SurveyUSA put together four potential running mates for John McCain, four others for Barack Obama, and ran the sixteen resulting matchups against one other in each of seventeen states. For good measure, we began by asking registered voters if they would vote for McCain or Obama, without naming any running mates; the VP matchups were asked second.
Results of the first state, New Mexico, follow. Click the graphic to access the complete interactive crosstabs for the poll.
(How to read: In the first row, the hypothetical Republican ticket of John McCain and Mike Huckabee defeat the hypothetical Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel by 17 points, in an election today in the state of New Mexico. Continuing down the chart, pairings are sorted with those most favorable to the GOP on top and those most favorable to the Democrats at the bottom. The row showing a tie indicates that in that particular matchup — in this case, when we ask about John McCain and Barack Obama without naming any potential Vice Presidential running mates — the candidates tie.)
Research conducted for KOB-TV in Albuquerque.