Poll: Are Obama Bain attacks hurting Romney?
July 23rd, 2012
04:03 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Are Obama Bain attacks hurting Romney?

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign is pointing to a new national poll that suggests the attacks by President Barack Obama's campaign on the GOP challenger's business record are not working.

According to a USA Today/Gallup national survey released Monday, 63% of Americans say Romney's business background, including his years at Bain Capital, the private equity firm he co-founded, would cause him to make good decisions in handling the nation's economy over the next four years, with 29% saying his background would cause him to make bad decisions.

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For more than two months, the Obama campaign has fired away at Romney's business record, highlighting reports that Romney remained CEO of Bain Capital after January 1999, when he has repeatedly said he left to head the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. At the heart of the debate are companies that were acquired by Bain after 1999, which in some cases resulted in jobs being outsourced to countries with lower labor costs. The Obama campaign and a pro-Obama super PAC have hammered Romney in ads for months, labeling him an outsourcer.

The Romney campaign has responded by touting a nonpartisan fact-check by FactCheck.Org have poked holes in the "outsourcer" claims, and recently launched a new offensive accusing the president of outsourcing jobs through his administration's trade policies and loan guarantee program.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released last week indicate that six in ten said Romney's tenure at Bain Capital would not matter to their vote, with 23% saying it would make them less likely to vote for Romney and 14% saying it would make them more likely to vote for the presumptive GOP nominee. The Obama campaign points to polling in some of the battleground states where the spots are running that indicate that Romney's unfavorable rating has edged up.

According to the USA Today/Gallup poll, 54% say Romney has the personality and leadership qualities a president should have, edging up a point from February. Fifty-seven percent say Obama has the personality and leadership qualities needed in a president.

While both campaigns and the independent groups supporting the two candidates have launched a record setting amount of negative ads, the survey indicates that a majority of the public says neither candidate has been attacked unfairly.

According to the poll, Romney has the edge when it comes to being able to "get things done," while the president has a two-to-one advantage over Romney on likeability, and has a double digit lead on the former Massachusetts governor on understanding the problems Americans face on a daily basis.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,030 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Its not about the attacks hurting Mitt! What the attack are meant to do is, show the American people Mitt will not looking out for the American people just the 1 percenters! His being CEO of "Baine Capital" didn't help "ordinary citizens get rich" just the 1 percenters! This is representative of who Mitt will help in this country, when he could have helped the middle class he chose the 1 percent! Now, he wants all Americans to forget about his wealth, taxes, offshore accounts, flip-flops, coporations is people, his approval of Pau Ryans plan that would gu Social Security and Medicare, let the Auto companies fail, let foreclosures bottom out policies that would further hurt this nation! THIS RICH MAN IS NOT WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW!

    July 23, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    That 63% must be in China or either they plan on moving to China.

    July 23, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Taylor

    He is a Business hawk, that don't care who it hurts. Help me undedrstand how his business background will help the American people, this is bull . Yes Ronmey has gotten things done, destorying people lives and sending jobs over sea. Ronmey does not care about the middle man all he cares about lining his pockets. Romney is a rich cat that has many desires and one of his desires is to be President of the United States, and that desires will destroy the country. Romney really don't care about us, he just want to be President just to have that control (just like the 1%). So people you need to look before you leap. Because Romney is in the wrong lane , and he will not be good for modern histroy......

    July 23, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Jon

    LOL ... All you liberals can not get over the fact that the attack ads on Romney is not working ... CNN poll said today that Romney has a 1% lead on Obama after all the $$$ Obama has spent attacking Romney. WIth each Obama attack that backfires on him, he looses ground .... PLease liberals, dont stop attacking, with each attack you loose voters.

    July 23, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Dizzy

    Bain ... what about not releasing his tax returns? Where there's smoke there's fire.

    July 23, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Milton K. Wiah

    You all remembered when George W. Bush, during one interview, said do not MISUNDERESTIMATE me. It was
    a sign which presidency he was bringing to the White House. And he did exactly that. From surplus to deficit,
    4.5 unemployment to 7.6 % unemployment. Even before leaving office, the job market was losing about 800 jobs
    every month.
    This is Mitt Romney again. He has accounts oversea, pays little tax. This man does not need anything(money), he got
    it. He does not care about you. This kind of man does not stand a chance to be prime minister in Europe but
    it possible for him to be president in America.
    Americans are least knowledgeable people I know because many people even do not know who is Mitt Romney
    in that very America. Comes election day, they just go and vote for him because he is a republican leaving behind
    all the things he has done, refused to release his tax returns, many oversea accounts.....

    July 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Carprin Rockville MD

    Lies Damn LIEs and statistics. Polls can be considered in the same way. For a poll to be credible we must first know when it was taken, what was the sample size, what was the demographic Mix, the age Range Mix the regional mix all these factors must be taken in to account when putting together a poll. Unless there is a reasonally mix then the Poll is meaning less. Its hard to tell if the Nain attacks are scoring since no one has voted yet. Those on the Right tout the Polls that favor their guy. Those on the Left do the same. The Washington Times will publish some polls that you wont see any other place Any pol that is favorable to President Obama they bury on page 34. Polls that are unfavorable get to the front page00 above the fold
    Whateve happened to Herman Cain? Wasn't he at the top of the poll at one time?

    July 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. Name bullock

    Us amercian will mock out of presdient obama what happened about obama caught fraud his social security and birth certifacte
    People want to know that presdient obama must keep tell truth to God

    July 23, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Romney is being hurt by hiding his tax returns which will show things about his time at Bain to make people understand what a weasel he is. He is also being hurt by the complete lack of specifics regarding the spending cuts he plans to make up for the loss of revenue from the tax cuts he promises. It's like his healthcare "reform" plan... all of the current benefits except no mention of how he plans to pay the bill. He'll go after Social Security and Medicare because the very wealthy don't need either benefit.

