The Washington Times - March 18, 2013, 12:37PM

Democrats aren’t the only ones with a low opinion of Rep. Paul Ryan — the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and architect of the new House Republican budget plan — a new poll says

Results of a new Rasmussen Reports national survey released Monday show only 35 percent of all likely U.S. voters view the Wisconsin lawmaker favorably. That’s down 15 percentage points from the 50 percent favorable rating he scored in a Rasmussen survey taken in August, just after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate.


Fifty-four percent of respondents now have an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee Chairman, compared with a 32 percent unfavorable rating in August. The new survey also shows that 17 percent of respondents hold a very favorable view of him, while 23 percent view him very unfavorably. Twelve percent are undecided.

The Rasmussen telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Thursday and Friday, and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.