"A POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll reveals the prolonged nominating battle is taking a toll on the GOP candidates ... [Obama] leads Romney by 10 ... and Santorum by 11 ... A third of Americans believe the country is on the right track ... twice the number who believed it in November. Romney is bloodied after nine contests, five of which he has lost. Only 33 percent of independents view him favorably, compared with 51 percent who see him in an unfavorable light. In a head-to-head match-up against Obama among independents, Romney now trails 49 percent to 27 percent. Among Republican voters nationally, Santorum narrowly edges out Romney, 36 percent to 34 percent. Gingrich is a distant third with 13 percent, and Ron Paul gets only 7 percent."Some of this is the drawn out GOP primary and some of it may be the results of the President's new management style in which he fights back against the Republicans. People like a strong president. Also, the Democrats have been quite good at exploiting Romney's various gaffes. Would Romney not have made those gaffes had the primary not been drawn out. Perhaps. But maybe this is simply the public's getting to know you period with Romney, and what they're getting to know isn't making them happy.
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