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August 29, 2012

Ryan: Idiot or intelligent? Depends....

No surprise here: Americans are sharply divided in their view of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., who's tonight's featured speaker at the Republican National Convention.

A new Pew Research Center-Washington Post survey found 37 percent describing Ryan with positive terms, with such words as intelligent, energetic, good, honest and smart.

But 35 percent of the words mentioned are negative, like  extreme, idiot, phony and scary. 28 percent of words mentioned were more neutral, like unknown, young and conservative.

"Not surprisingly, most Republicans offer positive words in describing Ryan, while most Democrats volunteer negative words," a poll analysis said. "And a few themes stand out. References to his intelligence are common, with more positive assessments (such as intelligentsmartsharp) than negative (idiotstupid). There are also frequent references to Ryan’s honesty, both positive (honest, integrity, dedicated) and negative (phony, fake, liar).."

To read the full report:  http://www.people-press.org/2012/08/29/paul-ryan-in-a-word-conservative-intelligent/


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Add another word to the ones already given, phony, fake, liar...adding devious. Whatever happened to that compassionate conservatism? Oh never mind...That was George Bush stuff and he has been erased from Republican memory.

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