WaPo Confusion: Paul Ryan Pick Unpopular; Pick Gives Ryan Boost
12:43 PM, Aug 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At 11:51, in a story titled, "Paul Ryan pick is less popular than Palin, Cheney selections, poll shows," the Washington Post reported:
Nine minutes later, in story titled, "Positive views of Ryan jump higher after pick," the Washington Post reported:
Hmm. Seems a bit contradictory.
In the first poll, however, it's worth noting which vice presidential pick got the highest rating: In 2004, 64 percent believed John Kerry's selection of John Edwards to be his running mate was an "excellent" or "pretty good" choice.
In the second story, the Washington Post claims Ryan is getting more popular as people get to know him better, which might explain the difference between this poll and the initial reaction poll from the first story.: "Overall, in interviews after his selection, 38 percent of all Americans express favorable views of Ryan, 33 percent negative ones. (Before the the announcement, Ryan was somewhat underwater, scoring 23 percent favorable, 32 unfavorable.) The most recent national numbers on Vice President Joe Biden are from a July Pew Research Center poll showing a split decision, 40 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable."