Poll: Romney gets no instant boost from Ryan pick

Reuters/Ipsos poll finds VP pick failed to change opinion on Romney; 44% to 29% think Biden more qualified than Ryan.

By REUTERS
August 13, 2012 22:41
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Republican presdiential ticket Romney and Ryan

Romney and Ryan 370. (photo credit: reuters)

WASHINGTON - US Republican Mitt Romney received no immediate boost to his White House bid by

While 80 percent of those surveyed said they had at least heard of Ryan, only 35 percent said they were familiar with him.

Some 42 percent said they did not know whether he was qualified or not to be president - a higher percentage than the 33 percent who said he was not qualified and the 26 percent who said he was.

One warning sign for the Romney campaign: by a margin of 44 percent to 29 percent, voters said the incumbent vice president, Joe Biden, was more qualified than Ryan to serve as president if the need arose.

"He's fairly unknown in who he is and what he stands for," said Ipsos vice president Julia Clark. "He's a Wisconsin congressman, not a nationally known figure."

That is likely to change in the coming weeks as Ryan campaigns across the country to build enthusiasm among grass-roots conservatives while Democrats attack his budget plan as one that would gut programs for the elderly and the poor.

The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.1 percentage points for all respondents.


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