Quinnipiac asked about six possible vice presidents: Someone who is black, a woman, LGBT, Latino, Jewish or Muslim. Very few people had any issue with the idea of a black vice president, with 95 percent of respondents saying that they'd be very or somewhat comfortable with such a candidate. Over 90 percent of respondents were as comfortable with a woman, a Jewish vice president or a Latino. And then the numbers dropped off.
Only 73 percent of people were comfortable with a potential LGBT vice president, with 50 percent saying that they'd be very comfortable with such a candidate. For a Muslim, the numbers were lower: Only a third would by very comfortable and 22 percent somewhat.
Those figures vary depending on the party of the respondent. Democrats were much more accepting of all of the possible vice presidential picks, but similarly saw a drop-off for a potential LGBT or Muslim candidate. (Democrats were also the only group among which fewer people said they felt very comfortable with a Jewish vice president than a Latino one.)
Republicans were less friendly to a minority vice president across the board, but were particularly skeptical of a Muslim pick. Only 13 percent of Republicans said they'd feel "very" comfortable with a Muslim vice president -- and just shy of half said they'd be "not at all" comfortable with one.
(Independents largely mirrored the overall results.)
There's probably a layer of politics here, of course. Republicans may be less enthusiastic about a woman as vice president in part because some anticipate that Hillary Clinton will pick exactly that: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
It's also worth noting that Democrats are probably more likely to see the choice of a minority to serve as vice president as a stand against prejudice. Ninety-four percent of Democrats in the poll see prejudice against minority groups as a very or somewhat serious problem -- compared to 63 percent of Republicans who say the same.
The odds remain good that this question will remain purely theoretical. No member of any of the above groups has ever served as vice president; to our knowledge, only three times has one been nominated by a major party (Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, Joe Lieberman in 2000 and Sarah Palin in 2008).
It seems much more likely that we'll see the first black and female presidents, in fact, before we see the first vice president who is anything other than a straight, white male.