Poll: Romney's unfavorability rating on the rise
August 8th, 2012
08:25 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Romney's unfavorability rating on the rise

(CNN) - Less than three months before Election Day, a new poll released Wednesday indicates Mitt Romney is still struggling with favorability ratings.

According to the ABC News/Washington Post survey, 49% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, while 40% see him in a favorable light.

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The poll also shows that Romney's unfavorability rating has increased since May, when 45% had a negative view of the Republican candidate. According to the poll's release, Romney is "laboring under the lowest personal popularity ratings for a presumptive presidential nominee in midsummer election-year polls back to 1984."

Wednesday's results are in line with a Pew Research Center poll from last week, which found Romney's favorability rating had dropped slightly in the past month, with 37% saying they held a positive view of Romney in July, compared to 41% in June.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has higher positive ratings than his Republican challenger in the new ABC News/Washington Post survey, with 53% of Americans saying they view the president favorably, while 43% say they hold an unfavorable opinion.

But among registered voters, Obama's numbers fall to 49% favorable vs. 47% unfavorable. While the number drops, it's still more positive than Romney's score among registered voters: 42% favorable vs. 50% unfavorable.

Obama also has an advantage over Romney among registered independent voters, leading his opponent 46% to 38%.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul downplayed the new results Wednesday morning, predicting the former Massachusetts' governor's ratings will go up as more voters get to know him.

She also pointed to recent polls that give Romney an advantage over the president when voters are asked which candidate would best handle the economy.

In fact, a new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday indicates Romney has a ten point advantage over Obama in the crucial swing state of Colorado on questions about the economy, with voters split in two other battleground states: Virginia and Wisconsin.

"The more people learn about Mitt Romney, the more they are going to like him," Saul said on CNN's "Starting Point." "President Obama has not been able to get the job done, and that's why middle class Americans are suffering so much."

Hitting back, Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on the same program Wednesday that Romney's favorability ratings have "dropped like a hot potato" since the GOP primary season.

"(Saul) is absolutely correct. They are getting to know Mitt Romney and they aren't liking what they're seeing," Cutter said.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone, questioning 1,026 adults between August 1 and August 5. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. DIANA

    Yeah, Rommney's numbers will change once we get to know him. The more the country knows about him the less likely he'll get elected. Where's your taxes Mittens?!

    August 8, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. enuff

    How can anybody get to know him? He hides EVERYTHING! He's not open to people, he won't show his taxes, he bought computers to destroy hard drives so people can't see records, he shredded contracts, he holds secretive meetings with CEOs, his family shows contempt towards other Americans less well off by calling them "you people", he refuses to meet with small store owners but allows his staff to trash their establishments... just how are people supposed to get to know him?

    August 8, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Any pollster can get the desired results. This poll reflects that.

    August 8, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. GOP puts "$" in "chri$tian" since 60% of the GOP believes they should not care for those less fortunate!

    "Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul downplayed the new results Wednesday morning, predicting the former Massachusetts' governor's ratings will go up as more voters get to know him."

    Someone needs to point out to the stupid Saul skirt, that he has been in the news constantly since the last poll, I would say his favorables are going down the more folks know about him, not what she is predicting in her alternate reality.

    August 8, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mormons who lie are destined to go to hell. Mittens must have found a loop hole that allows him to do both. Plutocrats are not our friends.

    August 8, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    what a surprise, espcially when his latest ad which completely misrepresents the Obama work/welfare plan and is called "Pants on fire" by FactCheck. Oh yeah.....FC is probably a "librul, unamurkin" organization that hates conservatives. Is that correct tightie righties?

    August 8, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. bb

    Romney is slowly bleeding in the polls, and yet he still refuses to release his tax returns. Therefore, there must be something in his tax returns that is so damaging and appalling. What is he hiding?

    August 8, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Reggie19

    If you Americans want to keep supporting Obama and his failed policies then do not complain when things gets worse for the country. You would rather lose your job or home than vote against Obama. The only thing that raally bothers me is that the people who voted agianst Obama will have to suffer along with you people who just will not open your eyes and see that he is a total failure. It should be that the people who voted for Obama will be the only ones to suffer with his failed economic policies but I am afraid it will impact on everybody in America. Anyway I hope the sensible American people will vote for the right man in November and that is Romney. Time for Obama to go back to Chicago where he belongs!!!!!!

    August 8, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Louis in Wisc.

    Let's see a CULT leader has an unfavorable rating in the country..MMMMM oh yah let's add a rich guy and his rich friends trying to buy the White House...

    August 8, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Andre

    Don't think there's much to say here. Mitt is handing President Obama a 2nd term on a silver platter. Your best chance is to switch out Mitt at the RNC, but I really doubt that'll happen.

    August 8, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. ghostriter

    WIth like 8% undecided, I think most of the people know Mitt. But what's not to like?

    He's like a 3 card monte guy on the corner. Conservatives will continue to not notice the queen is under the table.

    August 8, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The more we see and hear him, the less we trust and like him.
    His ONLY chance at the presidency has been and continues to be purchasing it, and disenfranchising as many voters as possible.
    President Barack Hussein Obama 2012. Because America deserves the BEST.

    August 8, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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