Recent polls have Mitt Romney slipping behind President Obama – including among men and suburbanites. Running mate Paul Ryan could help, but so far he's largely unknown to voters.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Public opinion polls unwind before our very eyes.
The most recent CNN/ORC International poll, taken a few days before Saturday’s announcement, gives Mr. Ryan a 27-19 favorable/unfavorable rating with a whopping 54 percent saying they’re unsure or have never heard of him. That’s in line with earlier polls by CNN/ORC, Bloomberg/Selzer, and NBC/WSJ.
One online poll being conducted right now asks, “Do you think Paul Ryan was the right running mate choice for Mitt Romney?” Of 1,340 votes cast so far, 46 percent agree, 44 percent disagree, and 10 percent aren’t sure.
Unless you’re a partisan player, a pundit, or an amateur political junkie, in other words, Ryan remains largely an unknown quantity, a blank slate on whom both parties seek to portray their particular image – and probably will remain so until the Republican convention in Tampa at the end of the month, which is when most Americans begin tuning in to the campaign.