Romney’s Response Ad, More Good Romney Poll Numbers

Mitt Romney’s response to Barack Obama’s negative ad.

I like it and hope Romney continues to do this through the campaign. One benefit of Newt Gingrich’s anti-capitalism campaign against Romney is it gave the Romney campaign some practice….

USA Today and Gallup have out a new poll and the headline touts that Americans are more optimistic about the economy. But buried in the article is this:

Since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Romney’s favorable-unfavorable rating has jumped to 50%-41%, his best ever and in the same neighborhood as Obama’s 52%-46% standing. The former Massachusetts governor gets stronger ratings than the president when it comes to handling the economy, the issue likely to drive the campaign.

In the poll, 55% say the economy would get better over the next four years if Romney was elected, compared with 46% who say it would improve if Obama was re-elected. Twenty-seven percent say the economy would get worse in a Romney first term, compared with 37% who say that of an Obama second term.

Also from this new USAT/Gallup poll is the congressional ballot.

Republicans 50%
Democrats 44%

I did not see any head-to-head numbers for Romney/Obama yet. This poll was done May 10-13.

Posted by Dave at 7:58 am
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113 Responses to “Romney’s Response Ad, More Good Romney Poll Numbers”

  1. SusyQue says:

    May the eyes of the media be opened to the truth!

  2. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    They know the truth

    They prefer to lie

  3. SusyQue says:

    Now about Obama’s Teenage Years!
    By Jack Cashill

  4. SusyQue says:

    Michelle Obama’s Hospital Colleague Who Offered Rev.Wright Bribe Gets HHS Grant
    May 14, 2012 09:08 pm | Jeff Dunetz

    Before she became first Lady Michelle Obama was had a $317,000 job as Vice President of the University of Chicago Medical Center. At her job she helped to create a program where the uninsured get sent to a different hospital. Imagine that, while her husband was pushing universal healthcare Michelle was doing her utmost to make sure the poor didn’t come to her hospital.

    It seems as if the FLOTUS got more than a salary for her work denying health care to the poor. According to The Amateur” author Edward Klein, Dr. Eric Whitaker vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center (and member of Obama’s inner circle) was the person who sent the email to a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, offering Wright a bribeto just shut up.
    On an appearance on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Monday, “The Amateur” author Edward Klein revealed the name of a close ally of President Barack Obama that his book alleges offered a $150,000 bribe to Rev. Jeremiah Wright to be quiet until after the 2008 election.

    “Well, what happened is that after ABC’s Brian Ross broadcast the video tapes of the Rev. Wright ‘God damning America’ and slamming whites and slamming Jews and America, he was contacted by one of Obama’s closest personal friends — a guy who travels on Obama’s plane, who plays basketball with him, who goes on vacation with him,” Klein said. “His name is Dr. Eric Whitaker. Dr. Whitaker is the vice president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and he’s a member of Obama’s very tight inner circle. And he sent an email to a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.”
    When Wright refused Whitaker’s offer, Klein said Obama himself personally met with Wright, which supposedly took place after Obama’s March 18, 2008 “race speech,” confirmed by both Wright’s word and the U.S. Secret Service logs.
    Klein also said Wright told him he “made it comfortable” for Obama to accept Christianity without having renounce his “Islamic background,” which Klein said he has on tape.

  5. MD says:

    For those of you that missed the release of the PA poll last night. Fascinating analyis by the team:

  6. Phil says:

    Morning, fellow bigots and homophobes

    I see Obama went off on the “negative media” during a college address yesterday.

    Obama attacking the media as unfair.

    Man, that’s rich.

  7. Justis M. says:

    Obama can’t run on his record, all he can do is offer distractions : attacks on Romney (whether true or not), the “gay” diversion, the “war on women” diversion, etc.

    On his record about all he can do is brag about killing Bin Laden.

    Obama is the arrogant, self- centered, narcistic President this country has ever had. He is also the furthest left politicly- basicly a marxist, re-distributionist,soak the rich economic idiot.

  8. Phil says:

    Should get numbers from Jensen today on North Carolina. Since he’s showing an Obama sweep of battleground states like Iowa and New Hampshire, I think you can project what he has in store for us.

