Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump's running mate, has gone from "who?" to the most favored choice of voters in his vice presidential race with Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Rodham Clinton's No. 2.
A new Gallup poll finds that Pence outpaces Kaine on the favorability rating, 36 percent to 33 percent. And more Republicans like Pence than Democrats like Kaine, the sign of a good pick by Trump.
Rasmussen Reports, meanwhile, found that more voters would pick Pence over Kaine if Trump and Clinton got out of the race. Pence won 41 percent to 35 percent.
Rasmussen also found a similar enthusiasm gap in the parties. "Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Republicans would vote for Pence, 62% of Democrats for Kaine," said the poll analysis.
Gallup's survey tested the running mates before and after the convention and found the biggest positive bump for Pence.
"Pence is better known and liked across key subgroups than he was before the Republican convention, especially among members of his own Republican Party. Sixty-four percent of Republicans have a favorable impression of Pence, up from 40% in mid-July. He has risen to 33% favorability among independents and even has a 17% score among Democrats, up from a paltry 5% in July," said Gallup.
Not so with Kaine, said Gallup. "Americans' overall image of Kaine has become somewhat more negative since the beginning of the Democratic convention, contrasting with Pence's more positive movement. The U.S. senator from Virginia and former Virginia governor has a favorable rating of 33%, up from 24% before the convention. But his unfavorable rating has increased from 14% to 30%," said Gallup.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org