Friday, September 21, 2012
Purple Strategies releases a survey of swing states that has very good news for Barack Obama both in the topline numbers and internals.
Overall, he leads 49%-44% in the swing states, which is a 6% move in his direction since August.
The group also releases stand-alone numbers in six of those states, and there's one negative constant for Mitt Romney: His favorability ratings are underwater -- sometimes by huge margins.
Colorado: Romney favorability, 42%/49% for -7%.
Florida: Romney favorability, 44%/49% for -5%.
Ohio: Romney favorability, 36%/52% for -16%.
Virginia: Romney favorability, 38%/52% for -14%.
North Carolina: Romney favorability, 42%/47% for -5%.
Arizona: Romney favorability, 44%-47% for -3%.
Now, having said that, Barack Obama doesn't have superlative favs, either. In fact, he's underwater in four of those states (Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, and Florida), although by much smaller margins.
Low favorables are the inevitable fruit of a supremely negative, World War I type of campaign.
One P.S. Every single one of those states thinks the country is on the wrong track (by double digits), yet the incumbent is still winning.