A new poll shows Mitt Romney has improved his ratings among women, while President Obama has lost ground. Both men now have higher unfavorable ratings than favorable overall.
We won’t know for a while whether the conventions have had any real impact on the overall trajectory of the race. But for now, certain polls are showing some interesting – and, if the numbers are to be believed, startling – fluctuations.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Wednesday showed that Mitt Romney has gained some ground in his overall favorability ratings, while President Obama has lost ground. For a poll taken on the heels of the Republican convention, that’s pretty much to be expected. Raising eyebrows, however, is what’s driving Mr. Romney’s gains – namely, support from women voters.
According to the poll, Romney gained 7 points in favorability among women voters in the week following the GOP convention. Mr. Obama, by contrast, has seen his favorability rating among women fall by 11 points since April.
Overall, both men are now viewed more unfavorably than favorably, with the president’s 47-49 favorable-unfavorable rating still slightly ahead of Romney’s 40-47 percent rating. But Romney’s numbers represent an improvement, while the president’s represent a decline.
Now, obviously, this all may change in the wake of the Democratic convention, which just began Tuesday night.
And the ABC/Post numbers may simply be an aberration. Throughout most of this campaign, Obama has enjoyed a fairly hefty advantage among women – indeed, much of the talk among the chattering class this cycle has been about his deficit among men.