Polls: Paul Who?
August 11th, 2012
02:38 AM ET
9 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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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Paul Ryan
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. jimranes

    If you do not ever need Social Security or Medicare, Paul Ryan is your man! Under the Ryan Budget plan, every current Medicare recipient's costs would rise a minimum of $500 a month and if you have a healthcare plan with your company, that will be taxable income.

    August 11, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. me

    "Anyone who does not know who Paul Ryan is is not qualified to vote."

    That is a ridiculous comment, even ignorant GOP supporter have a right to vote. As for the choice of Paul Ryan this was a suicide choice for Mitt. Not one is insterested in the elimination of today's medicare.

    August 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. rker321

    Love it, love it, the man that has stated that Medicare should be given in vouchers, and SS should be privatised. All the likktle old ladies that have Medicare and SS are going to be extatic. LOL

    August 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Smako

    Harrison Ford played a young President Ryan, brought to power after the President was whacked. Romney called him the next President of the United States. Mormons are big on prophesy, who is to say? Someone had to say something nonsensical and irrelevant. How did I do? Getting past the moderator and all included.

    August 11, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Bill

    Paul Ryan is no Sarah Palin!

    August 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. rker321

    Love it love it. Now all the little old ladies that have been crying about these men, can have their SS and Medicare turn into vouchers, well they all can go back and live with their kids. LOL

    August 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. allon22

    Seems from a personal standpoint to be an intelligent choice, but his stance on Medicare is tantamount to ceding Florida in the general election...and his tax stance is right in line with Romney's, which is great if you're in the 1%, and not so great if you're a card-carrying member of the rest of the great unwashed hoi polloi masses. Ryan solidifies the Republicna base, and sets himself up for a probable run in 2016, but doubt he'll have any major impact on the election results either way. On the upside, at least he' seems capable of articulating his positions clearly, which is something that Romney appears to have diffuculty with.

    August 11, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. BarryVA

    Cut taxes for the rich. Raise taxes for the middle class. Destroy medicare and Social Security for the Senior Citizens. Beware trickle down economics, they didn't work before.

    August 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. mj

    Great choice! BTW – Obama made the exact same slip when introducing Biden. Back Off.

    August 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. William

    Ryan = male Sarah Palin = huge loss for the Republicans in the election

    August 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Canadian Jim

    Hey thanks for the "news"
    Of course Republicans favor Ryan more than Dems or Independants. Duh. SHove your polls and go do some journalism. Twits.

    August 11, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Jackson


    I'm mean, seriously?

    Well, I guess if Romney was the best the GOP could come up with, it only makes sense that Ryan was the best that Romney could come up with.

    As a Democrat who votes more Independent, I can honestly say the GOP *did* have a chance at the White House this year. However, this ticket is about the worst offering they could have put up.

    Wow, did they seriously blow it.

    August 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. JH

    Romney needs the folks like me to vote for him and he just blew it.

    August 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. grizzly

    You Americans are really silly. Do you think for one moment that this will make a difference to the unemployed number, the national debt, or healthcare???? If you think yes, you are stupid. This is the same BS we have been given since Lincoln was elected. The USA has been going down hill for teh last 200 years and this election is not going to change one ioda. Once again we are confronted with two presidential candidates, one very rich the other just rich and neither can help or turn around what the Congress and the Senate are screwing up on a daily basis. It is the f..... idiots in Washington who need to be thrown out and then may be something will change. A president can change littgle to nothing.

    August 11, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. ty

    if romney wants to talk about the economy again and not his taxes and tax shelters this will help that but hurt him overall. the ryan budget is pro business over middle america and is precisely in line with romney. when a conservative group like the Catholic church condemns the ryna budget as anti poor you might have made ann coulter happy mitt, but you lost most of middle amercia...

    August 11, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. one of nine

    Here's a novel idea for all those who are "unsure"' Try looking him up and finding out for yourselves. How about doing a little research instead of making decisions based on what any "news" organizations decide to print? If you had done that during the last election, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now.

    August 11, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |

    Oh neato...

    Another GOP superstar!!!

    Haven't we had enough of these clowns???

    First we got Sara Paliin....
    Then we get Michele Bauchman....
    Then we get Rudy Giulanni....
    Then we get Mark Rubio....
    Then we get Rich Perry.....

    Enough is enough!!! Stop with the stupid hype. Time to show who this guy really is in the upcoming weeks.

    August 11, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. G D

    Mitt has already made his message clear: Bush time 10. Ryan's fiscally and politically divisive positions are a perfect match for a failed program. Bush took away all the Clinton era gains from the majority, and funneled it to the "job creators" who did not produce those jobs, but did get richer along with the reprobates in banking and Wall St. The only silver lining here is it makes my choice simpler, Gary Johnson.

    August 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. xoxo

    GO USA Rommney, Ryan for president

    August 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. me

    Mitt Romney has made the decision to throw the election to the president by choosing the man who wants to eliminate medicare and replace it with vouchers to buy private insurance. No insurer in his right mind will accept to insure a 75 year old man or woman. His plan would basically kill all poor old people.

    August 11, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Daniel

    The VP became a critical choice after Ronald Reagan was shot and George Bush, Sr. temporarily took over. The issue of the nuclear football was discussed in relations to the VP now taking command. Bush, Sr. was previously head of the CIA, ambassador to the UN, envoy to China, and a former chair of the RNC. He certainly had the experience to take over for Reagan. When Bush, Sr. ran for president and picked Dan Quayle, the issue resurfaced as to whether Dan Quayle could fill Bush,Sr.'s role as president in case of a similar issue. The VP pick has been critical ever since.

    August 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Not that we watched but when he turned the TV on to see what was going on in the Olympics we see the internal probe governor on a Navy ship in Norfolk, duh!
    Missing was the mission accomplished sign and if the twit picked him to get the women vote I can only speak for myself but neither of these two is worth a second look. It also shows how little his campaign thinks of women but we already knew that.
    If I wanted to look at those piercing blue eyes I would rescue a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd.

    August 11, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. michael

    A victory for corporate America, and a loss for middle class, and poor! Why do people Vote against their own interest?? The Repug’s use the same old, same old every election! Their against (abortion), Gay rights, and gun control! It’s the only way they can get common people to vote their rich agenda into place! Do they ever doing anything about the 3 mentioned above? NO! They use the CARD over , and over, and over and over! ( mean time rich are getting filthy rich, and you Joe the plumber, are going down the drain!!

    August 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. sayer

    Buh-bye medicare, buh-bye Florida.

    Another guy who has never had to struggle to find a job. If these two get in buh-bye, middle class. They just don't get it.

    I bet he had to show Mitt more than two years of tax returns.

    August 11, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Mitchel Johnson

    "1,010 adults"...wow, I thought America was a little bigger? 😉

    August 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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