If you need an indicator of just how bold Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan was, consider CNN’s poll from last year on the changes proposed by the Wisconsin congressman.
Two months after the House passed the 2012 budget authored by Ryan — its centerpiece a controversial plan to reform Medicare, the healthcare plan for seniors — CNN found that 58% of Americans opposed the Republican plan and just 35% supported it.
In the poll conducted in late May 2011, about 50% of respondents said they feared the country would be worse off under the plan’s Medicare changes. Resistance was highest among seniors, who are the most reliable group of voters.
Democrats are eager to make Ryan’s fiscal proposal a target of the race this fall. Under it, those 55 and younger would be offered the option of subsidies for the purchase of private insurance. It would also include major tax cuts while slicing $700 billion from Medicaid healthcare for the poor.