  9. MD says:

    Phil – obama by 3 is my guess.

  10. Bitterlaw says:

    Obama’s religion? ZZzzzzzzz Obama’s college grades? Zzzzzzzzzzz. Gays? Zzzzzzzzzzz. Focus – Jobs Jobs Jobs.

  11. Phil says:

    Ever notice that regardless of the state, Jensen has Obama doing better than other polls with independents?

    Makes you wonder just what Jensen thinks an independent is. In his world, Al Franken is a moderate so who knows.

  12. MD says:

    Yes! Jake has a front page post about our invasion! Mission accomplished. A special thanks to Bitterlaw and Mr. Vito. Go read it. A comments are now to be moderated. Our Job is done

  13. Brandon says:

    No state polls from Rasmussen today.

  14. MD says:

    Now that we have put him into a place of paranoia, we can just forget about him.

  15. MD says:

    Brandon – didn’t see you participate in the invasion. That will be a topic at the next a-hole meeting.

  16. Bitterlaw says:

    Jake was pretty easy to take down. Can you post the link, MD? I am in court. Thank you, brother A-hole.

  17. CAC says:

    Remember Daily Kos gets its PPP poll today on WI. Betting they’ll show “surprising momentum” for Barrett contradicting polls and word on the ground.

    Ill be shocked if Walker is doing great.

  18. MD says:

    Bitter – on the iPhone. Can Phil or Mr. Vito lend a hand?

  19. SusyQue says:


  20. Brandon says:

    Wow Bitter, Susy just took you down.

  21. SusyQue says:

    #21…When is the last time you have posted anything of substance?

  22. MD says:

    Bitter – dont underestimate the importance of the mission. We needed to keep our skills sharp anyway and made a raging lefty lose his mind. A 2fer.

  23. MD says:

    Whoa!! SQ goes after an a-hole directly!

  24. SusyQue says:

    Question…If you “invaded” a particular site…doesn’t that mean a retaliation here on HHR? How does it profit you to create chaos for others and not expect it returned to you?

  25. Bitterlaw says:

    I found the link. He has to moderate comments? We’re the only people who comment on his blog!

    SusyQue- I mix in substance with rapier wit. When is the last time you posted anything other than a cut and paste job or a Biblical reference?

  26. MD says:

    SQ – stay out of my business. You worry about the God stuff and let me handle battle planning. We all have a role to play.

  27. MD says:

    No more posts on his Blog Bitter. We need to find another site to destroy.

  28. Redneckman says:

    Walt, from prior thread, yes I’m from Nebraska.

  29. Bitterlaw says:

    MD- Agreed. He will think he beat us now. It will be awesome when we roar back on June 5th.

    Did you notice that he said Wisconsin is doing better than Illinois – a high tax Dem bastion? He is saying that a state that does everything he wants does worse than wisconsin.

  30. MD says:

    He also deleted our comments. No crudeness at all. Just against free speech I guess.

  31. MD says:

    Futures giving back most of the mornings gains. There really wasn’t much too cheer about. Just a dead cat bounce. We are about half way to the expected correction zone.

  32. SusyQue says:

    #27…Yes, you are often witty….but then, you are often slightly wacky. With you favorite _hole remarks.

    The articles I post have substance for those who are interested.

  33. DW says:

    MD, thanks for posting the results of our PA poll. Great work and expert analysis as always.

  34. MD says:

    34 – I have left you alone for months. I would suggest you do the same with me. I’ll make jason look like an ode to chivalry by comparison.

  35. AuthorLMendez, Libertarian For Romney says:

    >>Those of you who were on here last night might have noticed three piles of talking-point filled trash polluting the comments section, so as a result, I’m putting on comment moderation. I apologize for the delay this’ll cause in getting things published, but it has to be done. <<

    in other words…shut up

  36. MD says:

    DW – it is the team that deserves the credit. Those ladies and gents are tireless. We write the music but they play it.

  37. Phil says:

    So Jake thinks he “was flooded by right wingers” because we are somehow scared about the Wisconsin election.

    I’ll get back to his site on election night. Will have plenty of popcorn. This will be fun.

  38. Barrett says:

    Who is this jake idiot that everyone keeps talking about?

  39. MD says:

    Barrett – go to the link in 32. Read some of his crap. It is comedy gold.

  40. Mr. Vito says:

    Invasion of right wingers? More like invasion of the body snatchers… Where is the evidence of this right-wing invasion?

    Those who were ‘on here’ last night? Where is the evidence that anyone has ever been on that blog?

    harumph… Walt you should delete the two comments he saved… he’ll really look like a jackass.

  41. Barrett says:

    Ah, I see. What an idiot. Guy definitely sounds like a tool.

  42. Barrett says:

    is RetLaw bitterlaw?

  43. EML says:

    So Jake is a 35 year old college student?

  44. DW says:

    Wow – someone at CBS news is going to get fired over getting that poll wrong. Romney up by THREE? In a CBS/NYTimes poll? They are usually the “rescue” poll. Someone else is going to have to step up now and rescue Obama.

  45. SusyQue says:

    #34…Yesterday you said to unite. Hmmm…Why are you responding to what I am posting to Bitter who started this conversation by dissing whatever I post. Please don’t threaten me, I have said nothing to you for you to respond that way.

  46. Transparent Dem Troll says:

    Take it easy on Jake please…he is a rookie here, trying to be the first one to deploy our new strategic plan. He is learning how hard this really is. You should have seen him in training–laughing at Melissa/Dustin getting pummeled here at HHR. He boasted how easy this is and how he was going to school everybody once he got going. He must have watched Chris Mathews on Jeopardy for inspiration.

  47. Mr. Vito says:

    I contacted CBS Polling and they released this memo:

    Our book cooker had a tough night last night. Apparently a bunch of right-wingers invaded his blog, and it kept him busy.

  48. Barrett says:

    He’s not just any college student EML, he has his MASTERS DEGREE.

    Though I’m one to talk – I’m proud to say I graduate with my masters in a week. Though the new job I’m taking on is a second job, and will only supplement my income slightly

  49. Brandon says:

    Why is Susy’s numbering always off?

  50. Justis M. says:

    I expect the media to be in a surly mood tonight. After months of manufactured “GOP War on Women” silliness, a new CBS/NYT poll (!) finds Romney leading Obama 46-44% among woman voters. Mind you, that isn’t GOP woman or even independent women, but ALL women voters.

    More importantly, today’s poll finds a notable shift among women in just the last month. In April, Obama was leading Romney by 6% among women. No other group saw an 8 point shift in their support.- courtesy of big govt(the website)

    guess the war on women, din’t go over so well…

  51. jenny-the conservative movement is dead says:

    will someone please tell john mccain to shut up? he wants romney to support immigration reform. mccain only won 30% of the hispanic vote. it’s not a good issue for republicans.

  52. Barrett says:

    #48 – It would serve you well to train your trolls to be…trollier than thou

  53. Bitterlaw says:

    SSQ takes on 2 Philly A-holes! MD, that kind of boldness is rare indeed. She may be our first female Philly A-hole if she keeps showing this kind of effort.*

    *We almost had a female member but she imploded during the interview process.

  54. Mr. Vito says:

    Immigration? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Jobs. jobs. jobs.

    Bitter trained me well.

  55. AuthorLMendez, Libertarian For Romney says:

    BTW I say tie to a O+3 in the NC PPP poll, +7 to +10 for O in NH PPP poll

  56. Addisonst says:

    I read Jake’s latest blog. Does he seriously think Walker is in trouble?

    Walker now at 75 on intrade btw which in this case probably values the available polling information correctly.

  57. SusyQue says:

    #55…Bitter…let’s just get along….we need all our energy to
    win this election. I readily admit I am the least knowledgeable person on this blog in terms of numbers, polls, and other facets of the election. However, by the grace of God I do know how to pray. So, that’s my responsibility and I do it all the time at home.

