Wisconsin: Romney 48%, Obama 47%
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Florida: Romney 45%, Obama 43%
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50% Now View Paul Ryan Favorably; 43% Say He Was Right Choice
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
The presidential race in Wisconsin is a little tighter this month following Mitt Romney's selection of hometown Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Romney with 48% support to President Obama’s 47%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
In late July, it was Obama 49%, Romney 46%. This is the Republican’s largest level of support yet in the Badger State. Prior to this survey, the president has earned 45% to 52% of the vote, while Romney has picked up 41% to 46% of the vote.
The race remains a Toss-up in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
Ryan, who has been a congressman from Wisconsin since 1999, is viewed favorably by 57% of the state’s voters. This finding includes 39% who view Ryan Very Favorably. Thirty-six percent (36%) share an unfavorable view of Ryan, with 23% who view him Very Unfavorably. Five percent (5%) are not familiar with the congressman.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Wisconsin voters believe Romney made the right choice in tapping Ryan as his running mate, while 30% disagree. A plurality (46%) says they are more likely to vote for Romney now that Ryan is on the ticket, while 31% are less likely to do so. Twenty-two percent (22%) say the Ryan choice has no impact on their support for Romney.
Favorables for Ryan in Wisconsin are similar to those measured on the national level, but voters in his home state are more likely to believe he was the right choice for the Romney ticket.
Romney’s choice of Ryan, the leading GOP congressional budget reformer, puts entitlement programs in the spotlight this election campaign, and 66% of Wisconsin voters view Medicare favorably. That’s comparable to sentiments nationwide.
When asked which scares them more when it comes to the future of Medicare, 48% of Wisconsin voters name the president’s health care plan. Forty-two percent (42%) say Ryan’s Medicare proposal scares them more.
If necessary, 45% of Wisconsin voters say Ryan is ready to be president, but 42% don’t share that view.
Eighty-two percent (82%) of Badger State voters view Ryan as politically conservative, including 52% who say he is Very Conservative.