Poll: Romney Losing Independents After Florida – support implosion continues
Mitt Romney shall see diminishing returns from negative advertising and his endless lies about his record while his competitors are far more honorable men. As time wears on and voters continue to learn of Romney’s past an see he is not a conservative nor a “trusted” business leader the support shall decline and so shall the votes. Romney received fewer votes than in 2008, a clear sign of internal problems coupled with polls that expose weaknesses across the board. Romney and the pro-Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future spent a $15,389,287 on advertising in Florida. Gingrich and the pro-Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future spent a total of $3,389,805.
The Associated Press reported that 771,842 votes went to Romney, while 531,294 went to Gingrich after all precincts were counted. Which means the Romney campaign and its Super PAC spent $19.94 per vote, while the Gingrich campaign and its Super PAC spent $6.38 per vote.
Santorum is leading in Missouri polls, this too shall take the wind out of Romney’s sails. We can take Romney down just like in 2008. The competition needs to stay negative and focus on his core weaknesses on Romneycare, medicare fraud and the fact he can’t run on his record without exposing more weaknesses.
The Florida primary has exposed some of Mitt Romney’s flaws. Romney appears to be losing ground, especially with independents. The image that Romney has cultivated for years has come under attack and the damage shows in several polls, the New York Times reports.
“In a Washington Post/NBC News poll showed, 49 percent of the respondents nationwide held an unfavorable view of Romney, while only 31 percent had a favorable one,” the Times says.
The same Washington Post/NBC News poll shows Romney’s favorability rating among independents cut in half. It’s now down to 23 percent from a high in the mid-40’s in November.
The monthlong feud with Newt Gingrich has identified clear vulnerabilities for Mr. Romney on issues like his wealth, his work for Bain Capital, a private equity firm, the taxes he pays and his positions on immigration, Medicare and health care.
It also has cost Mr. Romney — at least for now — the generally likable image that he has nurtured for years. In polls during the last several weeks, the number of people who view him favorably has plunged, especially among independent voters who will likely decide the general election later this year.
In one advertisement titled “Blood Money” produced by a “Super PAC” backing Mr. Gingrich, Mr. Romney is accused of having “supervised a company guilty of massive Medicare fraud. That’s a fact.” The ad shows the words “illegal activity” on the screen.
Mr. Obama’s campaign manager made it clear last week that he intends to try and capitalize on the weaknesses.
“As Mitt Romney moves through the Republican primaries, he finds himself in an increasingly weak position among every category of voter critical for a Republican to win the general election,” the campaign manager, Jim Messina, said in a memorandum to reporters. “The bottom line is this: the more voters learn about Romney, the more unfavorably they view him.”
Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich lead the way in states with upcoming primaries, according to The State Column. In Ohio, Gingrich leads with 26 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 25 percent. Santorum is not far behind, with 22 percent, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul has 11 percent. Ohio’s primary election will be held on Super Tuesday, March 6.
Gingrich’s name is not on the ballot in Missouri, where Santorum leads with 45 percent, followed by Romney with 34 percent and Paul with 13 percent. Missouri’s primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, which is the same day of the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses.