Polls: Was Ryan a good pick for Romney?
August 13th, 2012
01:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Polls: Was Ryan a good pick for Romney?

(CNN) - So what do Americans think about the announcement of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential nominee?

According to a poll conducted the day after presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney named the House Budget chairman as his running mate, Americans may not be all that impressed. But another new survey indicates that Ryan's favorable rating has jumped.

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A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Sunday and released Monday indicates that 39% of the public sees Romney's choice of Ryan as excellent or pretty good, with 42% saying it's a fair or poor pick, and nearly one in five not having an opinion.

By comparison, 46% of registered voters, a slightly smaller pool, said that Sarah Palin was an excellent or pretty good choice immediately after Sen. John McCain of Arizona named the Alaska governor as the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Thirty-seven percent said she was a fair or poor choice and 17% had no opinion.

Forty-seven percent of registered voters said Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware was an excellent or pretty good choice immediately after Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois named Biden as his running mate four years ago. One in three said Biden was a fair or poor choice and 20% had no opinion.

According to the new survey, nearly half those questioned said Ryan was qualified to serve as president if something happened to Romney, with just under three in ten saying the seven term congressman from Wisconsin was not qualified.

Will the Ryan pick change minds?

The poll indicates that 17% say having Ryan on the Republican ticket makes them more likely to vote for Romney, with 12% saying it makes them less likely to cast a ballot for the presumptive GOP nominee. But two-thirds say the naming of Ryan as Romney's running mate has no effect on their vote.

As expected, Ryan's addition to the GOP ticket is boosting Americans knowledge of the congressman, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll also released Monday. Forty-five percent of those questioned in the survey Wednesday through Friday expressed no opinion of Ryan, but that dropped 15 points to 30% for those questioned on Saturday and Sunday, after Ryan was unveiled as the Romney's running mate.

And Ryan's favorable rating jumped an equal 15 points, from 23% on Wednesday through Friday, to 38% on Saturday and Sunday. And among independent voters, the poll indicates that Ryan's favorable rating jumped 20 points, from 19% Wednesday through Friday, to 39% over the weekend.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday (August 8-12), with 1,189 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The USA Today/Gallup was conducted Sunday (August 12), with 1,006 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. hank

    great pick, someone who actually understands the budget paired with some who actually has executive experience, management experience, and is a leader. All of which Obama has none. Obama with nothing to run, continues to act un-presidential, continues to blame bush, and in true sophmoric fashion, continues to smear and attack his opponent. Obama, very ineffectual as a president and as a leader on economic policy must be voted out.

    August 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. N. Shapiro

    RYAN ? Same old Bush bs, tax the middle class, keep big tax breaks for the very rich, give Social Security to Wall Street [think: Bernie Madoff, Goldman Sachs, etc] and destroy Medicare. Weaken the military and police, but give tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies.
    The oil companies are financing the Romney – Ryan campaign by overcharging us for gas at the pump, and Romney wants to pay thm back.

    August 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. cecil

    White is right I guess!

    August 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Bob

    It's a bad choice, in terms of electability. Ryan has a long, detailed record of positions that will turn off most voters. And Democrats are ready to point out these things. It's also bad, if you believe improvement of this country depends on good public services and widely-shared prosperity.

    August 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. BigTBone

    Four years- we know exactly who this Ayn Rand/Koch minion is and what he stands for. We've watched him do nothing for the common man for over a decade. The biggest problem now is a 9% approval congress, which he is a part of.

    After losing they both can return to the smug rich boy country club. I can quite honestly picture him unplugging elderly life support patients and funneling their last dollar to his wealthy buddies. No thanks.

    August 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Lionel

    Too radical for me. Wasn't he part of the obstructionist Republicans in congress.

    Why would Robme chose him considering he produced such a hated budget to cut Medicare. This is just poor judgement on Robme's part. I don't want him to be our next president and vice president.

    Just too radical, we need more moderates.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 13, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. NinetyNinePercent

    Just a matter of time before all his dirty laundry starts getting aired out.

    August 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Jim Knope

    This is a further indication as to how things will go over the next few years. Romney is going to loose, the Tea Party / Right-Wing Idealogues will decry that the problem was Romney was not conservative enough, 2016 will have Rick Santorum or similar as the nominee and the Republicans will get really thoroghly trounced, 2020 will then have an incumbant democrat that will be hard to beat.

    All this leads to one party controlling the White House 2008 – 2024.

    August 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    The far left hates Paul Ryan. They will not even admit there is a problem with Medicare funding and he has already created a solution for it. Even worse to them is he did it without raising taxes or eliminating benefits. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    August 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Philip W.

