How bad have things gotten for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney? Well, when you support is down to only 40% favorable in your home state, your uphill climb against Newt Gingrich may have become insurmountable.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign troubles appear to have reached into his home state, with Massachusetts voters increasingly turning against him, according to a new UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll.
The poll shows that nearly half of registered voters — 48 percent — now say they have an unfavorable opinion of the former Republican governor. Just 40 percent have a favorable view of Romney.
Those numbers show a marked decline in popularity for Romney in just the last month and a half, while the presidential campaign has been heating up.
A University of Massachusetts at Lowell/Boston Herald poll conducted in late September showed 45 percent of Massachusetts voters had a favorable opinion of Romney, while 43 percent had an unfavorable view. That represents a 10-point drop in Romney’s favorability rating in less than two months.
Romney’s decline in his home state comes as his White House hopes appear to be on the ropes. He is now trailing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich nationally and in a number of key states, with the exception of New Hampshire.
So maybe Romney can still win Massachusetts. But honestly, would that even matter?
Considering this poll, the GOP may as well just close up shop there.