Another poll indicates positive view of Romney on rise
April 19th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Another poll indicates positive view of Romney on rise

Washington (CNN) – A new national poll offers more evidence that now Mitt Romney's pretty much wrapped up the race for Republican nomination, public opinion of GOP presidential candidate is on the rise. But Romney still lags behind President Barack Obama.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Thursday, 33% see Romney positively, with 36% viewing the former Massachusetts governor in a negative light. That's better than Romney rated the NBC/WSJ March poll, when he had a 28% positive rating and a 39% negative rating.

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A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday also indicated that Romney's popularity is starting to rebound now that the divisiveness of the primaries appears to be all but over.

Forty-four percent of people questioned in the CNN survey said they have a favorable view of the former Massachusetts governor, up 10 points from February, during some of the most heated moments of the GOP primaries and caucuses. Forty-three percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of Romney, down 11 points from February. Thirteen percent were unsure.

Both polls were conducted after former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his bid for the GOP nomination on April 10. Even though former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas continue their long-shot bids for the nomination, Romney is now generally considered the presumptive nominee.

But both polls indicate that while on the rise, Romney's popularity still lags well behind the president's favorable ratings among Americans.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted April 13-17, with 1,000 people nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Yes, May Day, a well known Communist celebration day. Does he have a big military parade scheduled, complete with missiles like his buddy Putin?
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    I suggest that you use that little calendar tool over there on the right and check out the news on May 1, 2011 and the following week.

    April 19, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Independent Voters

    President Obama going to win by a landslide and Romney will be another McCain on the side.
    Romney is the biggest lier and flip flop in politics history.

    April 19, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. paul

    That's because all the crazies are following from the Nugent comment.

    April 19, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Irma in North Carolina

    I wonder what kind of koolaid are these people are drrinking when they want Mitt to be president. Ask Mitt about the time he voted for Brown of Mass and claimed he was living there. I think this ought to be brought out in the open. I think it was on the the daily caller where i seen it. I got the info from face book.

    April 19, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. carlos

    RealityBites you and Truth...are so far out in the stratosphere; reality is something we do not really know what it is...fade away and fast, you will not be missed

    April 19, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    Romney's negatives and dislike for him are still higher at this point than any candidate running for the POTUS. Yes it will flip/flop just like he does in the next few months before election, but even with high dislike numbers do NOT count him out of pulling this thing out. Remember 2000 and now the GOP has MORE money to buy votes.....I don't trust these guys for one minute. Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers will try to buy this election if they can get away with it.

    April 19, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    Marie MD - Sorry CNN, but I don't buy your bs of a poll crap for one moment.
    Women, blacks, Muslims, gays, probably 2/3 of the middle class, all of the poor (except the rednecks because they are too stuoidmto realize thatnthe teapublikan Taliban are rich and they are not and they just want your vote then go back to yourndouble wide) can't stand him andnhis lies andnhismflip flopping.
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    And life goes on in the liberal bubble where reality matters not....

    April 19, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Another poll indicates positive view of Romney on rise !

    I still won't vote for a man who's five sons avoided military service during Americas longest wars.

    April 19, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Blue Collar Worker

    @TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH THE FAKE ONE: Change your name to LIES AND NOTHING BUT LIES. I think you are employed somewhere because you never post after 5:00 pm or on weekends. That means you are a thief stealing time from your employer. Nobody gets as many breaks as the time you spend on this blog, or you are taking government handouts that you accuse others of doing. By the way before you have a hissy fit I am retired and not stealing time from my employee. I don't usually attack people like you do but you are one pathetic screwed up human being.

    April 19, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. carlos

    the mittsy is REALLY a big failure and he walks very funnnnnnnnny not manly.....

    April 19, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Mary Ann

    Until he opens his mouth and says something stupid,again

    April 19, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. carlos

    the mittsy is a complete failure and walks very very funnnnnnnnnnnnny

    April 19, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. carlos

    and the mittsy has changed positions more often than a po no movie queen.......hehehehe

    April 19, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Wow whopping 33% have a positive view while 36% despise him and the remainder simply don't care. What a juggernaut he's building!

    April 19, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney is a star. He has the upside possibility of becoming one of the best American presidents ever. How? By being so perfectly qualified at so exactly a time as when these qualifications are necessary. I am pleased to see the momentum of support for Mitt Romney. He deserves it. America deserves better than having that office become greater than just a political game like it has become.

    April 19, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    BTW fli flopper, there a picture of your Cuban boy on another story that reminds me of Batista, pre casto dictator. The Cubsnx are not going to forget rubio's lies about his family reaching US soil when so manynhave died trying and all had tom leave everything behind so unlike his family.

    April 19, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Of course it is. Duh. Now that the most radicalized of the right wing hivemind whackadoos don't have their chosen candidates to vote for, they'll fall in line and goose-step their way to the polls to vote for "Not-Obama" all day long.

    It's black and white to them...pun intended.

    April 19, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. The Real Truth and Nothing But the Real Truth

    The smell of liberal leftist fear and panic is in the air. You can read it and sense it in all the libtard postings.They are slowly coming to grips with the reality that the four year Obama socialist failure period is quickly coming to an end. And so watch them dig their heels in further and deny reality as it engulfs them. They are panic stricken at the thought that Romney will soon be President and the economy will boom once again and they will be forced to get a job. Such a cruel, cruel world....

    April 19, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Say.
    Wasn't it the Romney 2008 campaign that sent a bunch of left over, half eaten pizzas to the Obama 2008 HQ in Chicago?

    April 19, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Curt

    I'd vote for Romney as soon as he donates some of his millions to useful charities instead of his church, when his 5 sons put their $10 million trust fund on hold and sign up to fight in Afganistan, when his wife gives up one of her Cadillacs and maybe he could donate his multi million dollar home in California to the homeless. What if he was to become President and had a do nothing congress like Obama does, would he be able to turn the economey around?

    April 19, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    carlos wrote:

    the mittsy .... walks very very funnnnnnnnnnnnny
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    I know exactly what you mean.
    When he is on stage on the campaign stump with a mic in his hand, he moves just like C3PO.

    April 19, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. Lolo

    I agree with Carlos. He is too soft, and no backbone. Sayt boo and Mittens will jump out of his skin. This man does not know how to relate to middle class people at all. Never worked a hard day in his life. He needs to tell his sons to do community service besides the Mormon culture. It will do them good, but they are too scared to go around middle class people. I can see them puting their nose up in the air now. You can look at those boys and tell they are soft and wimpy just like Daddy. To use to having things given to them. And please republicans no one is jealous of this man's money. We are tired of him taking our money period.

    April 19, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    even though Romney has some very high negatives with many people, you're still going to have that "I'll hold my nose and vote for him anyway" bunch that will do that because of their dislike for Obama and their desire to have the GOP back in power. The closer the election gets, especially after both conventions the more reliable polls like this will become.

    April 19, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Lolo

    Speaking of Nugent did you see the crowd that was there? Lord help us. The freaks are coming out. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 19, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. gg

    polls are good for the delivery of cable and hydro thats about it

    April 19, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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