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Paul Ryan: One Word Descriptions

As Paul Ryan prepares to accept his nomination as the GOP's vice presidential candidate, the American public has a mixed impression of him. When asked what one word comes to mind when thinking about Ryan, the most frequent responses are conservative, intelligent, good, unknown, and young.

In the latest national survey by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post, conducted August 23-29 among 1,010 adults, people offer a roughly equal number of positive and negative descriptions. Of those offering a word, 37% describe Ryan in clearly positive terms, using such words as intelligent, good, energetic , honest and smart. Another 35% of the words used are clearly negative in tone, such as idiot, extreme, phony and scary. The remaining 28% of the descriptions were not clearly positive or negative, such as conservative, unknown and young.

Read the full report, Paul Ryan: One Word Descriptions, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press website.