Mitt Romney Replaces Sarah Palin as America’s Most Hated Politician

A new Pew survey has found that Mitt Romney is so unpopular that he has now replaced Sarah Palin as America’s most hated national political figure.

The Pew Research Center for People and the Press survey revealed that more than half of respondents (52%) hold an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney, and only 37% have a favorable opinion of the Republican nominee. This is the sixth consecutive month that overall opinion of Mitt Romney has been negative. Romney’s unfavorable rating has increased five points in the past month, and has not been lower than 45% since November of 2011.

The high unfavorable rating would be manageable if Romney had an equally high favorable rating. The problem for him is that he doesn’t. The highest Romney’s favorable rating has been is 45%.

To put Romney’s numbers into context, when Sarah Palin hit her initial approval rating low point in March of 2010, she had an identical 37% approval rating and a slightly higher 55% disapproval rating. After her Paul Revere moment, Sarah Palin unfavorable rating was 54%. What should give the Republicans pause is that all of Palin’s unfavorable ratings are either lower than Romney’s or are within a three point margin of error of the man they have pinned their 2012 hopes on.

What should really terrify Republicans is that Romney’s image problem is nearly equal to Sarah Palin’s after her blood libel video. Romney is currently at 37%/52%. After her infamous post Gabby Giffords shooting blood libel video, Palin was at 38%/53%.

Things are even worse for Romney when it is taken into account that as a candidate in 2008, Sarah Palin was much more popular than Mitt Romney. In September of 2008, Palin had a 52% favorable rating. In 2012, Romney has never enjoyed a favorable rating of more than 41%. A Washington Post poll released on the day of the 2008 vice presidential debate found that Sarah Palin still had a net positive favorable rating of (+11). Palin’s favorable rating was 51%, and her unfavorable was 40%.

Alarm bells should be going off at GOP headquarters, because if Romney can’t turn his favorable ratings around, he will join Michael Dukakis and George H.W. Bush as the only two other presidential candidates who went into Election Day with net negative favorable ratings.

Mitt Romney is so disliked that unpopular Republican governors, Tom Corbett, Rick Snyder, and Scott Walker all have higher favorable ratings than the Republican nominee for president.

It seems that while Republicans were doing their best to avoid nominating another Palin, somewhere along the way, Mitt Romney turned in to an even less popular version of Sarah Palin. The British press picked up on this as Romney’s foreign policy tour turned into a gaffe blitzkrieg, and now his approval ratings are also displaying an uncanny resemblance to Sarah Palin.

Unlike Palin who became more disliked as the campaign went along, Romney started out disliked and has seen the rejection grow. Much of the distaste for Romney likely stems from his lack of warmth, charm, and authenticity, but his insistence on secrecy about everything from his policy positions to his tax returns has also earned him a great deal of animosity from voters.

Mitt Romney is Sarah Palin without the personality, and he is now the most hated national political figure in the United States.

51 Replies to “Mitt Romney Replaces Sarah Palin as America’s Most Hated Politician”

  1. Mitt Romney Replaces Sarah Palin as America’s Most Hated Politician

    Seems Willard wasn’t content with simply being Great Britain’s Most Hated Politician . . .


  2. The entire report is that while he is increasingly unpopular with most Americans, Independent voters lean heavily towards voting for Romney, and Republicans are far more invested in this election than Democrats are. There is NO WAY that we can put this in the win column yet.

  3. I’m so high on a prescriptions
    Everybody’s trying to tell me what’s right
    My daddy tried to bore me with a sermon
    But it’s plain to see that won’t comfort me

    Sorry Charlie what’s the question
    I don’t think I have the strength to carry on
    I need a drink and more prescription
    Then I’ll shine and they’ll all see..

    I’m gone, oh my
    better learn how to face it
    I’m gone, oh my
    The devil got a hold of me
    I’m gone, Oh Tampa please call me

    Up in morning can’t look in the mirror
    I’m worn as my toothbrush hanging in the stand
    My face ain’t looking any younger
    No I can see hate has taken a toll on me

    I’m gone, oh my
    Better learn how to face it
    I’m gone, oh my
    The devil got a hold of me
    Tampa never gonna call me

    Can’t spend eternity in this city
    The pills and moose stew choke my thoughts away
    And those young pretty bodies remind me
    I’ll never be what I used to be

    I’m gone, oh my
    Tampa is never going to call me

  4. Ahh! the irony… I just love this Romney hate-fest… the creep needs to move to Alaska and disappear. Unfortunately, Sis Sarah still around stinking up the place…

  5. The polls have the President 10% points ahead of Romney and now we read he is more hated than Palin….great, right? Well, don’t count your chickens…we have to get out and vote…get people registered to vote…and vote in all the Democrats to Senate and house positions…why? I’ll tell you…all the Repubs I know are saying the same thing..they can’t stand Romney, but they are voting for him as the lesser of two evils….that’s right…they hate the President even more…so we must be vigilant in November. Obama/Biden 2012

  6. If this is so, why are so called polls showing that he’s neck to neck with the President? It doesn’t make any sense.


  8. Somewhere in the vastness of the internet I read an opinion of the “presumptive” nominee Rmoney… “I was somewhat along the lines of ‘They picked Rmoney because if he loses it’s not a huge loss for us and if he wins he’s easy to control and manipulate.'” Eh, take it for what it’s worth.

  9. THATS IT…..YOU GOT IT RIGHT…..Repugs are ABSOLUTELY going to try and STEAL this election…

  10. Where did you read that? No where have I heard this and the one thing I have read is that enthusiasm gap is a lot lower for rmoney than President Obama. Maybe wishful thinking on your part?:{

  11. I am not surprised by the content of this article, but by the headline. The poll says nothing about who is ‘hated’. Perhaps some do, I don’t – though I absolutely disapprove of him. This type of heated, and literally hateful, rhetoric is something I would expect from Rush. I am disappointed to see it on this site.

