According to a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday, 42 percent of Americans surveyed said they view Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's addition to Mitt Romney's Republican presidential ticket as a "fair" or "poor" move by the Romney campaign. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said it was an "excellent" or "pretty good" choice. The last vice-presidential candidate to perform worse in the poll after being unveiled as a presidential candidate's running mate was former Vice President Dan Quayle in 1988. A majority of Americans, 52 percent, said Quayle was a "fair" or "poor" pick at the time. Despite the lackluster response to Romney's choosing Ryan, 17 percent of respondents said they are more likely to vote for Romney now that the seven-term congressman is his running mate.
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