Mitt Romney's unfavorable rating is up, most Americans think the Republican presidential challenger favors the rich, and the public no longer believes that the economy will get better if Romney is elected, according to a new national poll.When the silver lining for Republicans is that Romney's supporters are actually supporting Romney, you've got a rough three months ahead.
But a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates that Romney's supporters are increasingly getting behind the presumptive GOP nominee.
It all adds up to a seven point advantage for President Barack Obama over the former Massachusetts governor, with 52% of registered voters questioned in the survey saying that they'd vote to re-elect the president and 45% backing Romney.
And they won't get better because the unlikeable Romney is even less liked—from 47-42 last month favorable-unfavorable, to 47-48 this month. This pollster was one of the few that showed Romney above water in his favorables, but no more. Among independents, his unfavorable rating is 52 percent.
Other findings: Sixty-four percent of all Americans, and 68% of independents, think Romney favors the rich over the middle class. And 63% of the public thinks Romney should release more tax returns than he has already made public, a figure which rises to 67% among independents.Ouch, ouch, and more ouch. But hey, more of his supporters support him, so there's that.
And lest you think it's just one poll, check out the latest composite:
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