Polls of the Week: Aug. 17

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  • Politics News, National News, national polls
  • Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan
  • Republican Party, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, The Tea Party
  • Gabby Douglas, 2012 London Olympics, gymnastics
  • Barack Obama, Congress
  • spirituality, religion, atheism
  • Barack Obama, economy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton
  • voter ID law, voting rights, civil rights
  • healthy eating, obesity, fitness
  • Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush

Ryan's Bump

Being named a vice presidential candidate carries some caché. Just ask 2008 Republican nominee Sarah Palin, who went from an unknown governor of the nation's most remote state to Tea Party force to be reckoned with. Ryan's approval rating, in an ABC News/Washington Post survey taken after the announcement bumped up to 38 percent from 23 percent a few days earlier. Among Republicans, his approval rating jumped 48 to 62 percent. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)