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People "Like" Paul Ryan on Facebook; Dislike Him in Other Contexts

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By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair

We've already seen hard evidence that people do not much care for Paul Ryan -- 42 percent of Americans in a recent survey used the hurtful words "fair" and "poor" to describe him -- so how about we now review some contradictory information, courtesy of the Romney campaign, that people just love Paul Ryan?

Politico reports that Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades released a few flattering fundraising and social-media stats to make the case. According to Rhoades, in the days following the announcement, Ryan gained more than 118,000 Twitter followers, more than 860,000 users became a "fan" of Ryan on Facebook, and 68 percent of those who donated to the campaign are new donors. Ahem! A Twitter follow does not imply fondness. Go look at the list of people you follow on Twitter. A sorry bunch of whiny narcissists whom you occasionally hate-read to feel superior, are they not?

Digital friends notwithstanding, a new poll corroborates the theory of Ryan's unpopularity/neutrality. Per The Hill: "According to Wednesday's national daily-tracking poll from Gallup, Romney's standing in the presidential race has not changed since he announced Ryan as his running mate." His Klout though, is probably through the roof.

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