When his term ended, Governor Mitt Romney slinked out of town as a disappointing loser, his approval rating was only 34% with 65% disapproval and he turned the office over to the Democrats.
People did not like the man.
Romney's ratings slipped that low because he didn't run for reelection. He started campaigning for the presidency and there was talk about him "bad mouthing" the state of Massachusetts, so naturally his poll numbers tanked. If you don't want us, voters thought, we don't want you either.
Right now the approval rating of Mitt's successor, Deval Patrick, are close to where Mitt's were when he left, and half the state -- a very Democratic state -- think Mitt was a better governor.
I'm not saying that I love Mitt or that I'd want him to be president. Like a lot of management guys, he has something of a tin ear where politics is concerned, and I don't think he'll get very far this time.
But there are a lot worse politicians out there (some of whom even I voted for), and I have to wonder how Mitt's critics stack up against him in character, abilities, and accomplishments.
This is from 2005, Romney did not stand a chance for reelection and four months later (after polls like these) he announced that he would not seek it.
Romney predicts ‘landslide’ reelection
Forecast with a catch: That’s if he runs again
By Michael Levenson, Globe Correspondent | August 27, 2005
Despite polls showing him trailing potential Democratic rivals, Governor Mitt Romney is confidently predicting that he would trounce the competition if he decides to run for reelection next year.
‘’Well, I win by a landslide in Massachusetts if I run for reelection. And that’s very possibly what I’m going to do,” Romney said in an interview with Chris Matthews that was televised nationally yesterday on the MSNBC political talk show ‘’Hardball.”
“The Globe survey of 503 adults, published Sunday, found that Reilly was backed by 51 percent of respondents, compared to 38 percent for Romney. In March, a Globe poll showed Reilly with 48 percent and Romney with 41 percent.
The poll also found that, when respondents were asked if Romney should be reelected, 30 percent said he should be reelected, and 51 percent said someone else should be elected.”