After months of criticism for his supposed likability problem, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is now viewed favorably by a majority of likely voters, according to a Politico/George Washington University poll released on Monday.
In the survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted between Oct. 7 and 11, 51 percent of respondents said they view Romney favorably, and 44 percent said they view him unfavorably. In the spring, as Romney emerged from a bruising GOP primary, his favorability rating was often in the 30s.
The improvement means Romney is closing the likability gap between himself and President Obama. In the Politico/George Washington poll, 53 percent of likely voters had a favorable opinion of Obama, while 45 percent viewed the president unfavorably.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll also published on Monday showed a similarly tight race. That survey gave Obama a 3-point edge among likely voters nationwide, 49 percent to 46 percent—again, within the margin of error.
On managing the economy, the number-one issue in the campaign, Obama led Romney, 48-47.