The dark line above is Mitt Romney’s favorability rating (click for an interactive graph at TPM). In the last couple of weeks, the spread between his favorable and unfavorable rate has grown at about a point per day. Even though it looks like he will win in Florida after spending millions more than Gingrich, there’s no doubt that the Republican mudfight has hurt Mitt. The question is whether he can recover. Presidential favorability ratings change for complex reasons revolving around current events and the President’s perceived responsibility for events. Presidential candidates don’t have that power — their only job is to make a good impression on voters — so I don’t know how Mitt is going to dig himself out of this hole.
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