Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Romney Rises in Favorability; Obama’s Pushback is Intensity
ABC News ^ | 11-4

Posted on 11/03/2012 10:42:50 PM PDT by Arthurio

After lagging for months at historic lows, Mitt Romney’s personal popularity has advanced in the final weekend to its highest of the 2012 campaign, rivaling Barack Obama’s. But Obama pushes back with greater enthusiasm among his supporters – and the race itself remains a tie.

Fifty-four percent of likely voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll express a favorable opinion of Obama overall, the most basic measure of a public figure’s popularity. Yet 53 percent now see Romney favorably – a majority, remarkably, for the first time.

It’s a dramatic gain for Romney, who emerged from the Republican primaries as the least popular major party candidate in polling back to 1984 and remained there up to the debates. Just 40 percent saw him favorably as recently as late August, and it was essentially no better, 44 percent, after the party conventions.

The presidential debates clearly helped him: Sixty-two percent of likely voters describe Romney’s performance in the debates as a factor in their vote, and those who do so are a broad 23 points more likely to see him favorably overall, 61 percent vs. 38 percent. Substantially fewer cite Obama’s handling of the response to Hurricane Sandy as a factor in their vote, 49 percent.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012polls

1 posted on 11/03/2012 10:42:59 PM PDT by Arthurio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Arthurio

Obama has greater enthusiam among supporters. No way


2 posted on 11/03/2012 10:45:51 PM PDT by zt1053
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio

Obama has greater enthusiam among supporters. No way


3 posted on 11/03/2012 10:46:00 PM PDT by zt1053
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio

Most Obama voters are not going to pay attention to a damn thing throughout his presidency let alone the election cycle. But all the Democrats are going to have to do is a last-minute GOTV push, tell them they have to vote to save Obama, and they’re going to turn registered voters into likely voters. Their attention spans are going to be so small, it’s not helpful to push them until the last minute, so they wouldn’t have shown up in previous polls as likely voters, just registered voters. He’s a celebrity and his sycophants worship him without knowing a thing about him.


4 posted on 11/03/2012 10:47:26 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

Sandy bounce and Chris Christie’s “endorsement” of Obama influenced the Indies.

That bounce probably continues to fade away between now and Tuesday though. Romney should be able to close strong.

It is going to be close, but barring another November Surprise, I think Romney takes it by a slim margin.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 10:49:16 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

Yep, those Obama rally crowds of 25 to 2000 are just bursting with enthusiasm.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 10:50:32 PM PDT by Right Brother
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: zt1053
Obama has greater enthusiam among supporters.

Quite interesting way they stated it though. Either way if they are his "supporters" they are likely going out to vote for him. I suppose the amount of "enthusiam" will depend on how many times each of those supporters vote for him. LOL!

7 posted on 11/03/2012 10:54:14 PM PDT by tsowellfan (KEEP WORKING like we are 10 POINTS DOWN!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: comebacknewt

One Romney ralley in OH on Friday drew more people than three Obama rallies in OH combined. That really sounds like Obama supporters are more enthusiastic.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 10:57:56 PM PDT by zt1053
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

I call total bs. Every polll I’ve seen in the last 6 months indicate Reps are way more likely to vote. This is pure MSM baloney. Are there internals?


9 posted on 11/03/2012 10:59:01 PM PDT by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio
"...Obama pushes back with greater enthusiasm among his supporters..."

I can smell their desperation from here. It absolutely reeks of terror.

Just who do they think they're kidding? They've seen Romney's and Obama's rallies. They know full well that Obama is only pulling about a tenth of the attendance that Romney is, and that Romney's been winning the enthusiasm gap since at least the first debate.

The MSM is thoroughly discredited by their shameless shilling for their plummeting messiah. He's tanking hard, and is about to lose in a landslide, and they know it.

Sweet tears.....sweet tears...

10 posted on 11/03/2012 11:31:38 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

Fear of losing government handouts and freebies can cause a lot of “enthusiam” among the freeloaders.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 11:50:19 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Red Cross says, Vote For Obama!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

“The MSM is thoroughly discredited by their shameless shilling for their plummeting messiah. He’s tanking hard, and is about to lose in a landslide, and they know it.”

The Mediacrats spent 4 years doing everything they could to destroy the Conservative movement. The spiked stories, they outright lied and now they are trying to save face by giving Romney enough platitudes in the event he does win.

Isn’t going to work. America knows what the media did and if Romney wins, the consequences for their first lie will not be pretty.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 12:47:59 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Media goes nuts in 2004 because Bush went to the dentist 20 years ago. Benghazi? Nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: comebacknewt

This isn’t going to be close.


13 posted on 11/04/2012 1:16:08 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Windflier

Mitt Romney was truly tested in the GOP primaries; he stayed steady and resolute. Remembering the FReeper lack of enthusiasm for Mitt and the preference for Palin, Bachman, Perry, Cain, Gingrich and Santorum - it’s heartening to see how conservatives are rallying around Romney to defeat Obama.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 3:14:04 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio
Obama’s Pushback is Intensity

JUMP LIKE YOU MEAN IT!


15 posted on 11/04/2012 3:20:55 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

I agree - I expect voter turnout to mirror rally attendance which will make for a comfortable disposing of Zero.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 4:42:57 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio

If it wasn’t for stupid white guilt ridden liberals and the dishonest unethical media, we wouldn’t be in such a tight race. I pray this isn’t Bush v. Gore all over. We have a very different supreme court. I wouldn’t wish another four years of Obama on my worst enemy. When Romney wins I won’t be gloating. I’ll be on my knees thanking God.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 4:50:12 AM PST by jersey117
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: zt1053
Obama has greater enthusiasm among supporters. No way

ABC News? Consider the source, their bias rivals the NY Times.

18 posted on 11/04/2012 5:01:40 AM PST by BluH2o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: zt1053
Obama has greater enthusiasm among supporters. No way

ABC News? Consider the source, their bias rivals the NY Times.

19 posted on 11/04/2012 5:06:59 AM PST by BluH2o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Arthurio
As if it’s needed, independents – potentially swing voters in national elections – provide a further exclamation point. They now also divide precisely evenly, 46-46 percent. That matches Obama’s best to date among independents, and it’s a new low in this group for Romney, who’d reached 58 percent support among independents just a week and a half ago.

It is troubling to see Romney losing Independents. Maybe it's not 50-50 as this poll would indicate, but he once had a two to one advantage and that has eroded.

It is positive to see that Romney is picking up 97% of his party while Obama is only picking up 93% of his.

We truly are a Balkanized nation. If Obama wins, the Balkanization will be greatly exacerbated. If Romney wins, he will have his work cut out for him to pull the two polar opposite sides together somewhat - if that is even possible at this point.

20 posted on 11/04/2012 5:33:51 AM PST by randita
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle
Remembering the FReeper lack of enthusiasm for Mitt...it’s heartening to see how conservatives are rallying around Romney to defeat Obama.

That's really something, isn't it? The man's name was practically verboten on this site for so long. Folks like me wouldn't have crossed the street to spit on him, yet here I am, very excited about the prospect of him becoming our next president.

One writer said it well yesterday; 'After the first debate, Republicans finally had a reason to vote FOR Romney, and not just AGAINST Obama.'

I'll admit, that was the turning point for me. He sold me on his sincere desire to do what's best for our country. In that debate, he finally became a three dimensional person in my eyes, and convinced me that he's someone I can trust.

Now, I'm still not ready to set my expectations too high for him. I'll be happy if he simply keeps his campaign promises, and governs within the constraints of the Constitution. That'd be a 1,000x improvement over what we've had these last four years.

21 posted on 11/04/2012 7:40:13 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: zt1053

When they say "enthusiasm," they mean thuggery.

22 posted on 11/04/2012 7:52:14 AM PST by rabidralph (I passed Tagline training on the third try. Ask me how!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson