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Mitt Romney's Sinking Approval Ratings
The New Republic ^ | April 2, 2012 | Ed Kilgore

Posted on 04/03/2012 8:56:15 AM PDT by throwback

Last week was a pretty good one for Mitt Romney. He moved ahead of Rick Santorum in the polls in Wisconsin. His lead in national polls of Republicans increased as well. And he continued to get prominent endorsements from star conservatives like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan, indicating a party moving in his direction. But despite all this encouraging news, there was a cloud on Romney’s horizon: his terrible approval ratings.

How terrible? According to a new ABC News-Washington Post survey, only 34 percent of Americans view Romney favorably (“the lowest for any leading presidential candidate in ABC/Post polls in primary seasons since 1984”). And 50 percent of Americans rate Romney unfavorably—that’s higher than any unfavorability score Obama has received ever.

Needless to say, this is not what you want to hear when you’re still busy courting your party’s most extremist voters in an effort to nail down the nomination. In fact, Romney’s record-low ratings probably have a lot to do with this year’s extended primary. John McCain, for example, was doing much better at this point in 2008, with a 54-40 approval/disapproval rating—but he had already won the nomination. According to ABC/Post, Romney’s unfavorability score has been exceeded “by only one top candidate in 28 years, Hillary Clinton in 2008.” It’s no accident that the past candidate who actually exceeds Romney’s unfavorable is Clinton, who was also still in a highly competitive nomination contest at the end of March.

A big part of Romney’s problem, as ABC’s Gary Langer explains in his analysis of the new poll, is that “core Republican voters” don’t much like him—in sharp contrast to Obama, whose troubles with the Democratic base seem to be over:

(Excerpt) Read more at tnr.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: approvalrating; romney; wisconsin
It is The New Republic, but still interesting. The author's saying Romney needs to move left "slowly and carefully". I guess that's why the Party wants this done now, so there's time.
1 posted on 04/03/2012 8:56:19 AM PDT by throwback
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To: throwback
This is exactly why Ubama has been maneuvering to male Myth the GOP nominee for the past three and a half years.

He's probably the only Republican he could beat.

2 posted on 04/03/2012 8:58:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: throwback

Wait until the real attacks begin.

0bama will be walking on water (again) before the MSM is finished with Romney.


3 posted on 04/03/2012 9:00:39 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: throwback

Who “approved” of Romney in the first place?


4 posted on 04/03/2012 9:01:36 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: throwback
“And he continued to get prominent endorsements from star conservatives”

Oh yea, like Bush 41, Bob Dole and John McCain, real conservatives.

5 posted on 04/03/2012 9:01:48 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: throwback

When I heard that he’s building a $30 million house in Malibu, during this run; I knew it was over.

Then lo and behold, it’s the first thing Howard Dean mentions.

I’ll still vote for him of course, but will the so called “independents” in Ohio-Florida vote for him? They will decide this thing. With Romney’s out of touch arrogance of building a super house in a movie star location, during the election of his life; I’m less sure than ever.


6 posted on 04/03/2012 9:03:27 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: throwback

But Romney’s got what voters crave... He’s got electabilitiy


7 posted on 04/03/2012 9:05:41 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: throwback

Mitt Romney is the ONE Republican most likely to lose to Obama in 2012.

It’s amazing that we some how appear to have ended up with him of all people.

I honestly couldn’t have created a worse candidate to run against Obama in November than Romney.


8 posted on 04/03/2012 9:08:16 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

“Who “approved” of Romney in the first place?”

The elite RINOs and their approval of the money he coughs up for them.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 9:09:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Mr. K

lol

Romney is even less electable than McCain.


10 posted on 04/03/2012 9:10:11 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: Mr. K

Have you seen Idiocracy? Your line sounds like one of the more hilarious ones from that movie.


11 posted on 04/03/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: throwback

Romney wins, republicans lose..
Why?... Romney is the new Juan McLaim.. fixin to take a “dive”..


