Poll: Romney struggles to improve favorability rating
August 2nd, 2012
07:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Romney struggles to improve favorability rating

(CNN) - A new poll released Thursday indicates Mitt Romney's favorability rating dropped slightly in the past month.

According to the Pew Research Center survey, 37% of respondents said they hold a favorable view of the presumptive GOP nominee, compared to 41% in June.

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In its findings, Pew noted that July marked the sixth consecutive month in a row in which more people held an unfavorable view of Romney than a favorable view.

The poll shows that the former Massachusetts governor's rating significantly improved between March and June, when other GOP contenders dropped out of the race and the Republican base united around Romney.

Since then, however, the candidate has struggled to maintain his image, according to the poll, as he battles head-to-head against President Barack Obama's fully-loaded re-election campaign.

Team Obama and national Democrats have hammered Romney this summer over his business background in attacks that include tying him to outsourcing, questioning his financial portfolio and accusing him of being misleading about his departure date as CEO of Bain Capital.

The survey was mostly conducted before Romney took an overseas trip at the end of July. During his three-country tour, he faced criticism for making comments in the United Kingdom and Israel that some groups found offensive.

On the flip side, 50% of voters–the same amount as March–say they hold a favorable view of Obama, while 45% have an unfavorable view.

"Even so, Obama's personal ratings are lower than most presidential candidates in recent elections," the study notes.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted the survey between July 16 and 26, questioning 2,508 adults, including 1,956 registered voters.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Paddy kay

    Romney should release his tax returns from the disputed time at bain plus couples of years.he's not worthy of trust & cannot be trusted either by other countries & allies.he'll be a disgrace to u.s

    August 3, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  2. jake

    Obama's the man! Obama/Biden 2012...go get em guys. Show these nazi republican's just how to do the right thing for EVERYBODY and to stop these job outsourcing supporting elite.

    August 3, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. drjmng

    Obama is a nice guy. Doesn't mean he's a good president.

    August 3, 2012 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  4. Marry

    Romney and “struggles” does not fit into the same sentence! If things do not work out for him he has a big cushion to fall back on. Do you have a cushion like that too when Romney “etch a sketch” makes a big mess of things (…like a new war – this time atomic to satisfy all the GOP chicken-hawks..)? I thought so…

    August 3, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Even the Republicans would rather have a Republican than this clown!

    August 3, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. JimB

    Romney's problem is that he just doesn't seem to tell the truth. He has changed his mind over so many major issues. How can anyone trust this man? He just seems like a used car salesman. It's hard for me to listen to him speak. All he can come up with is ant-Obama comments. I have no idea what he really believes.

    August 3, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. The GOP need to pack up and leave

    The more he talks, the more ridiculous he sounds. People pick up on that.

    August 3, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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