Romney Outpolls Gingrich Among Independents
A not entirely surprising poll result from ABC News:
Gingrich remains underwater in basic favorability, with more Americans seeing him unfavorably than favorably. Romney gets no better than an even split on this measure; Paul, roughly the same.
Nonetheless, this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that Romney’s favorability rating has advanced by 13 points among independents since mid-October; 45 percent now see him favorably, 30 percent unfavorably. That’s improved from a more negative 32-36 percent split on Romney among independents a month and a half ago. Romney’s gained ground among very conservative potential GOP voters as well.
Gingrich, for his part, also has gained slightly among independents, up by 7 points in favorability from mid-November, to 36 percent. But more independents continue to view him unfavorably than favorably, essentially unchanged at 43 percent.
Again, not surprising, but it reinforces the point I’ve made here before about Gingrich’s viability in a General Election. Absent some massive change in public opinion when it comes to Gingrich, if he’s the nominee it’s going to be tough for the GOP to beat a President who people still tend to generally like even if they don’t entirely approve of his job performance.