Paul D. Ryan, the VP candidate running with Mitt Romney, has the second-worst approval rating of all time, according to a new poll done by USA Today and Gallup. Only seventeen percent of voters say that Ryan’s candidacy makes them more likely to vote for Romney. Eighteen percent, however, said the same thing about Sarah Palin. Guess who didn’t win that election?
Admittedly, thirty-six percent of republicans said they’re more likely to vote for Romney because of his VP pick, which is six points greater than Sarah Palin’s comparable thirty percent. A staffer for the Romney campaign, Neil Newhouse, attributed the poor numbers to the relative lack of public knowledge of Paul Ryan. “All these numbers indicate is the simple fact that Congressman Paul Ryan was not a nationally known figure prior to being named as Gov. Romney’s vice-presidential pick,” he said in a statement.
There is some validity in his assertion, however, as seen by CNN recently in a poll that revealed that fifty-four percent of Americans don’t know enough about him to have an opinion either way.
The Wisconsin congressman is a right-wing ideological king; the epitome of everything they stand for: small government, no social benefits, religion, etc. A fair prediction would be that his poll numbers will drop as election day nears.
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