    Mr. "Rob Money" Romney when are you going to release the last twelve years of your income tax returns? You're afraid because you were still on BAIN CAPITAL payroll.

    August 13, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. goldengirlsnetwork

    Ryan was the LEADER of the do-nothing congress!!!!! He is a radical who is ready to sweep every middle-class and poor person under the bus for tax breaks for the wealthy. Under the Ryan plan, capital gains taxes are cut completely, meaning that Romney will pay nothing, along with all of his friends. He is definitely a radical that we don't need.

    August 13, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    NO it was not a good choice. Catholics don't like his vp nominee. Seniors should keep away as if they were the plague, which they are.
    Maybe the flip flopping twit
    only likes to run for president not necessarily be president. After all what else does he have to do. He IS unemployed after all with $250M in the bank and his overseas stash. He is no longer really affiliated with his business experience, bain, what else can he do? Jet ski all day?
    BTW is it just me? That creepy smirky half asleep look that the bully bishop has for everyone is really creeping me out. Barf!!! I see that he is looking at his nominee the same way he looks at his wife.
    Why really work hard 24/7/365. You kidding me

    August 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Jersey Girl

    The Vulture-Voucher team, yeah, that's the ticket! LOL

    August 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. chilly g

    i think this guy is a bad choice for mitt because his value is for the republicans party and not for the american peoples.

    August 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Makes no difference to me

    It didn't make any difference that Obama picked Biden, so it'll make no difference that Romney picked Ryan. I'm not voting for VP, I'm voting for President. The VP makes no agenda's he makes no policy, he only matters in the event of a tie, which (let's face it), isn't going to happen in a long time (if ever).

    I'm not worried about this guy getting the VP spot...

    August 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Reggiedw

    The democrats are running scared. They know what is coming for them in November..........it will be the Romney/Ryan train rolling all over them. Desperate times are here for the democrats. Now all you democrats who are sitting at home waiting for that government check.......you better start looking for a job now because you will need one. Your freebies are over now.....I hope you know what the WORK means!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Sean

    What's it matter who the VP is, we're not voting for VP...

    August 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Marry

    Paul Ryan represents the GOP/TP the way they are today.
    As they might say in the South: All hat, no cattle but nice hair...

    But on a more serious note, Ryan, being a leading member in the (Republican) Congress (House Budget Committee) I would recommend for him to take a look at his own record in Congress before he mentions “running on his record” and plays with words like “shameful” and “dishonest” because it would describe him not the President!! What was it the GOP/TP was screaming about in 2010? Jobs, JOBS!!!!! Oh, yes, that is right, the Republican say the government does not create jobs. So that must be why they did not bring a single “JOB-BILL” to the floor. What was the approval rating of Congress again? Oh, around 14%??? Or maybe 12%????

    So, never mind what nonsense they spread, check things out and then vote a strait DEMOCRAT-TICKET! Only when the GOP / TP are out of Washington, the states and the local government can life start to improve for us all!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. hotairwarrior

    I think Ryan is too radical. He has helped make a mess of the House of Representatives. Totally one sided. He comes right out of the Koch play book. Get ready ladies to lose your birth control to this wacky team if they are elected.

    August 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. plain&simple

    Romney caved to tea base of party....to try and create an identity for himself. Well be careful what you ask for. Ask John McCain.....

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Cool

    Look at Obama's record since he became a president and where our country is, so you would imagin where it could be if Obama stayed. We need a big change, not just promises and lies. Mr. president, Obama, just brought every body down, rich, middle class and poor. Please wake up before our country is gone completely, and get to the point of no return.

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Mark Boada

    The pick was a great one for Obama and the Democrats. Romney has been as vague as can be about his budget proposals. Ryan, less so, but what he shows has been savaged by the Democrats and, I believe, frightening to most Americans.

    We'll be in a depression if the Romney wins. With Paul on the ticket, that makes the prospect more likley and, at the same time, more obvious.

    Thanks, Willard!

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Ryan was the perfect pick to define what the Republican Party wants to do to the economy. They want to do the exact same things that Ryan voted for under Bush, and then some. Large tax cuts for the wealthy. Large increases in defense spending.

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. gemini

    This is the Democrats budget proposals " We dont have a budget! but I dont like yours"...go figure!

    August 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. Norma Williams

    Good choice for the Fascist GOP/TEA; bad choice for REAL Americans. Changing Medicare to a voucher system - who will be able to afford that? Privatizing Social Security? I don't think so. But what really infuriates me is the reduction of Pell Grants, if not the threatened elimination of FAFSA altogether! What parent in America is going to be able to afford to send their child to college on the $20,000 Romney says parents should save? Like $20,000 is going to pay for 4 plus years of college! No way!

    August 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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