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. Marc

    They failed to mention that anyone who said they would pick Romney/Ryan in November has an IQ of less then 80, or make over $300K a year.

    August 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    what I was surprised to read was how many Americans claimed that they didn't even know who Paul Ryan was or had even heard of him. Are these people just totally blocked out of American politics or do they just keep their heads in the sand? And can't blame this one on FoxNews because I am sure their viewers are well aware of who Ryan is and Dick Cheney said he "worshiped the ground Ryan walks on" (now THAT sounds creepy!) As much as the Ryan budget had been in the news, many say they have no idea who he is? I think it's a great pick for Romney AND Obama!

    August 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. rosethornne

    It's a revolting pick.

    The guy with no opinion except 'what gives mitt more money is great!' plus the guy who thinks poor people deserve to be poor and should be gotten rid of.

    ..... and now there's news about some idiot shooting people in texas again. Why do they always target innocent bystanders? Come on, crazy people, show some sense. Just dont shoot people. Especially not children and innocent ordinary people who don't deserve it.

    August 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Brainiac

    You have to say "huh" on this one. Ryan is a party first country second idealogue. Wil he share his taxes?

    August 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. HRPuckinfutz

    This pick looks more like the Republicans are trying to get Ryan some exposure for the 2016 election. Romney knows he cannot win in November. Tax cuts for the rich? Voters will not like that. Increase taxes on the middle class? Voters are not going to like that, either. Change Medicare? Not popular with the voters. Attacks on women's rights? Toadying to the Tea Party? Bending over for the Christian conservatives? Lying about his involvement with Bain? Refusing to release his taxes? Lying about Obama gutting welfare reform? Any voter with half a brain is not going to vote for Romney/Ryan. Just about every economist states that Romney's tax plan will plunge the United States into bankruptcy. And they are right.

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

    for the past 5 weeks, i have read nothing but people complaining about congress and how they cant get anything done. well if they dont get anything done then President Obama cant either. This is the part of politics that people dont understand, we have checks and balances for a reason. so that we cant become a dictatorship. and for the past two years, congress has done nothing. they have a terrible approval rating and Romney just picked a rep as his running mate. its funny how fast people forget that, thats where this guy has "worked" for the past 18 years. but as soon as hes named running mate, everyone all of a sudden says. oh yeah hes great! when in reality, hes obviously not that great because hes part of the do nothing congress. people need to stop blaming the President and realize he only holds so much power, because we have checks and balances! so stop getting mad at President Obama and start getting upset at the people sitting in Congress, which includes Romney's new running mate

    August 13, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Slash and Burn - Bush/cheney on steroids.

    August 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. John The Electrician

    14 years in congress huh? That mean's he was at ground zero for the finnacial melt down. He was a bush cheerleader too.

    August 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. nagrom

    Two stiffs standing next to each other. Neither one looks like they want to take control. Each waiting with bated breath for the other to bail them out. hmmmm So Republican, So typical, Ever so scary.

    August 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    gemini wrote:

    This is the Democrats budget proposals " We dont have a budget! but I dont like yours"...go figure!
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    Democrats have had budget proposals, which have been voted on and passed. Did you forget the false talking point about how the "Democrat Senate has not passed a budget" during the first two years? The House would pass a budget, only to be met with a filibuster in the Senate. Today, the Tea Party House simply never brings a Democratic budget to the floor, and Republicans still filibuster any Democratic proposal in the Senate.

    Net result, mission accomplished. The appearance of no budgets from the Democrats. Well, guess what? The record shows that the Tea Party House has not had a budget get passed and signed into law either

    August 13, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. A

    You know Sarah Palin's approval rating was pretty high the first week after she was announced as the running mate

    August 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. mike.g.hall

    Paul Ryan on the ticket sure changed this Democrat's mind. I'm voting romney/Ryan!!!

    August 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. mike.g.hall

    This Democrat is voting Romney and Ryan!

    August 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. drod

    The Republicans have given up on Romney and 2012 so they're gearing up for 2016 with Ryan. Ryan is Palin without lipstick.

    August 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Reagan80

    I remember how giddy the Dims were when Reagan was nominated. The lies they'll tell about Ryan are nothing compared to those they told about Reagan. At the time, Teddy Kennedy and his buddies had moved on from opening up the country to legal immigration from the Middle East and illegal immigration from Mexico. There cause in the early '80's was for us to get rid of our nuclear weapons and hope the Soviets would do the same. Reagan's take on that subject was somewhat different so, they ran the campaign on the slogan that a vote for Reagan was a vote for nuclear war. A Democrat will lie even when it's easier to tell the truth.