  58. Walt says:

    I posted over at J a k e’s but it is “awaiting approval”

    Here is what I wrote”

    How about this for the “reality” of an even field regarding political contributions?
    Political contributions given 1989-2012:

    $602 Million from biggest 20 or so unions
    ($27 MM/yr. avg.)

    money taken from union members (D, R or I) and 90+% given to D candidates

    $12.7 Million from the Koch brothers
    (@ $500K/yr. avg).

    their own money earned from their business endeavors and given to R candidates

    Google it.

    I should have added that union members do not have the freedom–as the Koch brothers rightfully have–to determine which candidates their money is given to.

  59. Walt says:


    Off to do the “people’s business”.

    To meetings I do go.

  60. DrJay says:

    I noticed this tweet from PPP, which was a couple days ago:

    “PublicPolicyPolling ? @ppppolls RIP NCDP”

    Well, doesn’t that sound juicy?

  61. EML says:

    62 – that has to do with the head of the NC Democratic Party resigning then unresigning when his resignation was rejected.

  62. SusyQue says:

    #51…I don’t understand what you mean by “my numbering is always off”

  63. SuzyQ says:

    I want to propose peace, but at the same time I think each and every one of you will burn in hell for using vulgar language

  64. Bobby says:

    Rasmussen –

    Romney trusted more on all 5 major issues.

  65. SuzyQ says:

    I don’t understand why everyone is mean to me. I only judge a man’s qualifications on whether or not he is handsome. I mean, that’s not judgmental at all!

  66. Howard Dean says:

    Update on funding for NC Dem Convention:

    Convention planners are expecting to receive, at most, $4 million from unions this year, less than half of the $8 million contributed by organized labor in 2008, according to a person familiar with the funding strategy who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record about fundraising. The number could eventually be less than $1 million and the Charlotte host committee, the main vehicle for funding the convention, is still short more than $20 million, the person said.

  67. SusyQue says:

    #65…Some impish person has just stolen my moniker on post # 65.
    I would never say what you have written…of course, I realize you are being humorous at my expense…you are also a coward by not
    revealing who you are. Peek-a -boo, I do see you Bitter-Batter.

  68. SuzyQ says:

    We shouldn’t rally the base. Remember, unification is bad. Just look at the Tower of Babel!

    We’re going to have a ONE WORLD government, and god will destroy us!

  69. SuzyQ says:

    I’m not Bitter, I’m SuzyQ

  70. SuzyQ says:

    #71 – His name is Bimbo. That’s the best part of that article

  71. MD says:

    Sorry Bitter, no can do. I prefer to start the meetings with a shot of Grey Goose not prayer.

  72. SuzyQ says:

    I’m not bitter

  73. AuthorLMendez, Libertarian For Romney says:

    Team Obama calling NYT poll bias, you know the one that showed Mitt up 3 even though Dems were oversampled

  74. DrJay says:

    They tried that on gallup in 2010, and gallup told them to go to h3ll.

  75. DrJay says:

    Something tells me CBS/NYT will say ‘thank you, sir, may I have another?’

  76. Howard Dean says:

    I never thought I’d see the day where a leftwing Dem calls a NYT/CBS poll biased.

    Obama is in more trouble than we think.

    He needs a minimum of 200K jobs per month going forward.

    Anyone see that happening?

  77. Phil says:

    When pressed, by Chuck Todd to explain why it was biased, the spokesman said “it was just biased and he didn’t want to bore viewers with the details”


  78. AuthorLMendez, Libertarian For Romney says:

    btw Obama also got caught putting himself in several Presidential bios

  79. Barrett says:

    #79 – I keep seeing 125k, just enough to keep things lousy

  80. DrJay says:

    #80 So what did they choose to bore them with instead?

  81. Howard Dean says:

    They tried that on gallup in 2010, and gallup told them to go to h3ll.


    But it worked this year.

    Just last month. Look at the daily tracker before Axelrod attacked them and look at it after.

  82. Barrett says:

    Chuck Todd is a damn fool. That guy has so much hate and contempt built up inside himself. He’ll never make a sound judgement

  83. AuthorLMendez, Libertarian For Romney says:

    PPP just tweeted that Obama is up 2 in their national polling

  84. DrJay says:

    #84 I’m not seeing anything significant in the trend lines, especially for adult and RV polling.

  85. Tina says:


    The retail sales number was awful.


  86. Tina says:

    That # was probably “up” due to change in gasoline prices.

    We are flat lining.

  87. SusyQue says:

    #72, #73, #75….Liar, liar, pants on fire…repent!

  88. Howard Dean says:

    Comment by DrJay — May 15, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    It went from Mitt +5 4/18-to Obama +7 on 4/21.

    That is a MONSTER turnaround in a few days with nothing significant happening.

    Axelrod attacked their methodology.

  89. DrJay says:

    The fbi considers it a hate crime to profile and stalk someone? the fbi? really?

  90. SusyQue says:

    I feel sorry for Zimmerman…now they want to call it a hate crime.
    Shame on them!

  91. DrJay says:

    #93 a blip… I don’t see evidence of a pattern… just me.

  92. SusyQue says:

    #70…don’t mock. I won’t be around….but you will!

  93. bio mom says:

    The Obama campaign looks sillier and more pathetic by the day. And I don’t think their anti-Romney at Bain ads are going to work that well. Basically, they are giving free advertising to Romney’s business experience at a time when the economy is the crucial issue.

    Axelrod just doesn’t want to let an Obama losing meme take hold because it will depress their turnout. He is refusing to heed James Carville’s warning.

  94. bio mom says:

    Part if gallup’s volatility is the silly way they are doing the head to head matchups. Over 7n days!! Now that is ridiculous. A lot happens over the course of a week.

  95. DrJay says:

    Longer tracking actually reduces volatility from day to day, but it means that a poor sample will skew results longer… perhaps that is what you mean.

  96. MD says:

    Gang, I said this months ago. Obama’s only strategy by definition has to be to DQ Romney. Given Romney’s background that isn’t an easy thing to do.

    This is going to get worse – much, much worse.

  97. Howard Dean says:

    Dr Jay, IDK what Gallup has done with their sampling.

    But that was a 12 pt shift in a few days, which came after Axel’s attack.

    Not a blip or coincidence.


    I don’t see any other time where there was such movement, do you?

  98. DrJay says:

    “I don’t see any other time where there was such movement, do you?”

    Oddly enough, I think that actually increases the likelihood that it was a blip, considering you expect 1 in 20 polls to be bunk.

  99. DW says:

    102…Barone said there is only a 5% chance of a Romney DQ.

  100. bio mom says:

    101 I think the 7 day sample makes it harder to judge trends, which is what I watch the tracking polls for, rather than the absolute numbers.

  101. Regarding who would improve economy … 55 + 46 = 101. Huh? Did a Democrat vote twice?

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  102. #107 – The two positions aren’t mutually exclusive. 2% growth in GDP is technically “growth” – even if it keeps unemployment perpetually at 8% or higher.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  103. pitchaboy says:

    1. Every poll he is losing in is biased.
    2. Ultimate bias will be the country in november when he will be smashed.
    3. Of course the labor department will cook the books but the people wont be fooled.
    4. If PPP has it by 2 Romney is winning by 5.

  104. pitchaboy says:

    Dr. Jay, I havepointed out several months ago here that Obama is the 46 man. That is, his fulcrum is 46 and he dances plus or minus 4 points around it. He will likely end up with 46%.

  105. walt says:

    I am crushed and saddened.

    Snakey Jake has REFUSED to allow my comment I tried to post this a.m.

    What is bad about what I tried to post–copied below?

    How about this for the “reality” of an even field regarding political contributions?
    Political contributions given 1989-2012:

    $602 Million from biggest 20 or so unions
    ($27 MM/yr. avg.)

    money taken from union members (D, R or I) and 90+% given to D candidates
    $12.7 Million from the Koch brothers
    (@ $500K/yr. avg).

    their own money earned from their business endeavors and given to R candidates

    Google it.”

  106. walt says:


    You really did well going toe-to-toe with Bitter and MD. You got some good zingers in that did wound them.

    I would seriously consider nominating you for membership of the HOBOs.

    But since you are already a member of Team Evangelical and have other “qualifying issues” (not being left handed, certain anatomical issues, etc.) that disqualify you from membership I sadly will be unable to nominate you for HOBO probationary status.

  107. download says:

    whats your twitter?