Poll: Ryan Pick Deeply Unpopular

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Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds up a copy of Congressional Budget Office's 'The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2011 to 2021' during a hearing before the House Budget Committee February 10, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Will Mitt Romney regret choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate? The announcement that the Wisconsin congressman will join the Republican ticket as vice president garnered one of the least positive reactions in history, a new USA Today/Gallup poll reports. While four in 10 Americans rate the selection as “excellent” or “pretty good,” 42 percent call Ryan an “only fair” or “poor choice.” Only the selection of Dan Quayle in 1988 rated worse. Potentially more concerning: Almost six in 10 respondents said they were not familiar enough with Ryan to offer an opinion about him.