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Flash Poll: Georgia Dems Say Ryan Pick 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 percent,” 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.

Wendy Parker August 15, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I do appreciate everyone's comments but just to clarify a couple of things: Patch is polling a set of Republican voters and a set of Democratic voters in Georgia from time to time through the general election. As a previous reader noted, we ran a Republican poll on this subject on Saturday, right after Romney announced his selection of Ryan. AOL merged with Time Warner in 2000 but in 2009 both companies went separate ways. The articles you read on Patch are produced by staff editors or freelance contributors.
Stephen Guy Hardin August 16, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Georgia Democrats...? That's funny.
Artie Byrum August 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You are so right, Bob. The 40 percent of Americans who are true conservative voters don't take part in polls...only in voting booths. Unless a person thinks socialism has always suceeded (duh), and cares nothng about being controlled by a dictatorship, then he or she will vote Obama and his Chicago thugs out of our White House. R.T.
Ken Cook August 16, 2012 at 07:36 PM
There's one in my building. In East Cobb. Has a bumper sticker and all. @Wendy I believe we just find it odd even bothering to report what a poll of Democrats or Republicans say about a candidate be it their own or the opposition's. There will be no breaking news when the two are that far apart. Kind of like polling people in an ice cream shop and asking "do you like ice cream?" The shocker would be 51% of them saying no - but it's just not going to happen.
Wendy Parker August 16, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Thanks for the comments Ken. This is an initiative that Patch is undertaking across our network, in the same way other news organizations do in conjunction with polling firms. We're not trying to break news but rather report what our respondents say, and elicit comments from readers like yourself.

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