....but Republican voters don't love him, either.
"...The Purple Poll, a survey of 12 swing states produced by the consulting firm Purple Strategies, spots some slight bleeding for Mitt Romney over the last two months of GOP primary season. It's not that he's making himself unacceptable to a general election audience, but Romney's unfavorability rating has crept noticeably in the direction of the 50-percent mark:
Mitt Romney’s position in the Purple Electorate has weakened slightly over the past two months. In September, 32% of Purple state voters had a favorable view, with 39% holding an unfavorable view. Today, his favorability has decreased by 2 points (30%), and his unfavorable level has increased by 6 points (to 45%). …
Data in this survey indicate trouble in the Purple electorate for both Rick Perry and Herman Cain. Asked which GOP candidate they would definitely NOT support, 22% said Perry, and the same percentage said Cain. Just 10% said the same about Romney. Interestingly, among Republicans, just 10% said they would definitely not vote for Romney, compared to 26% who wouldn’t vote for Rick Perry
Republicans may not be wild about Romney, but most evidently don't loathe him the way some hard-core activists do. Romney and Obama are tied at 45 percent in the poll, which still makes Romney the president's most competitive challenger, and he's still leading among independents.Continue Reading
But absent a dramatic improvement in the economy and his own approval ratings, Obama's path to reelection involves driving up his challenger's negatives and then winning a lesser-of-two-bad options comparison. The Obama campaign and the DNC are already grinding away at Romney with a negative message, and the former Massachusetts governor's favorability numbers are headed in the direction Democrats want.
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