Skip to comments.Mitt Romney's Sinking Approval Ratings
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 Romneys 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 unfavorablythats higher than any unfavorability score Obama has received ever.
Needless to say, this is not what you want to hear when youre still busy courting your partys most extremist voters in an effort to nail down the nomination. In fact, Romneys record-low ratings probably have a lot to do with this years extended primary. John McCain, for example, was doing much better at this point in 2008, with a 54-40 approval/disapproval ratingbut he had already won the nomination. According to ABC/Post, Romneys unfavorability score has been exceeded by only one top candidate in 28 years, Hillary Clinton in 2008. Its no accident that the past candidate who actually exceeds Romneys unfavorable is Clinton, who was also still in a highly competitive nomination contest at the end of March.
A big part of Romneys problem, as ABCs Gary Langer explains in his analysis of the new poll, is that core Republican voters dont much like himin sharp contrast to Obama, whose troubles with the Democratic base seem to be over:
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He's probably the only Republican he could beat.
Wait until the real attacks begin.
0bama will be walking on water (again) before the MSM is finished with Romney.
Who “approved” of Romney in the first place?
Oh yea, like Bush 41, Bob Dole and John McCain, real conservatives.
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.
But Romney’s got what voters crave... He’s got electabilitiy
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.
“Who approved of Romney in the first place?”
The elite RINOs and their approval of the money he coughs up for them.
Romney is even less electable than McCain.
Have you seen Idiocracy? Your line sounds like one of the more hilarious ones from that movie.
Romney wins, republicans lose..
Why?... Romney is the new Juan McLaim.. fixin to take a “dive”..
Ya’ll have fun supporting the New Republic now, ya hear?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may not seem like much but the media gets the narrative they need.
he lost to McCain
I’m sorry, but this is BS. Let’s see if the poll sampled 60% Democrats.
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