Swing State Voters Not Fans of Joe Biden

Posted: May 24, 2012 7:39 AM

Vice President Joe Biden's gaffes are finally catching up with him. Biden is no longer getting away with his, "Oh it's just Joe," moments in swing states and may pose an even greater threat to President Obama's re-election campaign in the fall according to a new poll.

In a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, Americans split on whether they like or dislike the vice president – 42% said they had a favorable opinion, 45% said unfavorable – but the numbers are worse in key swing states.

In the 12 swing states likely to determine the outcome of the presidential election, only 40% of registered voters view Biden favorably, while 54% view him unfavorably. These numbers are worse than President Obama's who is seen favorably by 50% of registered voters in those same states and unfavorably by 49%.

The 12 swing states in the poll are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. These states are all considered too close to call for the November election.

Independents are also down on the VP, with 50% saying they view him unfavorably and 35% holding a favorable view. The survey found the same pattern with voters who are not strongly committed to any candidate, with 52% viewing Biden unfavorably and only 33% holding a favorable view.

Should Obama choose someone else as vice president, Biden will have to move out of the vice president's residence or in other words, his "beautiful home" that we "pay him a lot of money" to have.