ABC News-Washington Post Poll:
- Obama is seen favorably by 53 percent of American adults and unfavorably by 43 percent.
- 40 percent of Americans view Romney favorably while 49 percent unfavorably
- Romney has been "underwater" (more unfavorable than favorable) in 10 consecutive polls this year
- Romney's favorables have ticked up by 7 percentage points this year
- But in the same time his unfavorable score is up more than double that: 18 points
With regard to independents, Romney may be in trouble because Obama's gained back ground he'd lost:
- In late May Obama fell numerically underwater among independents for the first time since December (45-52 percent favorable-unfavorable).
- Now, Obama is back far in front of Romney in this group, largely because of gains among independent women.
- Among all independents, Obama's favorability rating is now 16 points higher than Romney's (53 percent vs. 37 percent)
- Among independents who are registered to vote it is 46 percent favorable for Obama, 38 percent for Romney
"Mitt Romney is laboring under the lowest personal popularity ratings for a presumptive presidential nominee in midsummer election-year polls back to 1984," according to ABC News Pollster Gary Langer.
That would mean he's doing worse than McCain, Kerry, Gore, Dole, GHWB (2nd run) and Dukakis!
You have to go all the way back to Mondale's run against the very popular Ronald Reagan in 1984 to find someone with lower personal popularity ratings at this time in the race!
Seems Mitt is losing traction as he goes.
Also seems his next real chance to shake things up is with his VP choice.
Seems that too will be a no-win: current speculation says that he will probably pick a mainstream dude that the Tea Party and red meat Republicans will find too liberal and independents will find too boring.
One such analysis: http://news.yahoo.com/romneys-vp-pic...ng-white-guy-104000458.html?_esi=1
Seems his best move would be to find an intelligent and engaging conservative female from a battleground state who has the qualifications to be VP, but I can't think of anyone who ticks all those boxes.