    July 23, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Jon

    The American people understand one thing ... if you want to predict the future, you must use the past ... by using the past to predict the future we know these important facts:

    Unemployment 6.8% when Obama took office ... 8.2% now ... this would mean that Obama would increase unemployment to 9.6% if the past predicts the future

    Gas prices: $1.68 a gallon when Obama took office ... $3.51 now ... this would mean that gas prices would increase under Obama to $5.14 per gallon if the past predicts the future

    Debt – we all know that Obama ... if the past predicts the future ... would increase the national debt by an additional $4 Trillion

    When Obama took office, the Demos and Reps, worked together to get things done ... After Obama pushed through the Obamacare without a final vote ... his bi-partisan BS ... resulted in the worse gridlock ever.

    July 23, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    The problem is not Bain itself. They are a normal middle-of the-line management consultancy. The problem is the total
    ignorance of 63% of the american electorate that think Romney's "management-education" from Bain qualifies him to
    run the economy of the USA. All he learnt in Bain was how to manipulate distressed assets and keep as much of the
    money left for himself and Bain.
    Bain saves distressed companies. If Solyndra had gone to Bain instead of Washington, there would still be a solar panel industry in the US. Instead, 1,200 people are unemployed, the taxpayers are out $500 million and national debt continues it's rise to $20 trillion and Obama has no plan to reverse it. We need someone to actually manage the federal government instead of pillaging the treasury with empty promises. America needs Mitt Romney and fortunate for us he still wants the job.

    July 23, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. GL

    The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 1,030 adults nationwide questioned by telephone.

    No more need to be said. There are 5 people that live in my house and we all have cell phones. And what counts is state by state polling.

    July 23, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    Robmey has one thing going for him that appeals to more people than would admit it..... His skin color. There is a large percentage of people that wouldn't vote for President Obama no matter what. Yet they tell blacks we shouldn't vote for President Obama because he is black, yet so many of them won't for that very same reason. Hypocritical rethuglicans.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 23, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Armando

    it is time we sell the country to the highest bidder. Like people ignore what led the country to the crises. May be Warren Buffet should be president.

    July 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. GL

    Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney's campaign is pointing to a new national poll that suggests the attacks by President Barack Obama's campaign on the GOP challenger's business record are not working.

    Mitt needs to be worried about the state by state polling not the nationa polling. It is really working in my state and that good enough for me. PA is my state and Mitt is losing by 12 points.

    July 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. CanadaONE

    Three years of Ronmey and CHINA WILL OWN YOU

    wages will be $3 per hour
    you will veto UN sanctions against Syria
    you will make the 1% reacher like mitt
    you will have no elections as mitt will own you

    and it is not China's fault – they know a cheap buy when they find one – ask mitt

    July 23, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Jon

    Sorensen – I would not mind if Romney leveraged the USA assets to increase jobs here at home ... What my problem is ... Obama's jobs Czar who happens to be the CEO at GE ... has been closing plants here in the USA, and shipping jobs to China ... Obama has been investing US tax dollars in companies that are found by people that raise money for his campaign ... these companies either outsource jobs or go bankrupt ... or both.

    What we need to do here in the USA is three things:

    1. Retire the national debt
    2. Retire the cronyism that is a part of the current administration
    3. Retire Obama

    If we do these three things in 4 years the USA will have recovered.

    July 23, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. was for obama, now for romney

    Michael .....lets put a poor man in the office of president, a man who has a hard time manageing his own affairs right? is obama rich and romney richer? The fact that you use the phrase 1 percenter means you done share the majority view of americans but a more extreme left ideology. i used too and still do hope obama comes through for us but if he doesnt then my vote will go to romney. give him a go!

    July 23, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. clarke

    To be honest, Mitt is not the man to be President. He is not for ALL the people. That simple, I just hope the average voter sees that.

    July 23, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Name JR

    Mr romney will be about the 50 percenters who actually pay taxes. He will then work on the other 50 to correct their dependency issues. Also bain ads will be short lived as the demos will run out of money. Bankrupt message bankrupt party.

    July 23, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Crooked Bridge

    Nothing better than people who do not understand venture capitalism asserting that one's experience in it equips them to be President. I understand people are desperate, yet the office of the President is not the CEO of the economy, so please stop fantasizing that someone with a business background would be able to come in and run the economy like it is their own business. The President needs to be a leader, communicator and hopefully someone who can propose and argue policies that if implemented can further the greater good, (providing we care or believe in such a thing.)

    July 23, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Tree

    American People looking for a CEO.........vote for Unfit Mitt, because he will continue sending jobs over seas. Mitt know nothing about how its works, all he know is how to make monies for self. His monies is oversea so that in itself tells you something, he thinks like a CEO, talks like a CEO, walks like a CEO so he must be a CEO. We don't need a CEO running the country. He will destroy this country, and would not care as long as he got what he wanted to become President ..............so he can prove to him self he is better than his father. Romney got ISSUES...........

    July 23, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Wilson

    Not really going to hurt him, at least to the thinking, intelligent people. That being said, Romney is not my favorite choice, but he will do a lot less damage than another 4 years of Obama will do.

    July 23, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Like G W BUSH please

    July 23, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Evil Rich White Guy

    Romney is a rich white guy. And we all know that rich white guys are evil and only care about themselves, and other (preferably white) rich people. Everything these evil rich white guys have obtained is ill-gotten; at the expense of some other poor soul. Evil rich white guys, therefore are robbing us (the 99%) of our prosperity. We need to stop them and take back what's rightfully ours. Non-rich white guys, in turn, care about the "workin' man", "wage earners", "middle class families", etc. Time for another occupy rally.

    July 23, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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