    August 13, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. wsgibson

    It's an excellent pick!!!!!!

    August 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Reagan80

    "Their", not "There".

    August 13, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. R H

    The Greatest Generation against Gen X. Parents against their kids. That's the Regressive party that We all know and love. Gen X is living with their parents. . Now Gen X can change their parents diapers and feed them while they live at their parents house. Cause the Repubs want tax breaks for the rich, keep giving oil more subsidies and shipping jobs with tax payer dollars to India and China. That's the America I know and love. So is it Romney or Ryan running for President? Why did Ryan go to Ohio and Romney to Florida? Umm Seniors are in Florida. Romney is now the lap dog for Ryan. See the Repubs get Gen X telling their parents what to do.

    August 13, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Samuel

    Bad choice strategically.

    August 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    havent the middle class, working class and poor suffered long enough, while the rich enjoys more riches that anyone on earth have ever seen. now come mitten/ryan who is going after poor working folks with even a more harsher aproach than what they just went through. when these guys guts the economy with their cutting every thing in sight. do they not understand that the thing they will be cutting are the american jobs. we all know by now that the rich only hires robots, computer systems and third world country labor to bypass our expensive middle class wages. i wonder what the small business around the corner is going to do when the mitt and romney cut their customers jobs, and food stamps leaving them no choice but to lay off the have to lay off workers.

    August 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. David

    The complete ignorance of most the people posting on here is remarkable.

    Ryan knows more about the economy and how the numbers work than almost everyone within Obama's administration combined, yet many of you just spout off what the left wing libs keep saying – " he wants to kill granny!" What a joke.

    I like Ryan ALOT. He is very smart, well connected, has more experience than Obama ever did, and will destroy Biden in a debate about anything except maybe foreign policy.

    I just think Rubio would have brought more votes to him with the Latino contingent. Maybe they were about his inexperience, who knows.

    Either way, I just do not understand why so many of you think that large government and out of control spending does NOT have to be reigned it. It boggles the mind. It is basic economics 100.
    You point to the past and claim the Republicans never follow through on this promise..... TRUE.
    But the Democrats have never even attempted it. They just constantly raise Taxes on EVERYONE and spend more and more by growing government more and more.

    This is a new crop of Republicans trying to shrink government. With Obama's economic record:
    5 million jobs LOST in 3+ years (his claims of adding jobs is bogus and a flat out LIE)
    People on Welfare .... exploding upwards
    People on food stamps.... exploding upwards.
    Government growth... exploding upwards
    New taxes (ON ALL OF US) ... to date there are over 25 slated to take affect
    Unemployment – U3 says over 8% since the day he took office
    Unemployment – the REAL U6 data shows it closer to 15%!!
    MILLIONS have simply left the workforce and are not counted anymore

    The jobs he is creating are low paying entry level positions suited for part time students and retirees.

    The man has been a complete and total failure.

    With all this, why on earth would you not want to change course?

    What has Obama possibly done to make our economy better?

    I am not being nasty, I really just do not get it. I guess people are simply buying into this whole notion of class warfare.
    For some reason many of you are viewing the rich as evil simply because Obama is telling you so, pathetic.

    The man has done nothing but try to divide us (class, race, gender), and many of you want more of it.

    Nice change he had in mind

    August 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. amlcpamaine

    They deserve each other – they're two of the worst hypocrites ever to get on the national stage. Unfortunately they've got the billionaires' money behind them so there will still be MONTHS of listening to their constant lies before the election.

    The impact question is: what can either one say that will convince the "middle" that "trickle down" might now work, seeing as it has failed for 20 years?

    And the entertaining question is: How many different excuses will these two thieves use to avoid releasing their tax returns?

    August 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. R H

    Reagan with all do respect is dead and so is the Regressive old Party. 1980 is 40 years ago. Keep looking back Repubs while the rest of us move Forward.

    August 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    Romney/Ryan are our next President and Vice Preident. For a going away present we should give Barack Obama a life golf menbership, it wll be like he never left the White House.

    August 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    This republican is voting DEMOCRAT! Party Line for the first time! Wake Up People!

    August 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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