12 posted on 04/03/2012 9:20:34 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: throwback

Ya’ll have fun supporting the New Republic now, ya hear?


13 posted on 04/03/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: throwback

Basic simple reality is that Romney and Gingrich are both capable of beating Obama, the one shot we’ve ever had at losing this thing is Rick Santorum. Getting blown out of a US senate race as a two term incumbent is an astonishing feat, there probably haven’t been more than two or three US politicians in the history of the republic who ever could have managed it.


14 posted on 04/03/2012 9:30:47 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
Who “approved” of Romney in the first place?

The "It's his turn" crowd. Then when they discovered to their horror that the rubes weren't buying it, they doubled down and enlisted the aid of Ann Coulter. And when we still expressed our disgust with Bishop Romney, they told Romney to open his pocketbook to buy a bunch of endorsements.

Still isn't working.

15 posted on 04/03/2012 9:32:24 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I don’t get this. I’m a Newt fan that’s losing hope, but how can you say Romney is less electable than McCain? I can’t think of anyone less electable than one who suspends a campaign months before the election to work on a $700 billion bailout.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 9:33:49 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: throwback
There's no enthusiasm for Romney.

Once again the moronic majority primary voters go with "it's his turn."

It's almost baffling how we get the candidates we get for POTUS, let alone the nominee and the winners.

17 posted on 04/03/2012 9:36:16 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: COBOL2Java

Not to mention the party operatives who have tilted the table in his favor. In Michigan the race was a tie till a late night after the vote rule change handed Romney a two delegate lead.

http://www.rightmichigan.com/story/2012/3/1/163521/7207

It may not seem like much but the media gets the narrative they need.


18 posted on 04/03/2012 9:46:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Dan Nunn

easy.

he lost to McCain


19 posted on 04/03/2012 9:51:06 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: throwback

I’m sorry, but this is BS. Let’s see if the poll sampled 60% Democrats.


20 posted on 04/03/2012 9:51:06 AM PDT by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: throwback

Good work GOPe

You have handed the nomination to the biggest loser possible. Congratulations, we might see Obama and the Democrats win 40 states at this rate.


21 posted on 04/03/2012 9:53:24 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: throwback

Mittens RINOmney was a vapid dork ten years ago.

He remains a vapid dork today.

He will be a vapid dork tomorrow.

The Repulsicans had better ditch this idiot and nominate a real male with real cojones soon.

After all, we’ve had enough of the mutant ninja castrata quota baby currently pretending to be a president.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 9:57:01 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: newzjunkey
It's almost baffling how we get the candidates we get for POTUS, let alone the nominee and the winners.

Who would want the mess not to mention the media's scrutiny? Good men aren't going to step into the sludge so we get those who seek power first and foremost with little regard for the populace.

Obvious not only is the country populace divided, but clearly a demarcation line between Politicians and the Public. "Them" and "Us"....and it's broad and wide.

23 posted on 04/03/2012 9:59:37 AM PDT by caww
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To: newzjunkey
It's almost baffling how we get the candidates we get for POTUS, let alone the nominee and the winners.

Who would want the mess not to mention the media's scrutiny? Good men aren't going to step into the sludge so we get those who seek power first and foremost with little regard for the populace.

Obvious not only is the country populace divided, but clearly a demarcation line between Politicians and the Public. "Them" and "Us"....and it's broad and wide.

24 posted on 04/03/2012 9:59:52 AM PDT by caww
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To: sand lake bar
I’m sorry, but this is BS. Let’s see if the poll sampled 60% Democrats.

I really doubt that the poll is manipulated. Most Republicans do not like Romney - just look at his vote totals in the primaries. Other than the Mormon bloc who is supporting Romney because of his Mormonism, is there any other group of enthusiastic Romney supporters? The low favorability ratings are consistent with simple observations and the incredibly low enthusiasm levels in the Republican Party.

