Pew Research is out with a new poll showing President Obama is leading by an impressive 10 point margin. According to the poll, it is 51 percent Obama compared to 41 percent Mitt Romney. This is a three point improvement since their last poll and the best performance for Obama since March.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the poll are the favorability numbers. Obama’s favorability rating is just barely net positive, 50 percent have a favorable view compared to 45 percent unfavorable. That is low by historic standards. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush had higher ratings right before their re-election,
Yet the weakness of Obama’s favorability rating is nothing compared to the terrible shape Romney’s favorability rating is in. It is unbelievably bad with only 37 percent holding a favorable opinion of him compared to 52 percent who view him unfavorably. Every major candidate in the past six elections has had a substantially higher favorable number at this point in the election than Romney has now. From Pew:
While there is still plenty of time for public opinion to shift before the election, currently Romney has a serious image problem. Convincing a majority of people to vote for him is not going to be easy when a majority hold an unfavorable opinion of him.