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ABC News/Washington Post poll offers encouraging news for Romney

by | Sep 5, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Mitt Romney

Always cognizant that any one poll is just one poll, going into this week’s  Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, President Obama has “the lowest pre-convention personal popularity of an incumbent president in ABC News/Washington Post polls since the 1980s,” according to ABC’s Gary Langer.

49% of registered voters rate Obama unfavorably, compared to 47% favorably (which is down 7 points from his peak in April). The difference is explained, Langer writes, by falling numbers among women. Only 46% of women have a favorable opinion of Obama, versus 50% unfavorable. In April Obama’s favorable outmeasured unfavorable 57% to 39% among women.

Langer notes that in a separate ABC/Post poll last week, Obama was ahead of Mitt Romney among women registered voters in vote preference 49%-43%. “In 2008, Obama won women by 13 points, 56-43 percent,” Langer notes.

Mr. Romney’s own favorable/unfavorable numbers improved, reducing Obama’s advantage among registered voters. Romney moved up from 35%/51% to 40%/47%.

Other polls, most recently CNN, however, show President Obama leading among women, so we will have to wait to see whether or not the ABC/Post poll is representative of decreasing support among women.

For Mr. Romney the other important piece of information coming out of the ABC News/Washington Post is that he is solidifying his support among Republicans. “Eighty-nine percent of Republicans now see Romney favorably overall, as do 78 percent of ‘very’ conservatives, both new highs for Romney this cycle,” Langer writes.

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