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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Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Paul Ryan
soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. oneSTARman

    Playing to the BASE – Ryan appeals to the Worst in America – SELFISHNESS and GREED and Disdain for the Needs of those less Fortunate. If you were to throw in RACISM you would have ALL the Motivators of the GOP Voters.

    August 11, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. an older person

    There is a sign right there that Romney's faculties are slipping, calling Ryan the next PRESIDENT of the U.S. He should have said Vice President. But they are NOT going to win. Keep watching Intrade. They have Obama 21 points ahead of Romney right now. Yay! And to rker321: I'm not a LITTLE old lady, but yes, my husband and I are both getting Social Security and Medicare after decades of hard work and paying into the system. So we EARNED those benefits. You can bet that we and millions of others will do whatever we can to protect those programs, as Social Security is now most of what we live on. Our income is now HALF of what it used to be when my husband was working full-time, so we would be impoverished without Social Security - as would many others our age. Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. liberal disease

    unsure of Ryan as VP wuth Joe the Buffoon Biden now embarrassing us. i will take MR Ryan!

    August 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. dragnet767

    Yawn....So now there are two losers on the Republicon ticket...

    August 11, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. tosser

    I guess Paul Ryan wants to tax my healthcare. No thank you.

    August 11, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. southernbutnotstupid

    Suicide choice – we're gonna find out just how many closest socialists are out there who love their Medicare and SS who claim to be conservative–

    August 11, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Timmy

    Ryan is a racist social engineer. This won't bode well with people outside of the extreme right.

    August 11, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Elizabeth

    Paul Ryan is an evil, evil man. We paid into the Social Security system, but he wants to take it away.
    I couldn't think of the worse person to suggest as a leader of our country. If you define patriotism as harming your fellow Americans, many of whom fought your wars, took care of your companies, built this nation, then you are not a patriot by any definition I can think of.

    The Republican antics prove they think our system of government is only a game, how to rip off the most people. This is no longer a conservative party, because these people are active radicals who want to tear down the nation. These are not "good old boys," because they are going to take away services from anybody good, anybody old, and that certainly includes the boys, not just the girls.

    But just consider what they will do to their own mothers. It is shocking, shameful, and I hope that nobody votes for them.

    August 11, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. helomoto12354

    Paul Ryan is one of the best representatives in the House today. Mitt Romney chose an amazing individual to be on his campaign team. This truly is the comeback team.

    August 11, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. bspurloc

    mittens doing what the Tea Party demanded he do.... Does paul ryan know mittens is a failed governor of Mass? does he know romneycare? he does know mittens is stepping down to be vp so ryan can be prez

    August 11, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Wes Scott

    It is truly a GREAT day for all those who want to see Romney defeated in November! Thank you, Mitt!

    August 11, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Larry L

    The rich don't need Social Security or Medicare but would enjoy using the money as the Ryan budget makes it available for plundering. It will be interesting to watch Republicans shake the Etch-A-Sketch and try to prevent senior citizens from understanding Ryan's plan to trash these programs. I suspect they'll look right at the cameras and simply lie – they'll say "the media didn't quote their vision accurately"... the clear, direct statements made over and over...

    August 11, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. SugarKube

    Anything beats the airhead VP we have now.

    August 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Alois

    Sounds like more democrat propaganda and besides more people know less about crackhead obama and his background than Paul Ryan. Other than the fact that crackhead obama is a chronic liar,corrupt ,intent on destroying our country,and proven to be incompetent.

    August 11, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. the pirate

    Game, Set Match, Obama. Who in their right mind would vote to basically destroy medicare and social security as we know it? Politcal suicide brought about by again "pandering" to the hard right. Sound familiar? How did Palin work out?

    August 11, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. rocky

    Love it!! Finally someone with fiscal common sense. You libs will not be able to bankrupt the country after all. Bye bye obummer and the dolt!

    August 11, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Astrogal

    You Conservatives are so out of touch. Nobody is making anything up here, the facts speak for themselves. Many of the programs that Ryan has proposed in Congress have failed. He voted in favor of the Wall Street and auto bailouts that the tea baggers hate so much. He criticized top military leaders, for which he had to apologize. He is Catholic and yet his proposals "to dismantle government programs and abandon the poor to their own devices" were condemned by influential Catholic leaders as "profoundly misreading Church teaching." Just another hypocrite out to serve his true "god" – the almighty Dollar. Obviously he couldn't give a darn about the poor, so he makes a perfect running mate for Romney. Well, who cares, anyway, these bozos aren't going to win against Obama. Nobody in their right mind who cares about seniors, the poor, Medicare, and Social Security will vote for them now.

    August 11, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Libgirl

    Romney just GUARANTEED Obama's RE-ELECTION...Thanks Mitt!

    August 11, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Brian from DC

    OMG–it's the "Kill Medicare" guy! There goes Florida. Every senior should be terrified. This is a worse selection than Sarah Palin.

    August 11, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. DAK

    Romney has just played the Palin card and ceded the election. Wahoo!

    August 11, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Faithwalk

    Paul Ryan is a great choice! Finally two grown ups running for these offices!

    August 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Faithwalk

    Please people stop confusing health care with health insurance.
    We have free health care in this country NOW and not just in emergency rooms. We have free public health centers all over the country.

    August 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Tom

    Willard Romney is unelectable, no matter who he selected as his running mate. But the Romney/Ryan ticket is about as radical right-wing as it gets. Just think of them in terms of five Rs–Romney and Ryan, the rotten, radical right-wing,

    August 11, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. carlos

    robme blind introduced ryan as the next president........GAFFE # 1 for the new team....let's keep counting, hehehehe

    August 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. webknight18

    So, now we have two Koch puppets running for the GOP. This election will show exactly how retar#ed this country is. No one in their right mind would vote for these fox bitc#es. But then it's not like conservative retar#s have any brains.

    August 11, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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