Obama’s Unfavorable Numbers Exceed His Favorables

by Katrina Trinko

From the ABC News/Washington Post Poll released yesterday night:

Just 47 percent of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll see Obama favorably overall, down 7 percentage points from his recent peak in April, while 49 percent rate him unfavorably. He’s numerically underwater in this group for the first time since February.

The decline has occurred entirely among women registered voters – from 57-39 percent favorable-unfavorable in April to a numerically negative 46-50 percent now. That’s Obama’s lowest score among women voters – a focus of recent political positioning – in ABC/Post polls since he took office. Unusually, his rating among men, 50-47 percent favorable-unfavorable, is numerically better than it is among women, albeit not by a significant margin.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers have improved, although he still has higher unfavorable numbers than favorable numbers. But his net negative (the difference between his unfavorable and favorable ratings) among registered voters is 5 points now, compared to the 11 points it was in late August.

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