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Flash Poll: Georgia Democrats Say Paul Ryan Pick for VP Can Help Obama Win

A Patch panel of Democratic elected officials and activists say the Ryan pick draws a stronger contrast between presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

A Patch poll of Georgia Democrats found that most respondents feel that Mitt Romney’s decision to tap Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate could make it easier for Democrats to paint the GOP ticket as out of touch with the middle class.

“Romney is now absolutely married to the tax breaks for the rich, tax increases for the middle class, gut the programs for everybody but the 1%,” one respondent said.

Most of those who took part in the nonscientific flash poll agreed that Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, will ‘galvanize’ Democrats in the Peach State. Twenty Democratic elected officials, candidates and activists completed the nonscientific survey over the weekend.

Several respondents said they didn’t think the Ryan selection would make a big different in Georgia, which has been a safe Republican state in the past several presidential races, though it could help Democrats in other key states.

“They [the Romney-Ryan ticket] will have to defend public policy that is antithetical to the needs of middle and working class Americans,” said one respondent.

Respondents overwhelmingly agreed that the Ryan pick would give Democrats a chance to win the presidential race by running against the Congressman’s budget plans, which would reduce spending on Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. Sixty percent strongly agreed and 30 percent somewhat agreed with the statement, "Now that Ryan is on the ticket, Georgia Democrats can win by running against Ryan's existing budget plans and particularly his proposal for Medicare."

Still, Democratic respondents were less strong in their opinion on whether the Ryan pick would help Democrats win the support of senior citizens in Georgia. Forty percent agreed with that statement and 15 percent somewhat agreed.

When asked if they felt the Ryan nomination would “galvanize” Georgia Democrats, 35 said they strongly agreed and 40 percent said they somewhat agreed.

A similar flash poll of influential Georgia Republicans found enthusiasm for the Romney-Ryan team.

Here are some excerpts from the Democratic respondents:

  • “He’s not from the South – can’t imagine he’s going to win over undecideds in Georgia.”
  • “Senior citizens will be pushed toward President Obama because of Ryan's Medicare voucher plan.”
  • “The CEO has hired a brilliant and youthful CFO.”

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Would you like to take part in future polls? If you are an elected official, candidate or party activist _ Republican or Democrat _ and you'd like to take part in our surveys, please email Regional Editor Anna Varela.

George Jones August 14, 2012 at 01:44 PM
HOW IN THE WORLD ANYONE COULD VOTE FOR OBAMA AFTER ALL HE HAS DONE AGAINST THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS BEYOUND ME. ARE YOU PEOPLE CRAZY.HIS MESS MAKES ME WANT TO VOTE A STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN TCKET,OF WHICH I`VE NEVER DONE. WAKE UP AMERICA ,SMELL THE CRAP HIM AND HIS REGIME HAS STIRRED UP
Gerald Gardner August 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Oh so George Jones want Bush back in office. He forgot how we got here!
David Cowart August 15, 2012 at 02:00 PM
If voters are dipped in molten zinc (galvanized) it will probably kill most of them. I'm pretty sure that will help Obama because I heard that most of the dead people who voted chose Obama.
George Jones August 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I wouldn`t mind , G.G. anything will be better than what we`ve got now.Besides you might want to compare obama and Bush`s records. Even Jimmy Carter did more than obama.
Joseph Saint October 01, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Obama is the man! The American people know that the Republican party has opposed everything that would improve matters in this country because they don't want Pres. Obama to be reelected. Their sense of "fair play" will reelect the President -- just watch!
SOGTP October 01, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Paul Ryan is a miscreant and misfit big spending liberal Republican. I am going to vote for Romney just hoping he wins and we can get rid of Ryan out of Congress.
Joseph Saint October 01, 2012 at 03:27 PM
People realize it's the republicans who are the reason our economy was bad but thanks to President Obama, our economy is getting better. 4 more years is what Obama needs. Together, we can do it!
Christopher Hoalt October 01, 2012 at 08:57 PM
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of everybody else's money- Margaret Thatcher
Joseph Saint October 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Together we can prevent that "running out of everybody else's money when everyone hold the republicans for the 8 years of killing the surplus and wild-goose spending during the Bush era. Remeber that- We the people?
Joseph Saint October 02, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Bottom line, President Obama will win reelection mean while most corporations supporting republicans after being told to hold the hiring of new employees (Yes, we know about it) during the first 4 years of President Obama's term are now doing it again waiting after the election to hire. The american people should not have to wait for their future and I don't know how the corporations expect people to buy their services or products without steady income. How long will the corporations listen to the republicans by holding out and futher damaging the the economy? Hear that republicans?
Andrew October 23, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Ask a panel of Republicans about Biden and they will tell you the same.

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