ABC News Radio(TAMPA, Fla.) — Republicans celebrated the nomination of Mitt Romney as their presidential candidate Tuesday night with funny hats and a determination to defeat President Obama, but their Tampa party was marred by a new poll that found Romney to be the least popular major-party nominee since 1984.
Tuesday night’s nomination brought Romney into the home stretch of the long race to the White House and was a moment to be savored by the candidate and his party. Delegates danced in the aisles at the Tampa Bay Forum between speeches and cheered predictions that Romney was the next president of the United States.
But a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday evening found that Romney has the lowest personal popularity of any major-party nominee in nearly 30 years.
More than half of all respondents, 51 percent, rate Romney “unfavorably,” while only 40 percent rate him “favorably,” a broader concept than simple likeability, which reflects a sense that the candidate understands the problems of average Americans, according to the poll.
No candidate has ever won the general election with such low favorability numbers.