A snap Red Keystone survey of GOP activists in Pennsylvania by Patch shows strong support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s choice for running mate.
Ryan as vice presidential nominee will help galvanize Republican voters in the Keystone State, according to more than two-thirds of respondents.
More than half also say Ryan will help the GOP ticket win undecided voters.
Respondents aren’t concerned that Democrats can win by running against Ryan's existing budget plans and particularly his proposal for Medicare.
Several respondents noted that Ryan will help the GOP win young voters. But one Republican commented, “I don't believe that a VP pick ultimately changes elections. Perhaps the last time it did was in 1960.”
Here are other comments on Ryan from Pennsylvania Republicans who replied to an automated survey sent by Patch:
- He is a man with a substantive fiscal plan, the best hope for a truly honest discussion of our fiscal problems. Unlike almost all other politicians, he calls a spade a spade.
- His 14 years in Congress gives insight, strength and balance to Romney's experience as a governor.
- It takes the focus of the race to the economy, which will help Romney.
- It sends a clear message that a President Romney will be serious about tackling the deficit.
- This may galvanize the ‘Audit the Fed’ crowd, but unless they come forward with real fiscal arguments that reasonable voters can accept and convince people the deficit must be solved, they will not be able to get much traction in Pennsylvania.
- Rep. Ryan brings a clear vision to a campaign that, so far, had been severely lacking in detail.
- Returns discussion to fiscal policy, not tax returns.
- He is a fiscal conservative. He has the fullest understanding of any possible candidate of the breadth and scope of the fiscal disaster and the resulting crash in our economy and the crushing of our individual liberty and freedom.
Our surveys are not a scientific random sample of any larger population but rather an effort to listen to a swath of influential local political activists, party leaders and elected officials in Pennsylvania.
All of these individuals have agreed to participate in the surveys, although not all responded to questions Saturday about U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.
Patch will be conducting Red Keystone and Blue Keystone surveys throughout 2012 in hopes of determining the true sentiment of conservatives and liberals on the ground in Pennsylvania.