012, in Aston, Pa. Rubio is one of many legislators and governors being considered for Romney's running mate. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on April 23, 2012, in Aston, Pa. Rubio is one of many legislators and governors being considered for Romney's running mate. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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Marco Rubio is the favorite choice to be Mitt Romney's Republican vice-presidential nominee among voters overall and even more so among Republicans, reports a new IBOPE Inteligência poll.

The nationwide interactive poll finds 22 percent of overall voters prefer that Romney pick Rubio as a running mate, and 36 percent of Republican voters echo the sentiment.

However, when asked about the qualities Romney should look for in a potential vice president, a plurality selected a profile that may not fit Rubio. Overall, 44 percent of voters choose someone "who has an established record in public office or government and will be seen as acceptable to moderate voters," and 15 percent choose someone "with little or no history of public office who will generate enthusiasm among particular groups (i.e. ideological, ethnic, racial, gender)." Results among Republicans were similar to those of all voters, with 40 percent choosing the model for a more established politician .

Rubio, 41, is in his first term as U.S. Senator from Florida, and one of his perceived assets to be on the ticket is his Hispanic heritage. Nearly three-fourths, 73 percent, say Romney's choice for running mate will have no influence on their votes, while 6 percent say it will have a great deal of influence, and 18 percent say it will have some.

The poll listed 12 possible running mates for Romney: Rubio, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Among all voters, no one besides Rubio draws 10 percent or more, with Jindal at 8 percent and Ryan at 7 percent. Among Republicans only, 12 percent choose Jindal and 10 percent Ryan.

A total of 42 percent overall were either not sure (28 percent) or want "someone else" (14 percent). Among Republicans, 17 percent are not sure and 6 percent want "someone else."

IBOPE Inteligência conducted an online survey of 2,071 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. A sampling of IBOPE Inteligência's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate from June 22-25. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender and education to more accurately reflect the population.

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