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 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.

bulldogger August 15, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Well, Anna, it appears that you and the rest of the dumbocraps in the state have managed to get all of "Debbie Wasserman Shultz's" talking points down pat. I believe Paul Ryan, the next Vice President of the Greatest Country in the World, the United States of America said this about the dumbocraps statements.......lies, lies and damn lies. Romney/Ryan will carry Georgia and every other state in the South, including Florida and will be the next President and Vice President of the United States of America.....it's past time to clean up the mess that Barack "Hussein" Obama has created over nearly four years of bungling up everything from jobs, economy, immigration and foreign policy. He is a laughing stock the world over and needs to go into the trash heap of former presidents like JFK, LBJ and JC......he, of course will be at the top of the heap.
Lynn Herron August 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
It seems that Patch leans Democratic. At least the Decatur Patch does...am I right?
Peggy Girard August 15, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The Decatur leftist media strikes again! Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as VP pick brings to the table a leader who is honest about the country’s problems and focused on telling Americans the truth, and treating them like adults. He is explaining to the American people that the current path of US spending, especially on entitlements, is unsustainable. Obama and his administration encourage dependency on government instead of striving to better oneself through individual initiative and innovation. The choice in this election, with Paul Ryan’s help, will be between providing opportunity and choices and Obama’s job-killing tax increases and more strangling federal regulations. The choice is between rewarding hard work and personal responsibility, or continuing encouragement of victimhood and entitlement.
bulldogger August 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Lynn, I would say that would be an extreme under-statement. Decatur is absolutely the most liberal city in Georgia.
Marc Akers August 15, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Peggy... You and all of the other republicans are steering our country away from accomplishing great things as a society by adopting an everyone for themselves philosophy. Republicans need to stop complaining about our government and blame the American people instead. It is us, the American people who put our government officials there. Did you vote for George Bush? Then you have a part in us going to war against Iraq for reasons that did not exist. You have a part in passing a prescription drug plan for the elderly without paying for it. You have a hand in being the first generation to pass tax cuts for the rich during a time of war. Everyone wants a leaner more efficient government. Yes.. even us democrats... Do you like clean rivers? Yes... well then I guess you are ok with the EPA then... right? What about food inspectors? Do you want to get rid of them? How about the police and fire department? Taxes are what makes our society work and run... By the way, the defintion of a liberal/Leftist is as follows: Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a broad political ideology or worldview founded on the ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally liberals support ideas such as capitalism (either regulated or not), constitutionalism, liberal democracy, free and fair elections, human rights and the free exercise of religion.


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