VP announcement comes as Romney’s poll numbers slip
August 11th, 2012
02:41 AM ET
8 years ago

VP announcement comes as Romney’s poll numbers slip

(CNN) - As Mitt Romney prepares to unveil his running mate pick Saturday morning, recent polls show President Barack Obama has expanded his margin over the presumptive GOP nominee.

According to a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday, 52% of registered voters say they would support the president, while 45% are backing Romney.

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In the same survey last month, Obama held a three-point margin over Romney, 49%- 46%, a difference that fell within the survey's sampling error.

The results are in line with three other surveys released in the last two days. CNN's Poll of Polls, which averages the most recent results, indicates Obama is ahead with 49% support, followed by Romney at 43%.

Romney has also been struggling to improve his popularity among voters in recent weeks, with polls showing that the Republican candidate's unfavorability ratings are on the rise.

His unfavorability rating jumped from 42% last month to 48% now. Meanwhile, the president's 56%-42% favorable-unfavorable rating changed little during the same time period, according to the new CNN/ORC International poll.

The former Massachusetts governor has been dogged by attacks from the Obama campaign and its allies this summer over Romney's financial portfolio, as well as his tenure and business record at his former private equity firm, Bain Capital. In turn, the Romney campaign has also engaged in repeated negative attacks against the president.

Starting Saturday, the presumptive GOP nominee will blaze through the battleground states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio on a four-day, high-profile bus tour.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • Mitt Romney
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Palin has some "executive" record while Paul Ryan. It is going to be interesting from here on; the guy just had only one Tea Party moment, and Romney jump for it. No foreign policy at all.

    August 11, 2012 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  2. Sydnium S. Washington

    Don't believe everything that Obama and his crazy gang (they SO need an asylum) says and does.

    August 11, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  3. Franklin

    All i know is that Mitt is on record saying that corporations are people. Mitt's job was to buy corps and, sometimes, overflow them with debt which, in turn, forced the companies into bankruptcy. Thus, killing the corporation. Therefore, based on Mitt's logic, he killed people. I wish he would just come clean about it. I mean, yeah it is great that he has corporations giving him tons of cash, but if corporations are people than he murdered people and should not be eligible to run for the highest office in the land, much less pick a running mate.

    August 11, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  4. Deborah Alfano

    Mitt and Paul have my vote and if one is a fiscal conservative the are the best choice to make in November. Voting for Obama would mean that spending money we do not have would seriously limit our freedom. To borrow from China to pay for all of the big government programs will limit our options and our freedom as we know it today. If we care about our children and grandchildren we will not hang this chain of debt on their necks.

    August 11, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  5. Rogue351

    Really who cares ? A presidential candidate that refuses to be transparent regarding his tax returns just expects people to vote for him on just his word. Now if this is not an elitist mind set I am not sure what is. Either he is hiding something or he is not. If he is not then clear the air, be the bigger person and make the Dems look like liars. Also why is healthcare reform a good thing when it is introduced in Massachusetts but when it is something that could help everyone it is a bad idea ? Last but certainly not least, foreign policy. Something Mitt has yet to grasp, he is not running for president of the world. So either he is ignorant in the ways of diplomacy or he is under the impression that everyone should bow down to him including our allies. I guarantee one of his first order of business is to involve the USA in another war. Why, to fund the military industrial complex, for which I am certain he has many many friends that will stand to make billion from government contracts. And the cost of this will be the lives of more American young people. Mitt is the first to criticize Obama over the economy but what exactly are Mitts plans to make it better ? Loosing federal regulations on banks, the FDA, CDC making even more guns available ? I cannot for one-second understand anyone who would claim the same party that the KKK, and any other white supremacist group claims. Next time you are driving down the freeway take a god look around you. The rich are not putting money in their pockets not their employees. They are buying more expensive cars, building more expensive homes. Trickle down economics is not working. If it was working your children would not have to go into debt for 10 years just to pay for a collage education that might land them a slightly better that minimum wage job. The rich in this country are hoarding wealth. They are setting up charities that in most cases give more money to the managers of the charity that the actual cause. They are hiding money is Swiss bank accounts because they do not believe in the American dollar. But wait Mitt is Mormon and religious. Sure religious people can be trusted, right. Well, just how many religious people have been in the news for stealing from the flock so they can drive a rolls. How many have been convicted of child molestation ? Mitt has not give one single valid reason for wanting to be elected other than he wants Obama out of office. Now is that really a platform for making this country better ? Ousting a sitting president that has not been able to get much done because the GOP refuses to work with him on issues and in most cases refuses to do anything that will benefit the middle class ? Trying to doing something is better than doing nothing at all. But if your look at the stock market as an indicator what Obama has been able to accomplish without the help of the GOP s looking pretty good. Another fantastic group of individuals that claim the Republican party are the baptists. Again who in their right mind would associate themselves with a group of people that protest military funerals, refuse to marry people from their own religion in a Baptist church because of the color of their skin. If for no other reason I will be voting for Obama because I don't want to be even remotely associated with a party that claims the KKK, Arian Brotherhood, NRA, Baptist and 99% of the rich people in this country as members of their party. Wake up, if there is an enemy in our government it the racists, gun loving, god fearing GOP. A party that is bound and determined to return our country to the values they hold dear even if they are backed by hate, racism and money disguised in the American flag. This type of thinking is sounding more and more like the Taliban and not the American I know.

    August 11, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  6. gizmo

    Obama is gonna beat the republicants silly....again! Cant wait for the debates!

    August 11, 2012 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney's poll numbers will continue to drop with a selection of Ryan, a conservative fiscal extremist, who wants to dismantle Medicare.

    August 11, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Rommney hood you are a lier and a theif. $75000 tax write off on a horse could support 3 low in come famlies for a year. But they will still need food stamps to make it through the year. You want to be potus. Your greed will be your down fall. Release the tax returns.

    August 11, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  9. Who Cares

    Odumber.....The most hated man since Jimmy Carter! Odumber....Making Jimmy Carter look real good since 2008!

    August 11, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Louise Shipwash

    I think Romney and Ryan (love that honest man) are a great team,dont know where you get your polls from...Im from a long line of Virginia mostly democrats,but I vote for the person I think is best..no hard decision this election, Obama has got to go,

    August 11, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. lynn dries

    Paul Ryan is going to unite the Country? How out of touch is that?

    August 11, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. anthony76

    Who Cares
    Odumber.....The most hated man since Jimmy Carter! Odumber....Making Jimmy Carter look real good since 2008!


    Facts please?

    August 11, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. John

    Mitt Sucks. He wants to return to W. Bush politics who was the worst job creator in modern history according to wikipedia. Not only that, Bush was an SOB in general and no one should ever vote republican again. Democrat sink too. Vote 3rd party or dont even bother especially if you dont live in a swing state- your vote won't count anyway.

    August 11, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. sanity anyone?

    It's so much fun to read or attempt to decipher the Rush Limbaugh crowd. I come here occasionally for the entertainment.

    August 11, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |