As you may have read on my Twitter feed, I did an unscientific poll of a handful of Republicans this past Friday night over pints of ale. The consensus was that the Bain attacks on Romney, if anything, make them like Romney more than they did before which was not much.
Now for something more scientific via Rasmussen:
Voters are closely divided over whether Mitt Romney’s business career is a plus or a minus, but most Republicans see it as a plus. Additionally, a plurality of all voters think he would do a better job than President Obama dealing with the economy.
As Saturday’s critical South Carolina Primary approaches, it appears the criticism of Romney by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Governor Rick Perry, in particular, is not resonating with Republican voters nationally. Fifty-five percent (55%) of those voters believe Romney’s record in business is primarily a reason to vote for him versus only 20% who see it as a reason to vote against him.
This presents an interesting problem for Obama as I’m sure he was prepared to pick up the vulture capitalist ball and run with it. Of course, this poll could explain why the President has begun paying lip-service to the idea of merging government departments and cutting government jobs.
And I say “lip-service” because:
Obama’s proposal to merge and reorganize government departments has come under fire from some members of Congress and business groups because it aims initially to cut only 1,000 to 2,000 from the 2.1 million federal workforce, and because these job cuts would be achieved mainly through attrition.
At this point, Romney might be well served to trumpet his Bain days. Damn the
torpedoes consultants, full speed ahead!