One in Five Have No Opinion of Romney, Poll Finds
(WASHINGTON) -- A small but definite chunk of Americans don’t know much about Mitt Romney.
Romney’s blank-slate quality was highlighted by the latest swing-state poll, taken by Quinnipiac in Virginia and released Thursday. When asked for their opinions on Romney, a full 21 percent of respondents said they hadn’t heard enough about him to decide.
The same was true last month in Florida and Ohio, where Quinnipiac polls showed 19 and 24 percent, respectively, had no opinion of the man who could move into the White House in January. Even more independents said they had no view -- 24 percent and 28 percent, respectively.
The average person wouldn’t be disappointed if one in five swing-state voters held no opinion of him or her, and perhaps Romney shouldn’t take it so hard, either. But the polls indicate a difference between Romney and Obama, one that should perhaps be obvious.
Obama, having been president for three and a half years, is a known quantity -- in each of those states, all but four percent or fewer had an opinion of him; Romney, less so.
It’s not that people don’t like Romney. He was popular in Virginia (39 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable) and Florida (44 percent favorable, 35 percent unfavorable); in Ohio, he was narrowly unpopular (35 percent favorable, 37 percent unfavorable). It’s just that they haven’t made up their minds.
We shouldn’t read too much into the findings of a single polling agency. Each asks questions differently, and some push respondents to offer an opinion, while some don’t. Quinnipiac doesn’t, meaning higher responses of no opinion. Other pollsters have found more affinity and aversion, where Romney is concerned.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post polling, for instance, found that 14 percent hold no opinion of Romney nationwide. (He’s unpopular, according to ABC’s findings, at 41 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable.) But again, Obama is a known entity, with only three percent expressing no opinion of him.
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