Mitt Romney's negative perception among voters keeps on climbing.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll has Romney's unfavorable rating climbing among independent voters to above 50% for the first time ever. Romney is still viewed favorably by 58% of Republicans, but that number is still down after his loss in South Carolina.
Despite the slide, at 58 percent favorable among Republicans, Romney is as well reviewed as is his primary rival: In the new poll, 55 percent of rank-and-file Republicans give Newt Gingrich positive ratings. Some 34 percent view the former speaker unfavorably.
Nor does Gingrich fare better than Romney among independents, with Gingrich’s favorable numbers among independents at a low point back to the fall of 1996.
One reason Romney has been outperforming Gingrich in hypothetical match-ups against President Obama is due to independents. Now, both main Republicans are at a disadvantage.
Obama’s numbers in this poll, conducted Wednesday through Sunday, have tilted positive, both among all Americans (53 percent favorable) and among independents (51 percent favorable). The president’s favorability rating had, for the first time, dipped below the 50-percent mark last fall.