Mitt Romney is tied with Obama in all-important area of likeability
posted at 2:23 pm on October 15, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
“I know it’s early days and all that, but this ABC News/Washington Post poll tells you all you need to know about Mitt Romney’s November problem: nobody likes him much.” So blogged Kevin Drum at Mother Jones this past March.
Continuing in the same triumphal vein, Drum added:
I figure he’ll make up his relatively poor showing among Republicans once the primaries are over and it’s time to sing Kumbaya, but independents and moderates just don’t want anything to do with the guy. Obama scores decently with both groups, but Romney is completely in the tank. I suppose he’ll make up some of this deficit once the general election campaign starts and he does his Etch A Sketch restart, but he’s got an awfully big hole to climb out of.
Climb we much, to paraphrase a television personality who shared Drum’s optimism back in those halcyon days. And climb Mitt Romney has, not only in terms of the popular or electoral vote tally, but in likeability. Politico reports:
Obama’s enduring personal popularity has been a key reason for his political resiliency. But Obama and Romney are now essentially tied on likability [according to a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters]: 53 percent of those surveyed have a positive impression of Obama personally, and 45 percent do not. The same percentage view both Romney and Obama strongly favorably as view them strongly unfavorably.
Fifty-one percent now view Romney favorably in his own light, while 44% views him unfavorably. Those numbers represent a reversal of Romney’s favorability ratings in mid-September.
The article quotes Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who helped conduct the poll, as saying:
The biggest concern among Democrats ought to be the increase in Romney’s favorability among independents and women. Independent and women voters didn’t know him very well, and he came across as a very personable alternative.
That being said, Obama still holds a commanding, 11-point lead over Romney when it comes to women. By the same token, has squandered a 13-point advantage over Romney on the subject of national security, with the president ahead of the GOP challenger 4 percentage points.
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