It’s not uncommon for elections to be characterized as a choice between the lesser of two evils. That seems to be holding true as a new poll shows a grim glance at how President Barack Obama‘s and Mitt Romney‘s campaigns are viewed. In Obama’s case, poorly. In Romney’s, even more so.
Only 38 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll said they had a favorable opinion of the way he’s running his campaign, with 49 percent expressing an unfavorable view. Obama’s number’s aren’t much better: 46 percent favorable versus 45 percent favorable. Nine percent were undecided, and in Romney’s case that number shifted to 14 percent.
The difference, according to the poll, lies in the candidates’ respective core groups:
Seventy-five percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Obama’s campaign management; fewer Republicans, 66 percent, rate Romney’s efforts positively. And that gap widens by strength of sentiment: Fortythree percent of Democrats hold a “strongly” favorable opinion of Obama’s campaign efforts. Many fewer Republicans, 28 percent, see Romney’s work on his campaign strongly favorably.
When it comes to independents, “47 percent rate Obama’s campaign positively, as do 41 percent for Romney’s, with more undecided, rather than negative, on Romney.”
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