Poll: Paul Ryan Rating Has Dropped Significantly Post-Election

03/19/2013 12:05 pm ET | Updated Mar 19, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is viewed favorably by just 35 percent of American voters, according to a Rasmussen poll released Monday. Fifty-four percent view him unfavorably.

A bare 52 percent majority of GOP voters gave Ryan positive marks, down from 83 percent when he was selected as the Republicans' vice presidential nominee in August 2012.

According to Rasmussen, that puts Ryan far behind Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in terms of popularity within his own party. Ryan also finished a distant fifth in this past weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, taking 6 percent of the vote.

HuffPost Pollster's average, which combines all publicly available polls, shows a marked drop in Ryan's image since the election, when his rating was a slim net positive.

Rasmussen used automated phone calls to survey 1,000 likely voters between March 14 and 15.

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