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. I Am God

    ReggiedW you are one reason why the Republican party will most likely lose come November. Your extremists views are what is destroying your party's reputation.

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

    @N. Shapiro Very well said!!!

    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 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Marry

    @N. Shapiro Very well said!!!

    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 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. tj

    The 2 "friends" of mine that voted for Obama in 2008 will not do so in 2012. Who cares about what the far left or the far right "think" at this time. Obama hasn't picked up any new support since 2008, let's see where he ends up.

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. lastdad

    Romney's chice of Ryan as his running mate was perfect. It's like attaching an IED to his own campaign bus.
    BRILLIANT!

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Bill

    That is an easy one – no.

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. djdjdjs

    ryan is just like cheney. He will overpower and bully the President if elected.

    That wont end up well again.

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. hotairwarrior

    Hey Romney, what about your past 12 years of taxes ? We want to know ! This IS about the economy. I want to know how your financial dealings where and are part of it.

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Rod

    Everyone knows this isn't the time to cut jobs. When you slash government programs, you are cutting jobs and most people iin their right mind know this.

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Malcolmscott

    The Republicans are giving to much attention to the "Tea Party". They won in the mid-terms because the opposite party always does well and everyone seems to think it means something. After Romney looses maybe the Repubs will purge these idiots out of their party and get back to being a party that actually has some good ideas. I personally hope they don't. They brought these people on themselves during the '08 election and now they are stuck with them and they are paying for it. Good.

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. MikeB

    Ryan – Romney 2012!

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. SuperD

    What are you regressive Liberals going to do? Scream about some guys tax returns for the next 3 months? Get over it dorks.

    August 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. SuperD

    tj

    The 2 "friends" of mine that voted for Obama in 2008 will not do so in 2012. Who cares about what the far left or the far right "think" at this time. Obama hasn't picked up any new support since 2008, let's see where he ends up.

    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO GETS IT! OBAMA IS NOT GOING TO GET HALF THE VOTES HE GOT FROM INDEPENDENTS IN 2012, HOW ON EARTH COULD HE POSSIBLY WIN?

    August 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. PJ

    Ryan's Budget would be devastating to the senior citizens. He would make Medicare a Voucher system which many providers would refuse to accept and those with serious illness would exceed their voucher amount. He would also cut Social Security.

    August 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. kayla

    somebody said that the democrats are running scared with ryan as vp, isn't that the same thing they said when they picked sarah? how did that go?

    August 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Boilermaker

    i really enjoy people saying the democrats are the ones that get all the handouts..when its been proven and its on the internet in data that red states get more federal money to help then blue states...guess some people should just not talk about politics if they arent willing to research

    August 13, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Marry

    By the way, Ryan said that Romney looked at several years of his tax returns when they vetted him ((they should not have been to exciting...). What he did not say is if Romney showed HIM his tax returns to help Ryan to decide if it was safe to join the ticket… Oh, yes, that is right; just believe/trust each other…

    August 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. fryuujin

    wow!! I didn't know that 46% thought that Sarah Palin was an excellent or pretty good choice immediately after Sen. John McCain picked her. 46% of the population, at least, at that time didn't know jack about her yet she was deemed excellent. need there be any more proof that the public is chock full of nus. although 33% of that 46% were likely dirty old men, just looking at her "assets" and were probably hot on the internet trail to see if there was any nude pictures of her.

    August 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Chicago

    Hey Marry...oil companies are financing Romney? Huh? Get a clue. I am paying more for gas now than under Bush so maybe it is Obama in bed with big oil? Honestly, I don't think have have even a basic understanding of economics.

    August 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. JokerCNN

    Hm..
    Romney / Ryan 2012
    Vulture / Voucher 2012
    Rolls / Royce 2012
    Carpet bagger / Tea Bagger 2012
    Bain / Rand 2012

    None of those sound like good combinations for a prosperous middle class to me.

    August 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Ol' Lefty

    Willard now bobbing and weaving over whether he embraces the Ryan Budget. Can't etch-a-sketch out this one. You got ownership thru your choice of the "boy wonder".

    August 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Liz

    Paul Ryan is just what this country needs as a VP - someone with ideas who, along with Mitt Romney, can get this country back on track. As far as Medicare, the only way to save it is to revise it for future generations (existing retirees would not be affected). Obamacare simply slashes Medicare funding with no ideas about changing it for future generations. Please watch the President and VP debates before making your decision!

    Everyone in this country should be horrified at the thought of Obama winning another term. We have had three years of failed Obama policies (and what has Joe Biden contributed?). Obama has proposed no ideas for the future except to raise taxes, increase the size of government and kill small business AND MEDICARE as a result of Obamacare. I see no constructive ideas coming from Obama's camp - just negative, tasteless and destructive campaign tactics that are completely juvenile and are an embarassment to all Americans.

    It's sometimes hard to get the facts through the mainstream media. Much of the media is biased towards the Democrats (such as Andrea Mitchell), so inflammatory comments are made which is inappropriate given journalists are supposed to be objective.

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. irunner

    I expected Romney would pick a woman or hispanic as his running mate. I guess those demographics are not as important as the tea party folks. As an independant (ex-republican), I am getting the impression Mitt is not terribly serious about winning this election.

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Howard

    HOPE AND CHANGE = Replacing Obama with Romney & Ryan ... followed by replacing the far left, biased, partisan main stream media with fair, balanced and objective journalists !!!

    August 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Kris

    I'm not a supporter of either major party ticket. Along with many others I've decided to send a message to both major parties that I am tired of their bs by voting for a third option.

    That being said, if the lies continue to be so very one-sided in ads, campaign speeches, and by advocates (both official and voluntary) I may end up holding my nose, voting for Romney/Ryan and then going off to a corner to be quietly sick.

    August 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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