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Initial polling on Ryan mixed following his selection as VP candidate

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports shows U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan with a 50 percent favorability rating in the immediate aftermath of his selection as Mitt Romney's running mate.

The poll, taken on Aug. 12-13, showed 32 percent of respondents viewing the Janesville Republican unfavorably; 13 percent were unfamiliar with Ryan and 5 percent were uncertain about him.

Rasmussen says Ryan's favorability rose from a 39 percent rating in a July survey.

The latest poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters by telephone, and had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. Dems generally dismiss Rasmussen as biased toward Republicans.

Other recent polling showed more mixed views of Ryan nationally.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken of 488 registered voters over the weekend showed 53 percent of respondents hadn't heard of Ryan or didn't know enough about him to form an opinion.

Ryan had a 27 percent favorability rating in that poll, with 21 percent unfavorable. The survey, which had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 6 percentage points, said 39 percent viewed Romney's selection of Ryan as a good choice, with 45 percent rating it "only fair" or "poor." USA Today reported the results as "the most tepid reception for a running mate" since Dan Quayle joined the GOP ticket in 1988.

A poll from Reuters and Ipsos found that although 80 percent of respondents had heard of Ryan, just 35 percent said they were familiar with him.

Ryan trailed incumbent Vice President Joe Biden 44-29 when respondents were asked which candidate was more qualified to serve as president if necessary. The poll surveyed 508 registered voters between Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 -- including a day before the Ryan pick was announced; the margin of error was plus-or-minus 5.1 percentage points.

A Washington Post-ABC News poll, however, showed Ryan's favorability rising 15 points after his selection for the GOP ticket.

Among 667 randomly selected adults surveyed Aug. 8-10, Ryan was viewed favorably by 23 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 32 percent. Forty-five percent expressed no opinion.

In interviews of 522 adults on Aug. 11 and 12, the percentage of those expressing no opinion dropped to 30 percent, while 38 percent viewed Ryan favorably and 33 percent unfavorably.

That poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points.

-- By Andy Szal


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