Skip to comments.New Poll Finds The More People Learn About Romney, The More They Dislike Him
Posted on 02/06/2012 2:12:12 PM PST by cotton1706
By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll:
Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney on Saturday night in Nevada, are about 3 to 1 negative.
Of course, this may be wishful thinking. I think the powers that be are doing everything they can to trap us with a worthless candidate. Maybe they'll entrap themselves with him instead and Newt will be able to take the convention.
He’s winning primaries and caucuses because he can outspend his opponents 20-1 and smear them. That won’t work in the general election against a singular opponent with a lot of money. We’re in for an epic landslide Obama win.
And a Barack Obama who doesn’t have to answer to the electorate anymore... lolz
“The More People Learn About Romney, The More They Dislike Him”
That has certainly been my experience.
It there enough time for the slow learners?
Romney is a superficial president from central casting.
Dole, Bush, McCain...and now Romney?
I'm frankly done. I've made decisions long ago now...to watch out for me, and mine. I don't care anymore about politicians that say that they are looking out for me.
I'm giving money to those I think are maybe helping...It's never money to the GOP. IMO....they are part of the problem. If not my enemy. Period.
I've a Senator here in OK....Tom Coburn, whom I respect, and think is a decent guy. But he thinks insider trading by House members isn't a problem???? Are you kidding me??
I'm so done with all of these guy's it ain't funny!!
Please, please pray that when the time for the convention comes, that no one candidate has enough votes to take it on the first ballot - we don’t need a coronation and certainly not a coronation of a person who is patently the object for a tremendous series of smears and calumnies by the Democrats.
Obama has got NOTHING going into this election. No popular programs, no distingujishing acts of statesmanship, no evidence he even understands the duties and responsibilities of stewardship that is part and parcel of the office of the Presidency, and certainly no clue as to how economics really works. All he has is an agenda, for a system of governance that has failed in every nation and at every level in which it has been attempted. When the Chinese can lecture Obama on the virtues of economic prudence, it is clear that he has lost his way.
But damn, do they have just one hell of a war room, when it comes to political campaigns. Opposition research, disinformation, money-laundering schemes to conceal huge cash transfers, and a legion quick to do their bidding and present talking points.
Caesar would have been so proud.
1. His religion. Sarah has said we need to vet. IMO there are questions about his faith that need to be talked about now. The American people should/will be asking questions. If the GOP don't start the conversation, you can bet that Axelrod will....He was a Bishop. His faith sees Grace different then most Protestants and the Catholic church.
2. His father had a relationship with Sal Alinsky. (Remember Newt mentioning the name.)He is currently using many of the techniques taught by Alinsky. Hillary was one of his followers. Obama taught classes and used his methods when he worked as a CO. Alinsky dedicated the book RULES FOR RADICALS to Lucifer...Enough said.
3. The Florida Fiasco must be settled now. Michael Steele on TV stated that the rule making April 1st the line for winner take all states. No exception was made for FL. The current President of the GOP wrote FL in Dec telling them they must distribute delegates proportionately.
Now the rules committee has two choices either have an emergency meeting of the rules committee now and save themselves the embarrassment of some very angry people a week before convention or PUSH Romney down the throat of the American people.....WE THE PEOPLE must speak up.
Oh, I’m not voting for Romney either way.
Just forwarded this ‘tip’ to Coulter’s Butt-Boy Drudge!
“....you can always find an acceptable conservative candidate with the American Independent Party.”
Like a third party could be a viable alternative.
There ain’t one.
We have to go to war with the army we have, and not the army we want. To be sure, a lot of people whom claim to be Republican, are definitely anti-conservative, and are more than willing to expedite things for their very good friends “across the aisle”. The best we can do, is to mount a primary challenge to the questionable “RINOs” and try to remove them before they become a reliable vote for the Obama agenda. Failing that, we must resort to holding their feet to the fire, making them either so uncomfortable they resign (perhaps to face legal consequences), or otherwise they become compliant to their constituents and not to some distant “money interest” that is most likely funding their campaign for office in a manner altogether at odds with the existing law.
This is going to take a LOT of grassroots organization (which already has some semblance of framework in place), a lot of disappointment (we can’t possibly remove ALL the RINOs), and considerable investment of time, effort and money on the part of the motivated.
Make sure your personal protection is up to date. The Second Amendment is there for a reason.
