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No Paul Ryan bounce in the polls

By on August 14, 2012

Gallup calls public reaction to the Ryan pick “among the least positive” that “Gallup has recorded in recent elections.” Nate Silver’s view:

I think the smart money is on Mr. Ryan’s polling remaining mediocre throughout this election cycle.

He articulates his ideas well, but with a somewhat intellectual timbre that might appeal more to high-information voters than those who are less invested in politics and are more likely to be undecided in the race. And he has inherently something of a tough sell, since his policy preferences are reasonably far removed from those of the median voter. Mr. Ryan is also on the young side for a vice-presidential choice, and lacks foreign policy experience, so he may have more work to do than the average candidate in demonstrating his credentials.