Despite enthusiasm among the Republican base for Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate, a poll taken by Gallup shows that the selection has done little to boost support for the GOP candidate.
In the four days before the Ryan announcement, Romney was supported by 46% of those polled, with 45% supporting Obama. Four days after the announcement, Romney gained just one percentage point, up to 47% support. Even considering the possibility that Ryan’s bounce might be delayed — Gallup figures showed Romney’s polling improved slightly over the last two days of the polling period — it doesn’t look like Ryan will boost the Romney’s campaigns fortunes as much as they might have liked.
In fact, Ryan is the worst polling vice presidential nominee since Dan Quayle in 1988. Only 39% of those polled said Ryan was an “excellent” or “pretty good” vice presidential candidate, while 42% said he was “fair” or a “poor” choice. Quayle had 52% say he was a “fair” or “poor” choice.
Still, Republicans may get the last laugh, even if voters don’t like who they selected to run for vice president. Remember, Dan Quayle was the vice presidential pick for George H.W. Bush, who was elected president in 1988 in a landslide election over Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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