Here’s an interesting find from Public Policy Polling in its Wisconsin poll out Wednesday: Rep. Paul Ryan could be an asset to Mitt Romney as a vice presidential pick.
Though President Barack Obama has a 6-point lead in Wisconsin over Romney, Ryan narrows the gap to a statistical dead heat in the crucial state.
Here’s an even more surprising finding: the 42-year-old Ryan could help Romney win the youth vote, at least in Wisconsin.
PPP found that a Romney-Ryan ticket would actually win the 18-to-45 age group in Wisconsin over an Obama-Biden ticket. This is the first poll that has found that Ryan would have a substantial effect on the youth vote.
Part of the reason is that Wisconsinites view Ryan favorably, whereas state and national polling has found Romney with an overall negative favorability rating. Forty-four percent of Wisconsinites say they have a favorable opinion of Ryan, compared with 39 percent that do not. He has a 45 percent favorability rating with Independents. And 52 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds view him favorably.
Obama leads the head-to-head race in Wisconsin, 49 percent to 43 percent. But when Ryan is added to the theoretical ticket, the gap narrows significantly. An Obama-Biden ticket would only lead a Romney-Ryan ticket by a single point: 47 percent to 46 percent.
Ryan also cuts down Obama’s 13-point lead among women to 8 points, and expands Romney’s healthy lead with men.
Remember when Paul Ryan took on Barack Obama during the C-SPAN Healthcare discussion? Brilliant!!