Poll: More negative view of GOP, Romney post-election
December 12th, 2012
10:11 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: More negative view of GOP, Romney post-election

(CNN) - A new poll shows the former GOP standard bearer Mitt Romney and the Republican Party's image took a hit after the election.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll conducted one month after Election Day and released Wednesday indicates the GOP's favorable rating slipping with 30% percent of respondents viewing the party favorably, down from 36% before the election. Forty-five percent now view the party unfavorably, up from 43% before the election. Before the election, Romney's favorable rating was at 43%. The number has since dropped to 35%. His unfavorable rating has remained at 44% from before November 6.

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Romney drew negative headlines after the election for a controversial audio recording released of him on a private call with donors. On the call, Romney said President Barack Obama won re-election largely because of election season "gifts" he gave to certain groups, like undocumented immigrants given a chance to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they enter the military or seek higher education.

The poll shows an uptick in positive opinion of President Barack Obama since the election. Fifty-three percent of respondents approve of the job he's doing as president, higher than at any point during the campaign season, and the same percentage reported feeling "optimistic and confident" or "satisfied and hopeful" about the next four years.

The poll also finds that the public overwhelmingly wants the White House and congressional Republicans to reach a deal to avoid the looming fiscal crisis. If lawmakers fail to reach common ground by the year-end deadline, automatic tax rate increases and federal spending cuts will go into effect, potentially dipping the U.S. economy back into a recession.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents characterized the so-called fiscal cliff as a "serious" or "very serious" problem and two-thirds are willing to compromise on tax increases or spending cuts to reach a deal.

Wednesday's poll falls in line with other recent polls suggesting Americans are looking to Washington for a deal to avoid the fiscal crisis.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted from December 6-9 among 1,000 adult respondents. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Fiscal Cliff • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    The party that tried to purchase Democracy (upper case D for a reason), and failed. Thank God.

    December 12, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Expat American

    This is indeed wonderful news!!
    I hope that these approval figures fall even further and further.
    Old Angry White GOP and TEA PARTY Nazis; please don't ever change.
    We love you, and you're beautiful, just the way you are.

    December 12, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Oregon

    It's taken some people awhile to realize what putzes Romney and the 2012 version of the Republican Party were. Post-election behavior by Mitt Romney and his wife have helped people to realize what they always knew in their bones.

    December 12, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. UVA_Fan

    Romney 2016. I don't care if he's VP or at top of the ticket. I hate the racism promoted by the Dems throughout this past campaign. I asked about 20 African American friends and co-workers to give a reason why they were voting for Obama and got nothing more than they thought he was cute or it's only fair that a black man get to be president for another term. No worries about the economy or gas prices or fiscal cliff, etc... Amazing and very sad. Romney was successful and pragmatic, instead we are moving forward with a president who promotes class warfare, thinks national defense is a joke (remember his snide remards in the debate), is completely incapable of compromise and bows to the union leaders.

    December 12, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. MaryM

    2014 is just around the corner. Keep up the obstruction and lies repubs and the GOP will go the way of the dinosaurs soon

    December 12, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Larry L

    The shift in poll numbers reflects the "pretending' Republicans were doing during the election. That clown car full of nut-cases was an embarrassment to the GOP and produced the lesser of 7-8 evils. Romney was a perfectly terrible candidate and now the Monday morning quarterbacks can openly express their contempt for the candidate – and the Republican Platform.

    December 12, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    I am not even surprised by any of these poll questions and levels of responses.
    What i would like to advance based on these results is that a lot of republican voters like the way Obama is handling the fiscal cliff and agree the two key elements taxes and spending.
    It is time for republican in the house to realise that going over the cliff is extremely bad news for another of thier sacred cows defense spending, and believe me a lot of House members are dependent on defense districts for jobs and votes.
    Talking votes it only needs 19 Republicans to join democrats to get the tax item thru the House... I know and so does Boehner the only way Obama gets his side to agree the spending cuts number addition to his plan is agree the tax rate hike or suffer the budget act consequences and there will be no re-instatement of The bush tax cuts for the rich If we go over the cliff.
    Are republicans deaf or cannot read what all the polls tell them we the people want.

    December 12, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  8. Max


    Romney was a sham...he was just rying to be what he was not simply to win the election. All the make-over he had and the etch-a-skech politicies he proposed was simply to make him look genuine. After all that he's just as ingenuine as he was before. Now he can go back to his sinistic life-style, making money by using systemic loop holes and putting American out of work by bankrupting companies.

    Oh! What a SHAME!

    December 12, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. fuzzy math?

    Of course. The republicans define themselves by who they hate. This has been their politics for quite some time. People usually view folks like that in a negative light.

    December 12, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    The GOP is on the fast track to extinction. Guess there is a God...

