An ABC News/Washington Post poll released early Wednesday found that 50 percent of senior citizens 65 years and older have a favorable view of Ryan, the GOP vice presidential pick, while 35 percent hold an unfavorable view. Fifteen percent, the poll found, don’t have an opinion.

Democrats had expected Ryan to be especially unpopular with older Americans because of his budget proposal which shifts Medicare into a subsidized private insurance model system for those currently under the age of 55. President Obama’s campaign has hit Ryan hard for his Medicare plans, saying that they would raise healthcare costs for seniors.

But Ryan, since presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney tapped him for the ticket, has not shied away from his budget plan. He has countered with attacks on Obama, claiming he weakened Medicare by cutting funds to pay for his healthcare reform bill.