47 percent still like Mitt Romney

December 10, 2012

Mitt Romney at a boxing match in Las Vegas this past weekend. (Reuters)

He may have all but disappeared from the national stage, but Mitt Romney has not lost much support since losing the presidential race.

In a new GWU/Politico survey, Romney and his former running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), are both viewed favorably by exactly 47 percent of likely voters. (In this case, that means those likely to vote in the 2014 midterm elections).

Romney's final share of the popular vote was close to 47 percent. Earlier this year, the then-candidate famously told a group of donors that 47 percent of the country would never vote for him because they are too dependent on government services. 

The same poll finds Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is unknown to 36 percent of likely voters; 33 percent view him favorably. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is viewed favorably by 39 percent of likely voters; only 12 percent have never heard of him. Sixty-one percent of likely voters have no idea who Grover Norquist is; only 8 percent view him favorably.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by the Tarrance Group and Lake Research Partners and was taken Dec. 2-6, and has a 3.1 point margin of error.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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