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Romney's Rating Takes Huge Jump

18 May 2012

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Mitt Romney's public image appears to be rebounding.

A new Gallup poll finds 50 percent of Americans polled have a "favourable" view of the presumptive Republican nominee—an 11-point jump since February.

According to Gallup, that's the highest favourable rating the poll has recorded since they began tracking opinions about Romney in 2006, reports The Ticket.

Romney's favourable rating is two points lower than that of President Obama—which currently sits at 52 percent. But more Americans view Obama unfavourably: 46 percent, compared to Romney's 41 percent.

Romney's increasing favourable numbers appear to be fuelled by his growing popularity with Republicans and self-described independents. Among Republicans, Romney's favourable number has jumped 22 points since February to 87 percent. Meanwhile, 48 percent of independents view Romney favourably—an 11-point increase since February.

But Romney still lags behind other past party nominees in terms of popularity. John McCain's favourable rating hit 67 percent when he won the GOP nomination in 2008, while George W. Bush's favourable rating was at 63 percent in 2000.

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