Gov. Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate has not moved polls in a statistically significant fashion, suggesting that while not an immediate boon to Romney, concerns that picking the fiscal hawk who wants to revamp Medicare has not driven voters away.
Ryan’s effect on the polls could change in the coming weeks, as Ryan presents himself to voters who largely don’t know him while the Obama campaign continues its relentless attack against the Congressman.
But the polling indicates that voters are willing to give Ryan a chance, and that they are not immediately turned off by his views.
The latest daily Gallup tracking poll, which includes the last seven days of surveying registered voters, put Romney ahead of President Obama by 47-45 percent. The poll now includes five days of surveying with Ryan on the ticket. While it’s one of the rare times Gallup has Romney ahead, it’s statistically no different than previous recent polls, which have generally had Romney and Obama separated by no more than two points.
Meanwhile, there are signs that the fusillade of negative messaging out of the Obama campaign could be redounding against its candidate. Obama’s disapproval rate now stands at 50 percent, near the highest level for the year, while only 44 percent approve of the job he is doing.