The news about Mitt’s favorable ratings does not get better. Andrew Sullivan posted the chart above, which shows that Romney’s aggregate unfavorable rating has risen to a notch above 50 percent. (The big chart shows the trends “smoothed out.” The inset shows the actual data points over time.) Here is the source of the data.
Sullivan wonders if these numbers prove the theory that the more voters get to know Romney, the more they dislike him. If that is so, then the results from the CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac poll of likely voters in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio indicate that Romney has next to no chance to improve his standing with voters before November.
Notice that only 2 percent of the voters said they “Haven’t heard enough” about Pres. Obama to form an opinion, but between 11 percent and 15 percent of voters said they hadn’t heard enough about Romney. If just half those voters — 7 percent of the total — form an unfavorable opinion of Romney over the next two months, that will make his unfavorable rating 49 percent in Florida, 50 percent in Ohio and 54 percent in Pennsylvania.
Here’s the question again: Can Mitt Romney, or any candidate, win office with an unfavorable rating higher than his or her opponents?