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Romney's VP selection rating lowest over two decades: poll

(Xinhua)

08:25, August 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Americans' initial reaction toward U.S. Republican presumed nominee Mitt Romney's selection of running mate gained lowest rating in more than two decades, a USA Today/Gallup poll released on Monday said.

The poll found that 42 percent of Americans viewed Paul Ryan, Romney's vice presidential running mate announced on Saturday, as a "fair" or "poor" choice by Romney campaign while 39 percent believed the pick was "excellent" or "pretty good."

Historical data from USA Today/Gallup showed the last vice- presidential candidate to perform worse than Ryan in the poll shortly after the announcement was Dan Quayle, dated back to 1988.

Romney campaign pollster Neil Newhouse said in a statement that the low rating was partly due to the fact that Ryan has not been nationally known.

Forty-eight percent said Ryan would be ready to step in as president if the situation should arise, while 29 percent said he was not ready, and 23 percent undecided.

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