Polls: Paul Who?
August 11th, 2012
02:38 AM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Paul Who?

(CNN) – Mitt Romney made his long-anticipated vice presidential announcement Saturday morning, naming U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

Polls show Americans are largely unsure of Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee. A CNN/ORC International survey taken August 7-8 showed 54% of those polled saying they didn't know enough about Ryan to form an opinion. Twenty-seven percent said they viewed the Wisconsin congressman favorably and 19% viewed him unfavorably.

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Among Republicans polled, Ryan's favorability was higher - though 45% still said they didn't know enough about him to form an opinion. Ryan was viewed favorably by 49% of Republicans and unfavorably by 6%.

Twenty-seven percent of independents surveyed viewed Ryan favorably, compared to 22% who said they had an unfavorable opinion of him and 54% who were unsure.

When Republicans were asked in the who they'd like to see Romney choose as him running mate, 16% named Ryan. That placed him behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who had the backing of 28% of Republicans, and tied with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International, with 1,010 adults nationwide, including 419 Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP, questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points, with a sampling error of plus or minus five percentage points for questions only answered by Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP.

While Ryan is unknown by many Americans, the seven-term congressman cruised to victory in 2010 with 68% of the vote in his Wisconsin district. The Badger State went for President Barack Obama in 2008 by nearly 15 percentage points, but the latest polling in Wisconsin shows a much tighter race this time around.

A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll showed 51% of likely Wisconsin voters backing Obama, compared to 45% who back Romney. The former Massachusetts governor won the Wisconsin GOP primary on April 3 with 44% of the vote.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. mike chino hills

    As an Independent Latino, and registered Republican. I can not vote for this ticket. Mr. Romney comes across as a Pro Corporate, Pro Israli(taking money), flip flopper. I don't like Obama, but he is simply the better choice.

    August 11, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  2. oakhill3

    Once people find out he was a supporter of the Wall Street bailout, I'll bet that unfavorable rating will shoot way up. . . . .

    August 11, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  3. Sydnium S. Washington

    Ron Paul, that's who! Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk. Weird but true. How come?

    August 11, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  4. Edward

    If Obama wins, we only have 4 more years of Obama. If Rmney wins, we have possibly 8 more years of Obama. No difference in foreign policy, they both approved of bailouts for the rich, they both like NDAA and patriot act (which reduce your rights), they both want bigger deficits and more government, both want war with Iran, both think Israel should attack Iran and then pull us into a war with them that we simply can not afford.

    Wake up america, the military industrial complex has two puppets for you to vote for.

    August 11, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  5. Dave A

    One more stupid move by the repubes. What no condi Rice? They vetted her and found out the ugly truth about condi.. So lets see.. Who is next? We'll go with ryan. We like his nasty budget, cause we are nasty old white men!

    August 11, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    "I want to thank you for voting. Get your friends to go vote; get some friends to go with you. That's how you can legally vote multiple times. So bring your friends out to the polling place, get out and vote. And if you want another sandwich, there are more back there."
    --------------------------------------------------
    That was Willard trying to buy votes earlier this year with Paul Ryan in Wisconsin by giving out free sandwiches. That is against Wisconsin law. So not only is Willard a federal TAX CHEAT, he breaks state laws too.

    August 11, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  7. MATTER OF FACT

    Mitt Rommey and Paul Ryan-these two will REALLY put the screws to Americas middle class like a death knell! You say you don't know enough about Paul Rayan? Google his so-called budget plan and see for yourself how his plan would gut every program that benefits both the middle class and our senior citizens. As for Rommey, who still refuses to release all of this tax returns remember this---Where their is smoke there is bound to be fire! Vote for dumb and dumber at your own risk!

    August 11, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  8. Tom

    I am sure of Paul Ryan and he will make a good running partner for the Republican ticket.

    August 11, 2012 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  9. Susan

    If you really don't know who Paul Ryan is by now you've had your head buried in the sand not thinking much of politics or critical issues facing the country. You may as well put your head back in the sand if it feels good.

