Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate is getting a lukewarm reception from Americans, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll, which found that 42 percent think of him as a “fair” or “poor” choice compared to 39 percent who reate him an “excellent” or “pretty good” selection.
But Ryan is not widely known, and his numbers are likely to change as both the Romney and Obama campaigns scramble to define him. According to USA Today:
USA TODAY/Gallup Polls of registered voters after the announcements of running mates since Dick Cheney in 2000 all showed more positive reactions. Only Dan Quayle in a 1988 Harris Poll of likely voters was viewed less positively than Ryan, with 52% rating Quayle as a “fair” or “poor” vice presidential choice. The Ryan poll includes all adults, not just registered voters.
Nevertheless, 48 percent view Ryan as qualified to be president, while only 29 percent do not.
Gallup currently has the Obama-Romney race dead even at 46 percent each. We’ll see how that moves in the coming days.