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Gallup: Tepid Reaction to Ryan Pick So Far

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.

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22 Responses to Gallup: Tepid Reaction to Ryan Pick So Far

  1. I doubt many Americans know Ryan. Hopefully after the convention and the campaign really kicks into high gear polling will reflect better numbers.

  2. Polls of “all adults” as opposed to likely voters is always wrong. And maybe they need to ask only the republican voters what they think. Why would democrat voters say he was a good choice unless they think he’s easy to beat?

  3. It is not necessary for me to care what the Gallop/ USA Today poll says.
    As a Conservative this choice please us greatly. It is time for the adults
    to take over, and Ryan is the one Adult in the room. He truly believes in this country, not like Obama who wants to change our way of life. The USA is so special, and people like Obama do not appreciate how great it is to be a citizen here. So we think Romney really did the right thing.

  4. USAToday/Gallup Poll? Right I believe every bit of it. The polls are way, way off. Most Americans are really, really pissed off at the state of the economy and the country and no poll has captured this fact. People don’t have jobs, gasoline is skyrocketing once again, food prices are climbing and I will say it again: they are really pissed off.

    • Amen Junius. A group of my friends and I were talking politics recently and one of a us, just ONE “thinks” he was polled back in college when he was a bit out of it. (heh heh ) Who do these pollsters talk to anyway? Their family/friends?

  5. Speaking of “adults in the room”: this is the last year we can be as generous with the non-profits we support; our income is 1/3 down. I wonder if it strikes anyone that as taxes rise, incomes go down, disposable spending gets cut back. Washington, pollsters, are you listening, reading, doing anything except looking in a mirror?
    R² is so exciting and so welcome!