Look at all the "hold my nose and vote for him" sentiments on this forum. By the time the Democrats get done demonizing Romney, half of those people will probably join us that won't vote for Romney for any reason.

25 posted on 04/03/2012 10:23:03 AM PDT by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: Fantasywriter
yeah, that's where it came from - I am trying to purposely make that parallel
26 posted on 04/03/2012 10:33:34 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: newzjunkey

“There’s no enthusiasm for Romney.”

There was little or no enthusiasm for Nixon in either 1968 or 1972 either. However, the prospect for many voters of avoiding two dyed-in-the-wool socialists like Humphrey and McGovern led to Nixon’s victories (and a landslide in 1972).


27 posted on 04/03/2012 10:41:51 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: Mr. K

That movie is hilarious. Thanks for reminding me of the ‘Brawndo has what plants crave’ scene. It’s my favorite.

If Romney’s unfavorables are low now, wait till Axelrod is done w him. His own mother probably won’t end up voting for him. If he’s the nominee...thank you very much, GOP. You pushed a loser and the country will pay dearly.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 10:43:35 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: CommerceComet

Why should we accept this poll when we know the way the WP polling system works?

I am one of those conservative Republicans who will enthusiastically support Mitt if he’s the nominee.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 10:46:41 AM PDT by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

That would make Newt and Santorum worse candidates than Romney.

The reality is that the vote was split between Hucksters then and Santorum/Newt voters now.


30 posted on 04/03/2012 11:22:44 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Support the NRA!)
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To: sand lake bar
I am one of those conservative Republicans who will enthusiastically support Mitt if he’s the nominee.

I have a hard time believing that any conservative can enthusiastically support Romney. Can you name one conservative political position that Romney has taken? If you fudge every action the man has taken, you might claim he is a moderate. If you're honest, you have to conclude that he is the most liberal Republican since Nelson Rockefeller to a major candidate.

If conservatives claims that "they'll hold their nose and vote for Romney", I don't agree but at least, they have their eyes open.

As for me and my household, we won't vote for Romney. Personally, I won't be part of surrendering the conservative movement to the GOP-E. A 10% improvement over Obama is not worth destroying the conservative wing of the Republican Party. The moderates in the Republican Party have forced Dole and McCain on us but Romney is infinitely worse. During the Reagan Revoluation, Dole and McCain were in the trenches fighting for the Gipper, even if their hearts weren't entirely in it. Where was Romney? By his own admission, he was at best AWOL and most likely was fighting on the other side.

31 posted on 04/03/2012 11:25:19 AM PDT by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: Dan Nunn
Santorum is obviously a worse candidate than Romney, that's just a fact.

And Newt just had to much baggage to overcome for most people.

But in the end, all that matters is ... we are going to choose as our nominee, the person that lost badly to the person that lost badly to Obama.

Which in my book is a recipe for disaster.

32 posted on 04/03/2012 11:26:46 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
"Who “approved” of Romney in the first place?"

The Vichy Republicans who play along with the Fascist Democrat party and don't even want to challenge Fascist rule. How else can you explain decade after decade of democrat control of Congress with only the Newt counter attack as an exception?

Just like France after the Nazi invasion, the Vichy want a share of control over the little things, the trappings and benefits of power for themselves, and otherwise have no intention of resisting the Fascists other than to occasionally make a problem in order to dicker over the details of the Vichy share at the graft trough.

33 posted on 04/03/2012 12:09:41 PM PDT by Rashputin (Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
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To: CommerceComet

I could respond to your question, but what’s the point? My enthusiasm comes not from Romney, but from the fact that Obama is the most dangerous person who’s ever sat in the White House. As Palin suggested today, Mitt would be “infinitely” better than Obama.


34 posted on 04/03/2012 12:50:07 PM PDT by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: throwback
Vet the media:

Kilgore, Ed

35 posted on 04/03/2012 2:46:05 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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