    December 12, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |

    It still doesn't change the fact that this was not a landslide win, that Obama didn't win based on his record – but by manipulation, and that he has succeeded in dividing this country severly, like no other time in history, and continues to do so. His policies and agenda are very harmful to our nation.

    December 13, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. The Unsub

    I guess you got to blame someone! But the truth is, Romney was a poor choice and was never going to win anyway! And everyone knew it!

    December 13, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  13. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Of course folks have a negative view! Republican billionaires like Adelson tried to buy the presidency; Mittens proved again and again and again that he is hopelessly out of touch with our nation's people and her challenges; GOP governors did their best to suppress the vote; the list goes on and on!

    What's most pathetic is Mittens was the best the GOP could offer – GAG!

    December 13, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  14. Al

    Republicans lost the popular vote 5 out 6 times in the general elections.

    December 13, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  15. scott

    Polls and more polls, I want to see news not a poll on something that is past tense. How is this inportant to the problems of this country. Its at tht point where my phones rings at least 3 to 4 times a week from people taking polls. Enough with the polls. Let have a poll to see how many people are tired of polls. Can someone answer why we take so many polls?

    December 13, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  16. Chris

    The GOP has become the party of the angry, old, anti-everything party. The Just Say No campaign didn't work when it was rolled out to stop the drug problem in this country and it's not helping they economy. They seem hell bent on driving this country into the ground, along with the American people to disparage Obama. They have no flexibility, no compassion, no humanity, no new ideas, no solutions. They stand against the poor, the gays, the Latinos, the women, public education, and all the issues that are important to all these groups. Who are they going to have left to vote for them? They don't seem to care about any of these people and the lives they are destroying, but they sure are concerned about the fetus and they are the party with ethics.They actually seem unhappy if jobs are added and people are finding work, getting paid and getting off unemployment. The economy wouldn't be fixed, but it sure could be in better shape if not for GOP's fear that if the economy improves, they wouldn't get the credit. I'm tired of seeing any hope for my family going down the tubes just so the GOP can rub their hands in glee at the defeat of anything that would help the middle class. And please stop telling me about your Christianity.

    December 13, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |

    2014 comes quickly for them.

    December 13, 2012 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  18. Marie MD

    I believe the slip of the repugs but I don't believe their poll that most Americans would like their taxes raised so that we can save the rich!
    Give me a bfreak! The President has the upper hand and he better use it to slam bonehead and his cronies down which is his mandate!!!

    December 13, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  19. Gregory M. Newbold

    The Republican Party needs to hire me as a consultant. Only the crucible of fire from someone outside it`s ranks will save the Party. Recycling the same people [McCain, Gingrich, Huckabee, Ryan, a Bush] won`t get it done. Neither will recycling the same old tired, disproven policies ["tax cuts for job creators"]. The truth is that the general public does not trust the intellect, morals, or intentions of the GOP. This has come about over a 30 year period; it is NOT a MESSEGING problem.

    Step 1.) Drop the attempt to legislate, particularly by hook or crook – whether the topic is abortion OR Unions. Leave abortion alone. Nobody wants to have one but you won`t stop them. There is no intellectually honest ban that doesn`t criminalize the woman; something you`ll never survive politically.

    2.) Cut spending but start with DEFENSE spending. You can expect support to gore someone else`s ox if you don`t gore your own. [and guess what Republicans, you NEED SUPPORT / CREDIBILTY].

    3.) Cut CORPORATE welfare. The Oil industry doe not need subsidies; surprise, it is mature, stable and obscenly PROFITABLE.

    4.) Stop treating all rich people as savants that are smarter / better/ more righteous than everyone else. A highly paid $900K/ year bond trader IS NOT as socially respectable as a The owner of small business that is bringing an innovative technology to market. A $500K flower store owner isn`t either. Financiers like Mitt Romney are NOT business visionaries like Steve jobs or Bill Gates who truly create jobs. If you want to laud the rich; pick the right ones.

    5.) Stop appealing to the closet racists with your dog whistle speak about black, brown and yellow skinned people; these "traditonals" will likely vote for you anyway over the undeniably MORE diverse Democrats.

    Reach out and I`ll give you the "how" and not just the "what".

    December 13, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. dezep

    Romney was whipped by the "seed of Cain". Justice was rightly done. All is well.

    December 13, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  21. TomInRochNY

    Wow. What a shocker. *end sarcasm.*

    December 13, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  22. Just a thought

    @Free-dumb, aka (Four and the door, maybe???)

    Does this tell ya anything or are you still buried in your faux news idiocy? I'm sure you will blame the president for the general loathing of your party. But instead I would suggest you and your party start using some "good sense". Rationale thought and pragmatism is foreign to the, (as Bobby Jindal said) "THE PARTY OF THE STUPID"

    December 13, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |