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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Paul Ryan Favorability Hits 50% With 36% More Likely Now To Vote For Romney/Ryan Ticket

By Susan Duclos

Rasmussen finds that 50 percent of likely U.S. voters now have a favorable view of Paul Ryan and 32 percent viewing him unfavorably, compared to 39/25 favorable-unfavorable numbers from before Romney announced Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of Ryan, while 32% view him unfavorably. This includes 29% with a Very Favorable view of Romney’s vice presidential pick and 13% with a Very Unfavorable one.  Only 13% are now unfamiliar with Ryan, and five percent (5%) are not sure about him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just Prior to being picked as Romney’s running mate, only 39% viewed Ryan favorably, while 25% held an unfavorable opinion of him.

Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think Romney made the right choice when he chose Ryan to be his running mate. Twenty-two percent (22%) disagree and think it was a bad choice. A sizable 35% aren’t sure. 

36 percent of likely U.S. voters say the choice of Ryan would make them more likely to vote for the Romney/Ryan 2012 ticket in November with 29 saying it would make them less likely, giving Romney-Ryan a 7 percent net gain. 30 percent say it makes no difference.

These numbers match up with with the Washington Post/ABC News poll results released yesterday which showed despite the constant attempts over the last four days since Romney named Ryan, to demonize the VP choice, favorable opinions have jumped 15 percentage points among the overall electorate with positive views soaring from 49 to 70 percent among conservative Republicans.

Rasmussen also finds that 51 percent of Ohio voters view Paul Ryan favorably with 39 viewing him unfavorably.