  12. Romney is a TAX DODGER and a DRAFT DODGER.
    FIVE sons and NOT ONE was raised to love America enough to volunteer for the armed forces.
    The Romneys wrap themselves in the American FLAG but NEVER wrap themselves in an American UNIFORM.
    FIVE GENERATIONS of Romneys have REFUSED TO SERVE this Nation.
    (1) GREAT-Grandpa Romney ran to Mexico to dodge American laws, then FLIP-FLOPPED back to America when Mexico got dangerous.
    (2) Daddy Romney NEVER SERVED through WWII and Korea.
    (3) MITTENS Romney used “missionary” deferments to DODGE the Viet Nam draft.
    (4) FIVE sons, and NOT ONE ever wore an AMERICAN UNIFORM.
    The only thing “conservative” about the Romney Family is conserving THEIR OWN BEHINDS.
    Romney has never been engaged in “business”. He was engaged in “finance” and nothing more than that.
    Will Romney support your 2nd Amendment RIGHTS? HAHAHA He will ban them FASTER then Obama. He SIGNED a Weapons Ban that is still in effect in Massachusetts!!!
    GOOGLE “The White Horse Prophecy”. Romney is a mental case.

  13. No difference between Romney(care) and Obama(care), yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  14. In november, a vote for Obamney will be a vote against the USA. It is voting yes to the impending econmic collapse and implosion. Picture the economy collapsing like WTC building 7 – at free fall speed in early January. Food prices sky rocket after the summer drought takes its toll now.

  15. Congratulations to Politicus – you are now successful. The trolls on this thread close to equal the reasonable correspondents who are commenting. Please don’t start responding to them or they will absolutely ruin the place.

  16. Ron Paul was the Republicans best hope, but they and Zio media cheated him and his supporters. That’s fine, I’ll be miving to Brazil very soon. Adios idiots!

  17. Amazing what months and months of (often untruthful) negative propaganda can do to public opinion. It worked with Palin in ’08; it may well work with Romney this year.

  18. The headline of the article equates “holding an ufavorable political view” towards a candidate, in no way equates to hatred. While I want you to know I agree with nearly all your points, I most sincerely congratulate you on excluding the word ‘hate’ from your post. Thanks. I get so tired of reading it.

  19. You folks are so out of touch that it is sad.
    Your polls are fake propaganda like most things done by Obama’s henchmen. Things aren’t better no matter what you want to believe. Even if he is ten points ahead nationally doesn’t matter because it’s a state-by-state election for electoral votes.
    His “you didn’t build that” pretty much finished off his chances for re-election. Whether or not it was taken out of context doesn’t matter. He does not even understand that government is penniless without businesses that provide the jobs. Government awards contract to businesses to build roads and bridges they don’t own any bulldozers or dump trucks. State and local government do own equipment but still award the actually building to businesses. He’s all wet as a president and needs to let someone who wears big boy pants to take over.

  20. Palin didn’t need anyone to spread any negative propaganda. All she needed to do is open her mouth.

  21. “Your polls are fake propaganda like most things done by Obama’s henchmen. Even if he is ten points ahead nationally doesn’t matter because it’s a state-by-state election for electoral votes.”

    Why is it “polls don’t matter” to wingnuts — until they find one that agrees with them?

    “His ‘you didn’t build that’ pretty much finished off his chances for re-election. Whether or not it was taken out of context doesn’t matter.”

    Funny; Willard said pretty much the same thing in Salt Lake City back in 2002, referring to the Olympic athletes he was supposedly paying tribute to . . .

    “He’s all wet as a president and needs to let someone who wears big boy pants to take over.”

    Hm, you may want to ask Osama bin Laden’s opinion on Obama’s “wetness” as President {you may be waiting some time for a response, though.}

    If Mittens has such “big boy pants”, why is he afraid to release his tax returns?


  22. The only people who really think “they you didn’t build that” was really bad are the people who hate him and weren’t going to vote for him anyway. People who like him or are undecided understood what he meant. Romney’s Foreign policy trip, his refusal to release his taxes, his lies about Bain and his lack of real policy should finish him off.

  23. What rights did Obamacare violate? Do you not think people should be made to pay for their own Health care if they can afford it?

  24. Thanks. Like i always say, please don’t feed the trolls, for they will only eat way too much and you will find them floating in your pool…

  25. Going rogue there, hunh Rogue? Well, you didn’t really say much except what we hear from most right-wing propaganda machines. And that’s getting stale, really stale.

    You guys got nothing on your side. Except hatred. Hope that keeps you warm at night.

  26. Was there a logical thread to that? I certainly couldn’t follow one. Are you trying to make a case that Obama is anti-business….or are you saying all “black” people are intellectually inferior? Why don’t you give it a few minutes thought and try again…

  27. Just be glad you don’t have to live in this country as a “black” person. You can’t imagine the pure hate we regularly encounter.

  28. You’d probably consider totally objective reporting of Mitt’s excellent foreign adventure “negative”. Mitt’s problem is Mitt….not the “liberal media”.

  29. Romney??? Come on!!! Really? He’s such a fake joke!! He’s so pompous & full of himself. Not to mention he’s never really held a real job. He has all his fat off shore accounts & won’t release his tax info…..hmmm…why do you suppose that is? He’s not going to care about the average middle class hard working individual! He will be all about his filthy rich friends making sure they get lots of tax breaks!! Come on people-wake up!!

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