Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Blog

AAI Board Member John Zogby’s polling and research firm JZ Analytics released the results of a new telephone poll today of likely voters’ support for President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. JZ Analytics puts Obama and Romney in “a dead heat,” with both candidates “receiving 46% of likely voters' support.” The poll is the first survey of public opinion conducted in the wake of Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate and vice presidential pick.

In a release issued today, JZ Analytics highlights a few of the poll’s key findings on specific demographic breakdowns favoring each candidate, including an important constituency John Zogby has recently expressed concern about: young people.

Of Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, the JZ Analytics release states: “There is little doubt that Romney's choice of Ryan has excited the Republican base 88% of whom now support the new ticket.” Among independent voters, JZ analytics notes Romney and Ryan have 45 percent of support as opposed to Obama and Biden’s 40 percent.  An excerpt of the release "The Ryan Effect" appears below:

A new JZ Analytics poll conducted over the weekend (8/11-8/12) shows a dead heat between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with both candidates receiving 46% of likely voters' support. Only 8% say they are undecided.

The poll of 1,117 likely voters was conducted by telephone by JZ Analytics and is the first full poll since the announcement of Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate on Saturday.

Hot on the heels of Mitt Romney's Vice Presidential choice of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the race between Obama and Romney seems to be tightening. There is little doubt that Romney's choice of Ryan has excited the Republican base 88% of whom now support the new ticket. But there are some interesting facts to consider when the results are examined in the context of this weekend's big news and other recent events.

Not only are Obama and Romney tied in the horse race, but they also score equally among men and women, with both candidates getting 46% of male voters and 45% of female voters respectively.

Read the full release

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