Romney’s favorability rating rises: day 14 Romney’s ray of hope

Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Oct. 23 2012 4:03 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.


Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

14 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Romney: Voters have never really wanted to have a beer with Mitt Romney. But coming out of the debates, Romney has successfully repaired his favorability ratings. About 49 percent of voters now have a favorable opinion of Romney, and about 43 percent have an unfavorable opinion, according to composite data from RealClearPolitics. This new data is a vast improvement over his lowest point in the campaign, in February, when only 33 percent of voters had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had an unfavorable opinion. The debates gave Romney new opportunities to reintroduce himself to the American electorate and rehabilitate his image, and he seems to have succeeded.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University