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. Ranz

    Sort of a repeat of 2008. This time with a fiscally divisive instead of a socially divisive VP pick.

    August 11, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. TIESHA

    WEll...obama has JOE BIDEN!

    August 11, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Alan

    Anyone who does not know who Paul Ryan is is not qualified to vote.

    August 11, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Southerner01

    Romney picked someone very qualified and intelligent to be his VP candidate, which flies in the face of every tradition. He was supposed to pick an incompetent bozo like Joe Biden, Al Gore, Dan Quayle or Walter Mondale.

    August 11, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. LouAZ

    Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee . . . both Corporate shills.

    August 11, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. CB FL

    How many years of his tax returns did he have to turn over to Willard?

    August 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. nolimits3333

    Paul Ryan wants to kill Social Security and Medicare.

    Paul Ryan is a kooky Ayn Rand devotee.

    August 11, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Obama/Biden-2012 - Incompetent and Senile, Stumbling, Bumbling Forward to Bankruptcy and Ruin

    I REALLY look forward to Ryan decimating Crazy Joe in their debate. Obama will really regret no tgetting rid of him and going with Hillary instead.

    August 11, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. acura2010

    Where was Ryan under the eight years of Bush! He so fiscal responsible and decades in Washington, where was he! Our seniors wake up, young people, don't allow Wall Street gamble on your future.

    August 11, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. MediaSells

    Oh that's "rich". The reason why nobody knows him is because he's a noob with ZERO state-wide experience, and even LESS foreign policy – Oh and he came up with a budget that made zero sense but involved cutting vital, vital, vital programs like MediCaid which is the total opposite of Romney's healthcare design – So basically he chose him, banking on the unknown, because all the other potential candidates have blemishes on their records that we would have known about. Essentially this is EXACTLY the same plan that McCain went with when he picked Sarah Palin and look how that turned out. Although I will be fair and say that Paul Ryan has to be smarter than her – pet rocks were.

    August 11, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. WiredWeirdinSF

    Hate to see a decent, hard working, tax paying American being demeaned, degradaded and dimished for having principles, morality, ethics and honesty, but as you can see from the drug addled, welfare fraud devotees of the liberal agenda, these are traits that fly in the face of their philosphy and lifestyle, so he must be destroyed even if it means lying and deceit which is what they do with anyone who opposes them.

    August 11, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. DanW

    Anybody who is retired or thinks they want to retire some day should be very wary of this team!

    August 11, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Indy

    Its been a painful eight years watching Romney run for President and then he picks the one that will guarantee a loss

    August 11, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Jane Evron

    Great pick! I am now NOT voting for Obama.

    August 11, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. tess

    ELection pick is quite clear where you lean.... A Romney – Paul Ryan ticket means you will work for yourself and your earned paycheck will belong most to you, an Obama -Biden ticket will continue such as you work for the government your earned paycheck will belong to them. Look at it today! How much do they take? Especailly paying for everyone's medical bills with Obama care wait till that beast get unleashed next year when we begin paying for it in Jan 2013...... Big difference in the two parties.

    August 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Af

    Romney AND Ryan are too dump to be President and Vice President of USA. Ryan'S MEDIACRE/MEDICAID CUT IS TO BAD FOR AMERICAN SENIOR
    BAD CHOICE

    August 11, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Rationalintn

    We are living in some sort of twilight zone. For Romney and Ryan to propose that wealthy Americans should get a huge tax cut in our current economy, while we are going on to a $16 trillion deficit– and then middle class Americans would support this plan at their own expense??? Twilight zone.

    August 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. John C

    What a damn joke. They do not have a brain between the two of them. I agree with the writer who labeled them corporate shills.

    August 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Ed1

    The people who say Paul who vote and that's scary sounds like they are from Leno Walking just plain stupid people who are on government hand outs.

    I think you Obama fans just need to thank God everyday that we have a chance to correct your mistakes that you made by electing Obama four years ago. O ur country has gone to the crapper and the only way back is to have people stop living off the government and stop all of the out of control spending this President and for two years his DEM buddies in the Senate and Congress who would just say yes because Obama was our first half black and half white President.

    I will correct my mistake that I made when I voted for Obama and not do it twice.

    God bless America and thank you for giving me a second chance to correct a wrong I did almost four years ago our Country can't survive four more years of no leadership and out of control spending.

    August 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. Grim Reaper

    People maybe don't yet know enough about Ryan but they've had four years getting to know Dumb and Dumber. WHERE ARE THE JOBS OBAMA!!!!

    August 11, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Joe Brown

    Oh Look! TWO Plutocrats on the campaign bus!!

    August 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. lies from the right but mostly hate

    When romney-ryan lose in nov. I'm hoping they both fade into obscurity.

    August 11, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Joan

    Paul Ryan is lies and more lies. If you are a middle class in America you should be very very scared.
    These people did not allow President Obama to carry out any of his plans. Paul Ryan and his cronies have the majority inthe congress for over
    2 years now. What have they done to make the economy better. They just keep blaming it all on Obama.

    August 11, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    This could not be better for the Left. This will galvanize many groups who will do as much as possible to give this guy out. We are sending more money to Obama today: our third or fourth contribution so far. Also, expect Obama to wipe the floor with Romney, who is showing signs of possible Alzheimer's. Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. Hud

    Comical that the background music when Paul Ryan walks out is the theme to...Armegeddon

    August 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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