Pew Research poll finds majority rate Paul Ryan fair or poor
Poll: Majority of Americans View Paul Ryan Negatively, Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular (Pew Research)

A Pew Research poll found that a majority of Americans view Mitt Romney’s ‘bold’ vice presidential pick Paul Ryan negatively:

Pew Research:  “Paul Ryan’s selection to the Republican ticket has put the issue of Medicare squarely on the 2012 campaign agenda. And the latest Pew Research Center survey continues to find the public is aware of a proposal to gradually shift Medicare to a system of vouchers and is, on balance, more opposed than supportive of the idea.

The survey, conducted August 16-19, 2012 among 1,005 adults nationwide, finds 72% have heard a lot or a little about a proposal to change Medicare into a program that would give future participants a credit toward purchasing private health insurance coverage. And among those who are aware, the idea remains unpopular; by a 49% to 34% margin more oppose than favor the idea. This is virtually unchanged from public reactions a little over a year ago, when Republicans in the House voted in favor of this proposal as part of the “Ryan plan.”


“The public offers a relatively negative assessment of Mitt Romney’s selection of Ryan as his running mate. Nearly half (46%) say Ryan is an only fair or poor choice, while 28% say he is an excellent or good choice. By comparison, reactions to John Kerry’s selection of John Edwards in 2004, and Bill Clinton’s selection of Al Gore in 1992, were more positive than negative.”

To be fair, 27 percent say they view Vice President Joe Biden favorably, with 56 percent rating his job performance poor or fair.