Polls: Paul Who?
August 11th, 2012
02:38 AM ET
10 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. angeson

    He is the only prospect who could publish his tax returns.And then the polls just turned against him. But having conservative principles is more important than winning elections

    August 11, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. J T Bator

    I don't care who Romney names as VP; HE WOULD NEVER GET THIS VOTE. Too many questionable issues with this "shyster" which will NEVER be resolved.

    August 11, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  3. ohreally

    I wonder how many tax returns he had to show Romney to get picked for the VP slot?

    August 11, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. samikep

    Lets give it 30 Minutes and you will start seeing this guy get slammed before the Dems even know anything about him.. Don't worry, it's just a Dem Thing...

    August 11, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  5. Benjamin

    IIf Romney and Ryan gets elected, that means the end of Medicare and Medicaid. Seniors like me will be greatly affected and a death knell will be given to us. SSS and Medicare must be strengthened and not destroyed by the GOP's. There's a saying that goes: "If it aint broke, dont fix".

    August 11, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  6. Johnny DC

    If you trust the Obama lie machine, you think of Paul Ryan as a murderer of the elderly.

    If you read facts, you clearly see that Ryan exempted the elderly from any reform, and is one of the few modern politicians that has the guts to attempt to save Medicare as we know it. Without reform, it and we are doomed.

    If we have any hope for our America, Ryan must become the VP.

    August 11, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  7. John

    These two Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Is going to take from the Middle Class,the Poor and the OLD and Give has much to the Rich that they can. The American People can't be dumb enough to vote these two In office.

    August 11, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. TM

    We know the Willard believes that we MUST continue to give tax cuts ONLY to the rich, and a few months ago we learned that Ryan believes that we MUST kill Medicare. The Grand Old Tea Party have made their goals for crippling this nation abundantly clear.

    August 11, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  9. Russ in Md.

    Let the hate, rhetoric, lies, and everything else evil comments from the left and the Obamabots begin.

    August 11, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. simpleguy73

    If you don't know politics......maybe you shouldn't vote!

    August 11, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. John

    I feel horrible for the seniors if Romney wins....

    August 11, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. PA Heel

    Looks like Mr. Bean.

    August 11, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Duh

    Horrible pick. Both are out of touch.

    August 11, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    No matter how much of a decent human being a Republican is, he will soon be degraded, demeand and diminished by the liberals and their allies in the liberaly biased media. Alleged comedians on Comedy Central will find some thing nasty to say, even if it is made up and it will become the truth to the dopers, welfare frauds, and corrupt unions. The NEA has dumbed down this country so much that honesty cannot win over lies and deceit. Witness the recent Romney killed my wife campaign by the Obama administratin. Even though Stephanie Cutter used the same story in one of her propaganda fests, the corrupt Obama campaing says it did not coordinate with the Super Pac funded by the corrupt unions. Lies and deceit, democrat liberal traits.

    August 11, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. DFW Dann

    So much for choosing a small government running mate. While Ryan portrays himself as tough on the budget he voted to make the PATRIOT ACT permanent (big government), voted for TARP (big spending) and voted for the auto industry bailout (big government and big spending). The only part of the budget he wants to adjust is Social Security and Medicare while increasing the defense budget (more big spending for corporations).

    I'm going to change my name to "None Of The Above" and get on the ballot.

    August 11, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. ST

    It is always safe to pick VP who is known to people; who has experience how governing is done; a person who has a knowledge of foreign matters and National Security. "W" did pick that person, Pres. Obama did also. Am sorry Romney didn't think about these issues which are very, very essential to people.

    August 11, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. solrac503

    A Republican candidate who doesn't bear a strong resemblance to an evil cartoon character? Think back to Palin, Gingrich, Bush, and, of course, Romney's strong resemblance to Herman Munster. Though his message is inline with the far Right, he will probably excite Libertarian's. We can agree that he isn't afraid to let you know what his message is. In a lot of way's, he over shadow's Romney.

    August 11, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Jeff

    Here we go, CNN will start trying to find something wrong with Ryan it already started so called Polls. Notice that all the polls CNN reports on are the polls geared to the democrats being in the double digits. So as usual its not the true facts. The real polls that matter and unbies.

    August 11, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Dnick47

    All Romney need now is a troop of goose stepping thugs to complete his parallel to Hitler.

    August 11, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. truthfulster@gmail.com

    This just shows how OUT OF TOUCH democraps are these days. Either CNN has NO CLUE or liberal voters have none. There has been enough grinding of teeth done over this man's "thought" of how to fix the betrayal of the democratic parties plan to fix G. Bush's "joke on Obuma" then could ever fill the papers over a story like movie theater murder. Now I know CNN is by far one of the worse cable news networks on the tellie but give me a break, do you really expect anyone other then your minion's that follow you more then North Korea's Premier to actually believe that 92% of democraps don't know who this man is and what his thoughts on leading this country out of the hole that Bush and Obama's new world order plans made of it. That's why your fighting with MSNBC over who will clean up the floor after every nights telecasts.

    August 11, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  21. dan

    The Ryan pick is the clearest indication yet that Romeny and the Repubs are ready to throw in the towel in favor of scoring cheap political talking points. Does anyone really believe Paul Ryan is ready to step into the presidency if Romney decided to quit in the middle of the night as he did at Bain Capital? Does Ryan actually help bring Democrat or independents or Latinos or Asians or elderly or black voters to Romney? The only group that Ryan appeals to is certain fiscal conservatives that Romney should have had anyway. Ryan might now even loose his House seat.

    August 11, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. rick s.

    ryan is another crook

    what else can we expect??

    August 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. chedar888

    Romneyhood got a littlejohn. Together they went to the wood and came out with a grandma's " Death Panel". Romneyhood just lost the Hispanic, Women, blacks, middle class, the seniors and seniors to be. What left are the looney tunes that will vote for team Romneyhood and Littlejohn.

    August 11, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. jimmybrick

    A strategic play to win Wisconsin.

    Which might sound dumb but in the game of electoral votes, it's all about the math. Plus a little bit of intuition. Rubio doesn't get the nod because his potential for toxicity is feared near Palin levels. So even though swing state wise, Florida is a bigger prize, Romney's playing safe and going with the white dude from Wisconsin with blue eyes who is less likely to rock the boat.

    By the way–when the hell did the VP choice become of such critical importance? It feels like Romney is hanging a pretty heavy hat on this hook. I understand the impact of the VP choice in terms of McCain because he was, y'know, as old as the earth. So the probability is higher that whomever he chose could end up sitting in the oval office. But Mitt is a special underwear wearing Mormon–he doesn't drink or smoke or pretty much do anything except live healthy. So no issue there.

    Anyway, I'd consider this choice pretty close to a punt.

    August 11, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Puddin

    The "tea" party must be ecstatic re: Ryan, but I think the seniors outnumber the tea party, and they're saying "cough up the money for those IOU's located in our "lock box." Too bad some in prior Repub. administrations found the key to that lock box. Seniors paid the money for in for their retirement in their working years just so it could be spent by politicions for their causes......FORGET ABOUT IT!!!!!!

    August 11, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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