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. M-W-T

    Romney/Ryan.....The WORST REPUBLICANS IN THE COUNTRY
    There goes your SS, there goes Medicare

    4 more for 44

    August 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Jason

    Ryan was pretty good until 2010, which then he got a little loco with his proposed 5 freeze on discretionary spending, the end of medicare, and the addition of an 8.5% consumption tax to off set the deficit created by the deficit caused by his proposed 25% max income tax rate. Really hope the guy would just chill and stop listening to the teabaggers.

    August 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. carlos

    and ryan walks out to the theme song of ARMAGEDDON.....way to show us reality willard

    August 11, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. SaltyBob

    Wow the 2 top death panel guys and they are smiling if these 2 get elected thousands of Americans will die from lack of health care and the end to the preexisting conditions rule but they dont care see the smiles. Oh I know they are gona be smiling all the way to the bank, how can we even consider people like these who put the all mighty dollar ahead of living people. Guess thats the republican way now. Obama/Biden 2012 save a life it might be yours.

    August 11, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. No-Kool-Aid Here

    It is really should be, "Barak Who???". You know...the enept guy in the White House now that is ruining America!

    August 11, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Howard

    Polls ... Paul who? ... This just shows how STUPID the people you polled are.
    Ryan is a sincere, extremely competent choice ... if we have 4 more years of
    obama, the WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY ... there goes America !!!

    August 11, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. gbf

    Scared this independent away.

    August 11, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. eviltaxpayer

    I see the obama robots are right on tempo- the acorn /welfare posters will do anything to avoid talking about the arrogant one obamas record.
    Ryans just the newest diversion.

    August 11, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Dave

    Caling people Tea Baggers just cracks me up; especially when it is so obvious those same posters know nothing about the REAL Tea Party, and are relying 100% on what their biased MSM prints as sound bites.

    August 11, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Dave

    Calling people Tea Baggers just cracks me up; especially when it is so obvious those same posters know nothing about the REAL Tea Party, and are relying 100% on what their biased MSM prints as sound bites.

    August 11, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. ROMNEY AND PAUL + GREED and HATE

    OBAMA 2012! For a COMPASSIONATE AMERICA

    August 11, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Bob

    A MORMON and a CATHOLIC walk into a bar...

    August 11, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. JiminNM

    Will vote for Ron Paul, the real Paul, the Paul who isn't a corporate pawn like Ryan, Romney, Obama, Biden and countless other politicians.

    August 11, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Funny reading the right wing responses to Ryan. Seems you all know the election has been lost already. Romney / Ryan means no more middle class. Doubt the pick put Wisconsin in play but it certainly lost Florida by 4 points.

    August 11, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. WCS

    This President makes Jimmy Carter look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    Up until 2008 Jimmy was the worst President, now everyone knows he’s the second worst. The fact both are democrats is not lost on any one.

    August 11, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Nietodarwin

    Great pick. Attack Women's rights to civil rights and basic health care. Glory be to Jesus, (and the poor wenches can just obey their men and master our lord.) Get on your knees, lift your hands together, in "prayer."

    August 11, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. charlie

    Just a couple of questions/comments:
    Wasn’t it great that the GOP could take the Headlines away from the Olympics; from the athletes that have had to work SOOO hard for what they have done and are doing compared to the GOP that could care less. What a “slap in the face” of those that have had to work hard for a few minutes of fame.
    Do we want Paul Ryan as (God forbid) President?
    Do we want a President/Vice President that had never had to wonder where their next meal or prescription is coming from? Or who has ever had a job, and still had to worry about how they are going to pay their bills?
    What is going to happen to the low-income and seniors that have no place to live, no money for food or health care, or no respect for anything they have done?
    Has anyone heard how the GOP is going to create jobs? NO, they have more interest in cutting Medicare, Medicaid, or anything else that takes more money out of the pockets of those that have the least in their pockets.
    I just hope that this VP announcement has opened the eyes of people that think ANYTHING will be better if the GOP has anything to say about it. That includes GOP Representatives and Congressmen, who have done NOTHING to help this great country in the last 4 years.

    August 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Nietodarwin

    Taliban-gelicals will be happy. There aren't enough of those fanatics to win the election, so I guess Dems will be happy with the pick too.

    August 11, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. G Smith

    I think Romney got it right for a change...He introduced Ryan as the next President of the US...Romney is such a loser!

    August 11, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Loveamerica

    Great choice. A disciplined man, with great ideas to bring the economy back, and restore the country to its greatness. Thoughtful, smart, and fiscally responsible. Unfortunately, there are too many people with their hands out waiting for the crumbs Obama is throwing their way.

    August 11, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. James, AL

    Romney just made his path to 270 electoral votes much harder. Who is going to vote for Romney when his VP is more clueless, even less compassionate than he is, and has zero foreign policy experience. This says a lot about Romney and how prepared he is to take on the issues facing our country. One of his problems is that he does not care about what happens to people. He is looking for another trophy to put on his shelf, why not president?

    August 11, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Dolly

    This is the worst choice ever!!!!

    August 11, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Steve - Dallas

    Oh, goody. Matching Ken dolls.

    August 11, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Where is there coverage on President Obama, why is CNN cramming the Repuglicans down Americans throat? Noticed they had to make sure to let everyone know that Obama also introduced his VP incorrectly....push, push, push the Repuglicans forward. We need balanced coverage....where is it. We don't want opinions of the reporters, just the facts. Of course that will never happen at CNN.

    August 11, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Dnick47

    Ryan is so callous and mean spirited that he make Cheney seem like Santa Clause

    August 11, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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