    August 11, 2012 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  10. JT

    Rubio, yes. Portman, maybe. Ryan, wouldn't have been my first pick. You know what they say, as goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation.

    August 11, 2012 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  11. 66Biker

    I'm an Independent voter and I am 100% sure I don't like Paul Ryan. Or Mitt Romney for that matter. I'd vote for Ron Paul before I would vote for either of them. And I'd vote for my neighbor's dog before I would vote for Ron Paul. So what does that tell you? Are they that bad or does my neighbor have an amazing dog?

    August 11, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  12. BGko

    So basically, 54% of the country doesn't even have a rudimentary understanding of present politics. That looks bad for Romney, as that will most likely be the 54% voting for Obama.

    August 11, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  13. Bob Ramos

    Romney has made a number of fundamental mistakes that summed together have cost him the election. Picking Ryan is one of the worst ones he made. Ryan, in his role as Budget chairman has tried to get a number of budgets passed that were so cruel to the middle/poor class and so favorable to the rich that even many in the GOP voted againist them.
    Whoever is advising Romney is doing a huge favor to the Democrats.

    August 11, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  14. Tony in Maine

    A skinny white guy who wants to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid andmost everything else the government does that distinguishes the 21st Century from the 13th Century.

    Henceforth taxes will be called "tribute" and paid directly to your lord who will take his cut (no "her" in this scheme folks) and pay tribute to the next lord up the chain until HRH King Mittens gets his share.

    August 11, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  15. Dan

    Was this the only guy that would only give 2 years of Tax Returns?

    August 11, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  16. Scott

    Good move by Romney. Exciting the Tea Party is his ticket to the White House.

    August 11, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  17. Debra from Georgia

    Medicaid gone
    Medicare gone
    Social Security go to the private sector and wall street
    AND, OUR OLD FOLKS LIVES IN PROVERTY, AND THESE TWO RICH MILLIONAIRE DO NOT CARE

    August 11, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Buyer beware. Ryan will gut Medicare with a voucher program at the expense of seniors and the middle class.

    August 11, 2012 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  19. southexas

    All I know about this goof ball is that he's out of touch with the middle class thus he has no votes from me.

    August 11, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    If President Obama is "waging a war on religion", then Paul Ryan is waging a war on seniors, the middle-class, and the poor. The man is more morally inept than Romney, if that's even possible.

    August 11, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  21. Jack in Florida

    Exciting??? Not.......Another Republican that wants to turn back the hands of time to the 1950's. Are there any Republicans with a vision FORWARD???!!!???

    August 11, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  22. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    He was orderded to pick rayan. Like norquist said we need a president to do what ever he is told. The man has no backbone. He is not a leader. He is the wuss.. but for shure he is a vulture. Release the tax returns.

    August 11, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  23. Wayne

    Will Romney REALLY bring aboard the nation's biggest supporter of scrapping Medicare?

    SERIOUSLY???????????

    August 11, 2012 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  24. Thomas

    U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the government’s loss of its AAA rating would raise the cost of mortgages and car loans.

    As Warren Buffett said at the time when shrugging off the downgrade: “In Omaha, the U.S. is still triple-A. In fact, if there were a quadruple-A rating, I’d give the U.S. that.”

    In 2002, Ryan voted in favor of the Iraq War resolution, authorizing President George W. Bush to use military force in Iraq.

    2012, Ryan accused the nation's top military leaders of using "smoke and mirrors" to remain under budget limits passed by Congress. Ryan later said that he misspoke on the issue and called General Martin Dempsey to apologize for his comments

    Romney / Ryan
    Wrong then , Wrong Now 2012

    August 11, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  25. PaulC

    I hope the American voters are aware that is is a slash and burn team. They will cut taxes and every social program that does not benefit the 1% group.
    They have a 2 plank platform. Cut taxes and regulations to the minimum. You will not have to pay any taxes from your minimum wage jobs but will have TOTAL FREEDOM to fund your own retirement and healthcare.
    If you think the economy is sluggish now stand by for further developments............

    August 11, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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