New Polls: Romney’s Libya Comments Did Serious Damage
As we noted yesterday, the latest Pew Research survey found that Mitt Romney’s crass attack on President Obama after the Libyan embassy killings had done Romney serious damage. Now we have two more new polls from Monmouth University and Reuters/Ipsos with similar results: Romney’s Libya Comments Landed With a Thud: Reuters/Ipsos Poll.
(Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was the loser in a political fight over U.S. reaction to attacks last week on American diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.
Four in 10 U.S. voters felt less favorably toward Romney after hearing about his criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of the attacks in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed.
Only 26 percent of the registered voters polled felt worse about Obama after hearing about the Democrat’s comments about the violence in the Middle East, the survey said.
Benjy Sarlin at TPM has info on the Monmouth University poll: Romney’s Libya Response May Have Done Real Damage.
Polls show significant swaths of America are interested in the Mideast attacks and generally unhappy with Romney’s reaction.
A Monmouth Universitysurvey released Monday indicated that 90 percent of respondents were familiar with the crises in Libya and Egypt, including 61 percent who had heard “a lot” about it. Among likely voters, Obama got positive marks for his handling of the situation from 39 percent of respondents and negative marks from 27 percent. But only 25 percent approved of Romney’s behavior during the same period versus 29 percent who disapproved.
“If the past week was Mitt Romney’s opportunity to show how he would handle a foreign crisis, the GOP nominee did not put his best foot forward as far as voters are concerned,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a press release.
These aren’t the only polls that look bad for Mitt Romney, either. The new NBC/WSJ poll is especially dismal:
The new NBC/WSJ poll asks a separate question: Which candidate — Obama or Mitt Romney — is better prepared to lead the country four years from now? On this question, 47 percent of voters pick the president, while 36 percent choose Romney.