No, Ryan didn’t hurt Romney in Florida
posted at 1:16 pm on November 9, 2012 by Allahpundit
Aside from retaining the House, this is probably the best news to come out of election day. Entitlement reform is coming, one way or another. And judging by the exit polls among seniors, it’s not nearly as politically radioactive as the left would have you believe:
Exit polling in 2008 indicated that John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin won by a margin of 8 percentage points among Florida seniors (53 to 45 percent). Exit polling in 2012 indicates that Romney-Ryan more than doubled that margin — to 17 points (58 to 41 percent).
Romney’s other biggest gains in the Sunshine State, in relation to McCain, were among Floridians between the ages of 45 and 64 — the younger half of whom would have been among the first wave of Americans to experience the Romney-Ryan Medicare reforms firsthand. McCain lost among that group of voters by 5 points (52 to 47 percent); Romney won by 4 points (52 to 48 percent).
What’s more, when asked in exit polling who would do a better job of handling Medicare, Florida voters gave President Obama the edge over Romney by a meager 4 points — 50 to 46 percent — an enviable result for any Republican candidate. (That question wasn’t asked in 2008 exit polling.)