Although 40 percent of voters now say they hold a favorable opinion of the former Massachusetts governor — virtually unchanged from May — those holding negative views of him ticked higher in the new survey, from 45 percent to 49 percent.
Meanwhile, President Obama remained in positive territory on that measure, with 53 percent of voters reporting favorable opinions of him. Only 43 percent say they feel unfavorably toward him.
Polls have generally shown a tight contest despite Obama’s consistent edge in popularity.
But a Post survey concluded just as Romney was finishing the GOP primaries showed him gaining ground on the president. His favorability ranking rose to a career high of 41 percent, while for the first time he matched Obama among detractors, with 45 percent viewing each unfavorably.
Romney’s inability to gain on Obama since then may be a sign that his image has been damaged by summer stumbles, including new attention on his tax returns and an overseas trip that included several gaffes.
By then, the public will actually be paying attention to the election, and his "I've told you people everything you need to know" non-responses will strike more and more people as elitist and off-putting.
I would bet "$10,000" on Romney's numbers suffering a notable decline beginning with the first debate.