In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as their vice presidential nominee, Republicans put his plans to overhaul Medicare front and center in the election campaign, but a poll released Thursday finds his proposal is not very popular with voters — especially among seniors, one of the key GOP voting blocs.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that more than half of those questioned said they want the government’s health care plan for seniors to remain as it is, with the government acting as the insurer, while 37 percent said they prefer the model laid out by Mr. Ryan and running mate Mitt Romney, which would allow seniors to receive a set amount of money to shop for private insurance.

Opposition to the Republican plan was even greater among those 55 and older. Two-thirds said they would rather keep traditional Medicare, even though Mr. Romney has said the changes he supports wouldn’t apply to that age group.

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