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Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:16 PM

Romney least liked candidate in recent history? Polling numbers say no

Mitt Romney has far less of a gap to overcome in the important measure of favorability than several candidates who went on to win. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Image

You might think by some of the headlines that Mitt Romney is viewed less favorably by Americans than Kristen Stewart. Indeed, much has been made about how Romney is the least likeable Republican nominee in the "modern era". But just how unpopular is Mitt Romney? The answer it turns out is actually far more murky than you might think.

Mitt Romney has a net favorable (favorable - unfavorable) rating anywhere from -9 to +12 depending on which July poll you examine.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/28/mitt-romney-unliked-history-numbers

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Reply Romney least liked candidate in recent history? Polling numbers say no (Original post)
Seedersandleechers Jul 2012 OP
Autumn Jul 2012 #1
Control-Z Jul 2012 #3
JI7 Jul 2012 #2
ProSense Jul 2012 #4
abolugi Jul 2012 #5
spanone Jul 2012 #6
ProSense Jul 2012 #7
ProSense Jul 2012 #8
eppur_se_muova Jul 2012 #9

Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:21 PM

1. Fuck Mitt Romney n/t

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:27 PM

3. Yup.

Fuck Romney,

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:27 PM

2. what would the numbers be if they did to him what they did to Gore Kerry and other Dems

i'm especially disgusted with the difference in reporting of swift boat assholes and Bain. the whore media had the swift boat lying thugs on everyday. making it seem like it was somr eal news story .

with Gore they played up anything the republicans attacked him for like stupid shit like earth tones and reinventing himself.compare that with how many times Romney tried to appeal to various people, his latest is that he is a brit isn't it ?

i hate the fucking media whores.

yesterday CNN had some stupid grahpic asking if OBama was running scared or something because of Romney's trip. like WTF ? so instead of just showing us Romney on his trip they are trying to make news. because they know what the result would be if they just showed him as he is.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 10:27 PM

4. What the

hell kind of idiotic spin is this:

Americans aren't actually much fonder of President Barack Obama. He has a net favorable ranging from -3 to +9.5, which averages out to a net favorable of 1.9 percentage points. He has a higher net favorable than Romney in 6 out of 9 of the polls which aimed to measure favorability in July. Americans view Obama more favorably than they do Romney, but not by a great margin.

Then why is there a belief that Obama is so much better liked than Romney?

First, Romney's long-standing low favorability has probably seeped into the the pundit consciousness in many cases. If you look at any chart of favorability, you'll see that Romney has been forced to climb out of a cellar of favorability since his bruising primary campaign.

Second, the greatest favorability gaps in favor of Obama are occurring among outfits with the greatest audiences. Gallup and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal were the only polls where Romney's net favorability trailed Obama's by double-digits. Both Gallup and NBC News lasered in on this difference in recent write-ups, and Gallup argued that this was the reason Romney was behind. Interestingly, NBC News' state polling partner Marist actually had Romney's net favorable 1 point higher than Obama's.


Maybe the belief that he's liked more is because he's ahead?

If the President's favorability is 49 to 56 percent and Romney's is 30 to 35 percent, then Romney sucks.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:12 PM

5. Well

if his numbers don't drop like a rock after 3 disastrous weeks, I wont know what to think of the American public.
He is an absolute embarrassment and the whole world is laughing at this fool!!

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:18 PM

6. this speaks to how fucked up america is.

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:32 PM

7. Obama Has Big Likability Edge Over Romney

May poll:

Obama Has Big Likability Edge Over Romney
Nearly twice as many say Obama, rather than Romney, is more likable

PRINCETON, NJ -- Registered voters are nearly twice as likely to say Barack Obama, rather than Mitt Romney, is the more likable of the two presidential candidates. Obama's 60% to 31% advantage on this characteristic is the largest for either candidate on five separate dimensions tested in a May 1-2 USA Today/Gallup poll.

- more-

http://www.gallup.com/poll/154547/Obama-Big-Likability-Edge-Romney.aspx


July poll:

Americans overwhelmingly continue to believe Obama is the more likable of the two candidates, by 60% to 30%, a gap basically unchanged from earlier this year.

The differences are smaller when Americans say whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of each candidate individually, though Obama still owns a significant advantage. In two Gallup polls conducted this month, an average of 54% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Obama, while 44% have an unfavorable view. In contrast, Romney's views average out slightly more negative (47%) than positive (43%) in the same two polls.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/156134/Obama-Character-Edge-Offsets-Romney-Economic-Advantage.aspx


The piece in the OP also confuses likeable with favorable/unfavorable.

NBC/WSJ has Obama's favorable rating at 49 percent and Romney's at 35 percent.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/24/12933159-nbcwsj-poll-negative-campaign-takes-toll-on-candidates-obama-up-six-points

George Bush and John Kerry are again deadlocked, 45% Bush � 45% Kerry, among likely voters in the three-way race, as they head into tonight's town hall meeting, according to a TIME Poll taken Oct. 6-7. Nader is down to 3%.

On being "likeable," a key strength for Bush in 2000, Bush now trails Kerry, 70% - 65%. (Bush had a slight 4 point lead on likeability before the debate.) Bush still leads Kerry by a wide margin, 81% - 42% on "sticking to his positions."

http://www.time.com/time/press_releases/article/0,8599,712673,00.html#ixzz21yjytlt7


"Romney least liked candidate in recent history?"

Yes. Can you think of any other candidate whose likeable rating fell to 30 percent?

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Response to ProSense (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 28, 2012, 11:45 PM

8. April, WaPo-ABC poll

In April, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found an even larger gap, with 64 percent of those surveyed describing Obama as the friendlier, more likable candidate, and only 26 percent saying that about Romney.

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2018799201_likability29.html


Damn, 30 percent is an improvement (different poll, but still).

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Response to Seedersandleechers (Original post)

Sun Jul 29, 2012, 02:44 AM

9. He's got 3 1/2 months to go -- he can do it ! nt

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