Bad News for Mitt Romney

August 22, 2007 at 3:54 pm 10 comments

A new Rasmussen poll has some news that I am guessing Mitt Romney does not want to hear.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has finally surpassed New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the polls. Unfortunately for Romney, it’s a poll measuring the number of people committing to vote against him.

The Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% of Likely Voters would definitely vote against Romney if he’s on the ballot in 2008. That’s a point higher than the 43% who would definitely vote against Clinton

And the news gets worse for Multiple Choice Mitt.

In terms of partisan reaction, it’s interesting to note that 25% of Republicans say they would definitely vote against Romney while 22% of Democrats would vote against Edwards.

Wow. As Clinton has pointed out, her negative ratings are high after 15 years of vicious attacks from the Republican attack machine. What’s Romney’s excuse?


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Mitt Romney, Politics, Republicans.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. PB and J  |  August 22, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    i think its kinda ridiculous, because althouth romney is similar in stance to the rest of the republicans (which isnt necessarily a good thing, but…), i think the real reason his ratings are negative is because he is mormon.

    we as americans pretend we tolerate religious convictions, but look our take on islam!! look at how the newly elected muslim representative was treated!!! not to mention many other stigmas we attach to people.


  • 2. Bloggernista  |  August 22, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    I agree that we talk out of both sides of our mouthes regarding religion. I think a bigger reason for Mitt’s negative ratings is that he has flip-flopped on more issues faster than pretty much any candidate in recent more. That just makes him seem even more like a cynical politician who tells people whatever they want to hear.

  • 3. BJohnM  |  August 22, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    I must agree with Bloggernista on this one. There is certainly a contingent of Americans that are intolerant about any religion that differs from their own, and a percentage that believe Mormonism to be a cult. However, I think the press and the public have largely given Romney a pass on his religion, but his bona fides as a conservative just don’t hold up. As Bloggernista notes, you could get a head rush trying to follow all the turns Mitt’s made on his positions. He may be the least genuine candidate of them all (and that’s saying something).

  • 4. PB and J  |  August 22, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    i hear yall, but i think there is something deep down inside us that rejects people who we think are different.

    for example, the polls that came out early about would america elect a black man or a woman (eg obama/clinton)most people said they personally didnt have a prob with it, but they believed that the majority of americans would.

    you see, i think there is a perceived reality that we must stand against those who are different from us. and in the end, i think this will carry the day.

    so the question (in the upcoming election) which prejudice will be the strongest, or really, which will be the weakest??


  • 5. Christopher  |  August 23, 2007 at 5:51 am

    Hillary’s high negatives aren’t courtesy of the GOP attack machine.

    Her high negatives have to do with the preception she’s GOP-lite. If you parse the numbers you see Democrats are desperate for someone, anyone else to run for president in 2008. Her 2002 vote to go war in Iraq, her close ties to the military, industrial complex, her support of AIPAC, and now her cheery support of Bush’s Iraq war surge, have turned off many party loyalists.

  • 6. ken  |  August 23, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Perhaps the big irony in all these negative ratings is that Clinton and Romney will face off in the general election. The bigger irony however is Romney with the highest negative rating is going to be the next President of the United States. Just you watch. How is that possible? Well Romney is known as the TURNAROUND candidate. You heard it first here!

  • 7. PB and J  |  August 23, 2007 at 4:40 pm


    that is an interesting take on things. i am not so sure i would count out the “religious right” on not picking Romney as their candidate for the primaries.


  • 8. Bloggernista  |  August 23, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    I am not convinced that Romney or any of the other Republicans are going to be elected president. The party has been damaged by the sheer incompetence of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq will still be a huge issue. While pundits in the traditional media may swoon when Romney is near, I don’t think the same is true of voters.

  • 9. Jay  |  August 23, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    I disagree with Christopher that Hillary’s negatives are high because she’s perceived as “GOP-lite.” In fact, don’t public opinions polls suggest that Americans—somehow or other—view her as the most liberal of the major Democratic candidates? They’re wrong, of course, but that seems to be the perception.

  • 10. Bloggernista  |  August 23, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Clinton has endured more attempts at character assassination than any all of the other candidates in the race combined and she has managed to come out alive. I give her mad props for that.

    Obama is my preferred candidate, but I respect Clinton’s ability and willingness not to give up the fight.


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