To make sure we may enjoy the rest of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
This is true. Got a call from the RNC wanting money. I asked her what would be done with my contribution. She mumbled a few things, then very matter of fact, she actually said, “to help Mitt Romney beat Obama.”. That infuriated me, I then said I didn’t know Romney had already won the nomination and I would never give money to a liberal democrat like him. She then said, “he is a republican.”. I laughed and ended the call. I would think the other candidates would love to know that the RNC has already made up their mind and is actually fundraising for Romney.
I wish Newt would pick an interview and discuss his disdain for the Beltway mentality - his experience as an insider - why he resigned - the infighting and backstabbing - how he woke up. This is the conversation he needs to take to the general public - in a thoughtful, humble, sincere way. Not putting down any individuals, but collectively. Explaining the GOP mentality of going along to get along and not boldly standing firm against socialism.
We love underdogs and we are the underdogs - along with Newt. Newt is us.
Uh-huh! Talk is cheap, where are the numbers to support it?
A poll, regardless who conducts it, is only good for wrapping old fish in.
The REAL polls are in the primaries and in November. So far, the results belie the headline.
By a more than two to one margin, Americans say that the more they learn about Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, the more they dislike him, per a new Washington Post / ABC poll:No duh.
No one should be suprized by this.
You can spray gold paint on a turd, and it will still be a turd. That’s what people find when they look past Romney’s glitter.
Mitt Romney was a moderate governor in Massachusetts with an unimpressive record of governance. He left office with an approval rating in the thirties and his signature achievement, Romneycare, was a Hurricane Katrina style disaster for the state. Since that's the case, it's fair to ask what a Republican who's not conservative and can't even carry his own state brings to the table for GOP primary voters. The answer is always the same: Mitt Romney is supposed to be "the most electable" candidate. This is a baffling argument because many people just seem to assume it's true, despite the plethora of evidence to the contrary.
1) People just don't like Mitt: The entire GOP primary process so far has consisted of Republican voters desperately trying to find an alternative to Mitt Romney. Doesn't it say something that GOP primary voters have, at one time or another, preferred Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and now even Ron Paul (In Iowa) to Mitt Romney?
To some people, this is a plus. They think that if conservatives don't like Mitt Romney, that means moderates will like him. This misunderstands how the process of attracting independent voters works in a presidential race. While it's true the swayable moderates don't want to support a candidate they view as an extremist, they also don't just automatically gravitate towards the most "moderate" candidate. To the contrary, independent voters tend to be moved by the excitement of the candidate's base (See John McCain vs. Barack Obama for an example of how this works). This is how a very conservative candidate like Ronald Reagan could win landslide victories. He avoided being labeled an extremist as Goldwater was; yet his supporters were incredibly enthusiastic and moderates responded to it.
Let's be perfectly honest: Mitt Romney excites no one except for Mormons, political consultants, and Jennifer Rubin. To everybody else on the right, Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama would be a "lesser of two evils" election where we'd grudgingly back Mitt because we wouldnt lose as badly with him in the White House as we would with Obama. That's not the sort of thing that gets people fired up to make phone calls, canvass neighborhoods, or even put up "I heart Mitt" signs in their yards.
2) He's a proven political loser: There's a reason Mitt Romney has been able to say that he's "not a career politician." It's because he's not very good at politics. He lost to Ted Kennedy in 1994. Although he did win the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002, he did it without cracking 50% of the vote. Worse yet, he left office as the 48th most popular governor in America and would have lost if he had run again in 2006. Then, to top that off, he failed to capture the GOP nomination in 2008. This time around, despite having almost every advantage over what many people consider to be a weak field of candidates, Romney is still desperately struggling. Choosing Romney as the GOP nominee after running up that sort of track record would be like promoting a first baseman hitting .225 in AAA to the majors.
3) Running weak in the southern states: Barack Obama won North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida in 2008 and you can be sure that he will be targeting all three of those states again. This is a problem for Romney because he would be much less likely than either Gingrich or Perry to carry any of those states. Moderate northern Republicans have consistently performed poorly in the south and Romney won't be any exception. That was certainly the case in 2008 when both McCain and Huckabee dominated Romney in primaries across the south. Mitt didn't win a single primary in a southern state and although he finished second in Florida, he wasn't even competitive in North Carolina or Virginia. Since losing any one of those states could be enough to hand the election to Obama in a close race, Mitt's weakness there is no small matter.
4) His advantages disappear in a general election: It's actually amazing that Mitt Romney isn't lapping the whole field by 50 points because he has every advantage. Mitt has been running for President longer than the other contenders. He has more money and a better organization than the other candidates. The party establishment and inside the beltway media are firmly in his corner. That's why the other nominees have been absolutely savaged while Romney, like John McCain before him, has been allowed to skate through the primaries without receiving serious scrutiny.
Yet, every one of those advantages disappears if he becomes the nominee. Suddenly Obama will be the more experienced candidate in the race for the presidency. He will also have more money and a better organization than Mitt. Moreover, in a general election, the establishment and beltway media will be aligned against Romney, not for him. Suddenly, Romney will go from getting a free pass to being public enemy #1 for the entire mainstream media.
If you took all those advantages away from Romney in the GOP primary, he'd be fighting with Jon Huntsman to stay out of last place. So, what happens when he's the nominee and suddenly, all the pillars that have barely kept him propped up in SECOND place so far are suddenly removed? It may not be pretty.
5) Bain Capital: Mitt Romney became rich working for Bain Capital. This has been a plus for Romney in the Republican primaries where the grassroots tend to be dominated by people who love capitalism and the free market. However, in a year when Obama will be running a populist campaign and Occupy Wall Street is demonizing the "1%," Mitt Romney will be a TAILOR MADE villain for them. Did you know that Bain Capital gutted companies and made a lot of money, in part, by laying off a lot of poor and middle class Americans? Do you know that Bain Capital got a federal bailout and Mitt Romney made lots of money off of it?
The way the company was rescued was with a federal bailout of $10 million, the ad says. The rest of us had to absorb the loss Romney? He and others made $4 million in this deal. Mitt Romney: Maybe hes just against government when it helps working men and women.
The facts of the Bain & Co. turnaround are a little more complicated, but a Boston Globe report from 1994 confirms that Bain saw several million dollars in loans forgiven by the FDIC, which had taken over Bains failed creditor, the Bank of New England.
Did you know Ted Kennedy beat Romney in 1994 by hammering Mitt relentlessly on his time at Bain Capital? No wonder. The ads write themselves.
Imagine pictures of dilapidated, long since closed factories. They trot out scruffy looking workers talking about how bad life has been since Mitt Romney crushed their dreams and cost them their jobs. Then they show a clip of Mitt making his $10,000 bet and posing with money in his clothes. All Mitt needs is a monocle and a sniveling Waylon Smithers type character to follow him around shining his shoes to make him into the prototypical bad guy the Democrats are trying to create.
Now, the point of this isn't to say that what Mitt did at Bain Capital was dishonorable. It certainly wasn't. To the contrary, as a conservative, I find his work in the private sector to be just about the only thing he has going for him. But, people should realize that in a general election, Mitt's time at Bain Capital will probably end up being somewhere between a small asset and a large liability, depending on which side does a better job of defining it.
6) The Mormon Factor: This is a sensitive topic; so I am going to handle it much, much more gently than Hollywood and the mainstream media will if Mitt gets the nomination. Mormons do believe in Jesus Christ, the Mormon Church does a lot of good work, the ones I've met seem to be good people, and two of my best friends are Mormons. That being said, Mormons are not considered to be a mainstream Christian religion in large swathes of the country. There will be Protestants who will have deep reservations about voting a Mormon into the White House because they'll be afraid it will help promote what they believe to be a false religion. There have also been a number of polls that show that significant numbers of Americans won't vote for a Mormon as President.
Just look at a couple of the more recent polls and consider how much of an impact this issue could have in a close election.
The poll found 67 percent of Americans want the president to be Christian and 52 percent said they consider Mormons to be Christian. Twenty-two percent of those polled said they don't think Mormons are Christians and 26 percent are unsure.
"I do believe they are moral people, but again there is a difference between being moral and being saved," Linda Dameron, an evangelical Republican in Independence, Mo., told the Tribune.
More than 40 percent of Americans would be uncomfortable with a Mormon as president, according to a new survey that also suggests that as more white evangelical voters have learned White House hopeful Mitt Romney is Mormon, the less they like him.
A survey by the Public Religion Research Institute released late Monday also shows that nearly half of white evangelical Protestant voters a key demographic in the Republican primary race dont believe that Mormonism is a Christian faith, and about two-thirds of adults say the LDS faith is somewhat or very different than their own.
You should also keep in mind that if Mitt Romney gets the nomination, Hollywood and the mainstream media will conduct a vicious, months long hate campaign against the Mormon Church. They will take every opportunity to make Mormons look weird, racist, kooky, scary, and different. Would this be a decisive factor? I'd like to say no, but by the time all is said and done, it's very easy to see Romney potentially losing hundreds of thousands of votes across the country because of his religion.
7) He's a flip-flopper. Maybe my memory is failing me, but didnt George Bush beat John Kerry's brains in with the "flip flopper" charge back in 2004? So now, just eight years later, the GOP is going to run someone that even our own side agrees is a flip-flopper right out of the gate? Romney doesn't even handle the charge well. When Brett Baier at Fox pointed out the obvious, Romney's response was to get huffy and deny that he was flip flopping, which is kind of like Lady Gaga denying that she likes to get attention. If Mitt can't even handle run-of-the-mill questions from FOX NEWS about his flip flopping, what makes anyone think he can deal with the rest of the press in a general election?
There are a lot of issues with trying to run a candidate who doesn't seem to have any core principles. It makes it impossible for his supporters to get excited about him because you can't fall in love with a weathervane. Even worse, since politicians tend to be such liars anyway and you know Romney has no firm beliefs, it's very easy for everyone to assume the worst. Democrats will feel that Romney will be a right wing death-beast. Republicans will think that Romney will screw them over. Independents won't know what to believe, which will make the hundreds of millions that Obama will spend on attack ads particularly effective. Ronald Reagan famously said the GOP needed "a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors." That's particularly relevant when it comes to Mitt Romney who has proven to be a pasty grey pile of formless mush.
Points well taken. If we don’t vet him, Obama & Axelrod will destroy him if he gets the nomination, and it will be too late.
The Mormon thing is the X Factor that might make Mitt unelectable. People’s personal religious beliefs are usually of no interest to most people, but having a President who swears a blood oath to the Mormon Church raises different questions, questions of allegiance.
I started out knowing little about Mormonism, and started researching. They are not just another Christian denomination- they really aren’t Christians at all- they believe that God is a flesh and blood human being, that there are many gods, and that Mormons can become gods.
Everything I’m learning about the Mormon Church is making me very wary of Romney as a candidate. The more people find out about it, they will never vote for him.
One of the most disturbing is the Mormon practice of culling genealogy websites (the Mormons own all the major geneaology sites like ancestry.com, rootsweb.com etc which exist solely for that purpose) for names & family data, then baptizing
them by proxy. 95% of the activity inside the Mormon temples is baptizing the dead.
This is the document brokered by Senator Orrin Hatch between leaders of the UJA and the Mormon Church in which the Mormons agree to stop the despicable practice of baptizing holocaust victims by proxy. They signed it, but the practice continues.
Romney admits that he participated in such rituals, but “not recently”.
I would just ask you all to do some research on Mormonism, and check out the voting results in the SC primary. In areas with large numbers of evangelicals, Romney lost 80% of the vote.
Regards the headline, applies to just about every liberal currently in office, from the prez on down.
I havent liked Willard since that 2007 debate when he boasted that he was lifelong pro-abortion..
and that he was proud of his mother Lenore Romney because she had run on a pro-abortion platformn for US Senate in 1970...
1970... back when abortion was ILLEGAL...
Mitt's 13000 plus negaive ads in FL were full of lies and smears. Mitt has to LIE to fool the people into voting for him. If more people knew the truth about Mitt he would be last in the delegate count.
The GOP-e, FOX and the rest of the MSM know that they have to help Mitt wrap it up soon or it's all over for Mitt.
Mitt knows he is lying when he speaks about being Conservative. You have to give Obama credit on one thing: Obama would never lie and pretend to run as a Conservative.
The clock is ticking for Mitt. I fully expect him to crack and make a fatal mistake before the end of March.
Excellent article, well worth reading through and keeping. Thanks for posting.
Newt would WHUP Obama’s A—
But today's lead article is titled
Why Not Santorum?. And today's poll question asks,
Who is the best alternative to Romney? and offers a choice between Gingrich and Santorum (Santorum's up 80 to 20) with no third option to stick with Mittens.
There are also several of hard-hitting pieces further down the page: Deroy Murdock's
get conservatism, and Larry Kudlow's
Might the GOP-E be wobbly on Romney?
Everyone knows TPM (Talking Points Memo) is a left-wing blog, and here they’re reporting on a MSM poll from two liberal news organizations, ABC News and the Washington Post, not of likely voters, but of general population adults, and lacking any internals for party ID (source: http://bit.ly/xPnG6K). And you’re all swallowing it whole as if you were regulars at Democratic Underground.
