Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s announcement on August 11 of Paul Ryan as his running mate drew a variety of responses, including cheers, jeers and even some comparisons to John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin in 2008.

But for all the media fervor over Mr Ryan and his controversial budget plan, the polling response has been muted compared to 2008. The Real Clear Politics poll shows Mr Romney narrowing the gap from 4.6 points to 2.8 since the August 11 announcement.