This is no surprise at all. I’ve mentioned this Weekly Standard article often. The author analyzed Romney’s campaigns and described the exact same thing happening in all of them. This is just one of many reasons many of us have been opposing his candidacy from the beginning.
More evidence of voters coolness toward Romney came in a recent Public Policy study, which took snapshots from 13 states both early and late in 2011. In all 13 states, he became less popular as the year progressed. Even more telling were Romneys negativeswhich increased in tandem with his name recognition. As Romney began campaigning more actively, voters became less favorably disposed toward him.
Has there been any investigation of where Romney goes to church and what types of statements his pastor makes? I'm sure the Democrats will try to pull a Reverend Wright on him so we ought to do it first.
Tell the RNC there is no way in HELL you will vote for Romney. Lets tie up their phone lines.
Office of the Chairman
Faxing will get their attention as they will have to pick up each one rather than just give you the Yada Yada over the phone.
The real eye opener for the NRO crowd was Mittens automatic minimum wage increases. This little diddy perked a lot of ears up and NOT in a good way.
I haven’t read the articles, but I imagine some of Romney’s support has been from people who are social liberals but fiscal conservatives. Even people like me who are opposed to Romney have been a little surprised at how much he’s revealed himself to be a fiscal liberal on different issues lately that haven’t come up before. Of course it should have been obvious from Romneycare, his hundreds of millions in tax/fee hikes in Taxachusetts, his declining to support John Kasich’s anti-union vote, his support for letting taxes be higher on those making over $200K, etc. But Romney’s new comments about the safety net and the minimum wage might even be giving Romney’s fiscal conservative backers pause at this point. The money-worshiping wing of the Republican party just assume anyone wealthy is a fiscal conservative, I guess. But that defies reality, where we know wealthy elites backed Obama heavily and we have wealthy liberal politicians like John Corzine who are very similar to Romney. I suppose these pundits still think they can “hold his feet to the fire” and “drag” Romney to the right. I say a leopard can’t change his spots.
Tricia Erickson’s book “Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters?”, subtitle: Why An Indoctrinated Mormon Must Never Be Elected President of the United States) gives great insight.
Tricia, whose father was a Mormon Bishop (same rank as Romney), was brought up in Mormonism and exposed to many of the more secretive aspects of the Mormon Church.
This book gives Bishop Romney a thorough political vetting.
An email to Hannity/Greta or someone at CNN might be interested in starting the dialogue with We the People.
You might suggest that they interview Tricia Ericson and ask her questions about the book.....They could always give Romney equal time to answer questions about his religios background.....Seems fair and balanced to me.
ontherecord @ foxnews.com
or get on gretawire
Let me see if I understand you correctly. Every other Washington Post poll you view with extreme skepticism, but this one you buy lock, stock and barrel. What can I deduce from that?
To not vote for Romney (should he get the nomination) is to vote for Obama. That is the dilemma.
A local radio station had Ms. Erickson on recently. I’m not sure that any of the big players you mentioned would have the courage, but it’s worth a try.
Good suggestion and I always appreciate your posts.
Romney will be outclassed and outgunned, 100 to 1. Romney cannot win against Obama. His lack of personality and genuine personal appeal will prove me right next November.
I live in central Oklahoma and grew up in NE Oklahoma. I would like to see Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana secede and form a new nation.
You’ve just affirmed my morning prayers. Have asked God to use me....recently questioned that the messages were connecting with anyone. Asked this morning that he’d let me know if this mission that is being pursued was His will.
Praise the Lord and pass the information.
(with apologies to the composer of the original song.)
They MIGHT if we keep contacting them and insist that they do....Or give them your two cents if they ask for money in a mailer or call soliciting.
Yep.. it appears Romney will “win” the GOP nomination and go on to gracefully (and by a landslide margin) lose the election. And the Repub estabs will pat each other and themselves on the back for a job well done.
Well, of course... All you have to do is tell (normal, decent, working, taxpaying) people that Mittens is a self-proclaimed "moderate and progressive" who "doesn't want to go back to Reagan and Bush". Who is going to like him besides the bums, deadbeats, and parasites who comprise the Democrat party base?
“Oh, Im not voting for Romney either way.”
Neither will I. But really, it doesn’t matter one way or the other, because I live in Illinois, and even if I voted for the doofus it wouldn’t make any difference, because the Obastard is going to carry Illinois in a landslide.
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