What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?
October 1st, 2012
04:53 PM ET

What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Here's something that ought to give Camp Romney heartburn.

There's a poll out that finds the Republican candidate for president, Mitt Romney, is less popular than George W. Bush.

This Bloomberg News survey shows the former president with a favorability rating of 46% compared to 43% for Romney.

Bush gets an unfavorable rating of 49%. Romney gets 50%.

Bush's favorables are also higher than Joe Biden, Paul Ryan and the Republican Party.

It's well-known that Romney's favorability numbers are lower than President Obama's. Many believe Romney - the mega-rich businessman who once tied his family dog to the roof of his car - just can't connect with a lot of voters; but less popular than George W. Bush?

For starters Romney and his campaign have done everything in their power to try to make Americans forget about George W. Bush and his eight years in office. Romney avoids mentioning the former president's name, and Bush was nowhere to be seen at the GOP Convention in Tampa.

That's because for many Americans Bush's presidency brings back bad memories of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the dismal response of the federal government to Hurricane Katrina, the conditions that allowed the financial crisis of 2008 to happen and on and on.

Just a few months ago a CNN/ORC Poll found Bush to be the least popular living ex-president.

But somehow he still gets higher favorable ratings than the Republican who wants to be president.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Jayne in NH

    It means he ought to be looking at real estate in the Cayman Islands so he can winter with his money. He's not going to have anything else to do.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  2. Peg in NY

    It means he's toast.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  3. lou

    Apparently it means that almost half the country will vote for anyone the Republicans force apon them, even if his platform, his history, and the very words that come out of his own mouth show he will not be representing their best interests.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  4. Frances

    It means that, Mitt is not fit to be President.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  5. Rich McKinney, Texas

    It means the man is going to have a hard time getting elected is what it means. Romney has more then his lack of personality going against him. He also happens to be a republican. Had he run as an independent instead he would have had a better chance. People do not really care for Obama all that much but if the only other choice is Romney then Obamas is going to be re-elected.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  6. jimmy in greenville, nc

    Jack, I just do not believe that he is. How's that?

    October 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Gary H. Boyd

    It means very little since, unpopular as he may have been, George W. Bush won 2 terms in office. Popularity is a fleeting thing Jack. Here today, gone tomorrow. Romney's off to a very rocky start and is unpopular with, by his own admission, 47% of voters. That leaves 53% who will determine the next president.

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  8. Wilhelm in Las Vegas

    hopefully it means he will LOSE. this guy and his wingman Paul Ryan BOTH come across as complete PHONIES.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  9. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Who CARES?! This guy isn't fit to be President. I'm not Republican by any means, but SERIOUSLY?! This bimbo is your pick?? Do you learn NOTHING?!

    October 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Tonybottomline

    Nothing: It's all about the popularity of the incumbent, Obama.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  11. Mark from New Jersey

    If we're lucky, and there still is a drop of brains and discretion in the electorate, it means that he will lose. As damaging as W. was to this country, some thought he was a "good guy". About 60% of us have figured out that Romney is anything but a good guy, as if that were enough to be president.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
  12. calaurore9

    It means that people may be ready to fire Obama. But, they aren't ready to hire Romney. Like Bush, though, he could still win.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    October 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Linda, St. Louis

    Hopefully it means that people see Mitt for exactly who he is; an ambitious man whose sole goal is to be president. A man who has expressly stated that he is not concerned about 1/2 of the American people. A man who stands for nothing. A man who is not fit for the presidency.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  14. Pat

    It means that those who donated to his campaign wasted big bucks.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Pat

    Oh dear, it means the GOP is in trouble if Romney's their best!

    October 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  16. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    It means Mittens doesn't stand a snow balls chance in November. Bush won in 2004 on the scare factor. Mittens is just plain scary.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. KB and JB in central Florida

    First of all, why the presumption that he "is" less popular than George Bush? The current admin. has done nothing much but "blame Bush" for things real and imagined since taking office...and as is coming out more and more, the current admin. seems to be polishing it's "adjustment of the truth" constantly. Are we supposed to use that for a meter of judging Romney's popularity? I don't think so.
    If talking about "polls"..all those polls are based on "select groups of people" and obviously can be manipulated by both sides if they choose to do so ...if you poll 1000 Democrats that are "for" Obama, you're going to get a positive poll for Obama. If you poll 1000 Republicans that are "for" Romney, you get a positive poll for Romney. I read on some news website (not CNN and not Fox) that the current administration's "people" were challenging some Gallup Poll figures they "didn't like." So what else is new.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  18. David of Alexandria, VA

    Nothing, Jack. . Bush was unpopular. because of what he did and how he did it. MItt Romney has not become popular because he has a less warm personality than Obama. "Popular" does not get you squat in terms of performance. We got popular in 2008 and look where that has got us - not very far. If anything, this this is not the time for us to pick a president on the basis of something as shallow as "popular." This is the time to get someone in the White House who can get things done collaboratively and get the economy moving again. And some of that may not be popular

    October 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It means he'll lose the election, and here's why: A conservative, a moderate, and a liberal walk into a bar. Bartender says, "Hello, Mr. Romney."

    October 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  20. Charles

    George W. Bush didn't know the 47% existed. Mitt Romney knows they exist but he doesn't care.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  21. Gary in San Jose, California

    It means Romney's campaign is doomed. With only a month to go he needs a miracle but he'll probably just put his foot in his mouth again during the debates.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  22. Robert In Melbourne

    Great question Jack! Let’s ask why Romney is so incompetent in spite of being a very successful Governor and Businessman. Heaven forbid we actually take seriously the first amendment responsibility and hold the administration responsible for anything like Benghazi or fast and furious. No, instead let’s just hammer Romney or any other conservative that dares to question Dear Leader.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  23. Jim


    It means the far right propaganda machine run by Rove, the Koch Brothers, and their ilk is losing its effectiveness. People are no longer as easily influenced by spin and lies as they were during the Bush years. That's bad news for the GOP since big money attack ads are the only way they've had to get votes for some time now.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  24. David, Oregon

    It means UP is the only way he can go. It means he better have a zinger to zap Wednesday night, and the devil on his side to shake loose a skeleton from the president's closet.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  25. Steve

    Jack, where did you get that information? Must be from MSNBC and the constant stant badgering of the Libaral media. I thought the puropse of the press in the Constitution was to report on the government rather than badgering the candidates of the government. How about for tommorrow's blog ask the following question, "What does it mean for Obama if he's less popular than Jimmie Carter". would that hurt the Liberal bloggers ego. Your true colors will show if you don't.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  26. Fred Allan in Cleveland, Mississippi

    Jack, the answer to your question is quite simple. It means that President Obama will win a second term, and Mitt Romney will never be president.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Pete in Georgia

    It means hopefully this country has a chance.
    For far too long America has elected it's Presidents on popularity as the primary factor. Big mistake.
    What is vitally important is how qualified and "right" the candidate is for the job at hand and we finally have that candidate.
    Mitt Romney.
    Forget smooth rhetoric that has only ONE mission...............to deceive.
    Look at the candidates actual history of accomplishing something, not just talking endlessly about it and delivering little or nothing.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  28. Jim Charlotte NC

    If Bush had to take the 2000 election to the Supreme Court to claim the Presidency it would appear Mitt Romney is in trouble.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  29. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Mitt Romney has campaigned to 100% of American voters that he wants to be President to 50% of them. George W. Bush did the same thing without telling anyone. Both reflect badly on the Republican Party.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  30. jk in MN

    American's might be realizing that Mitt's policies sound an awful lot like George's. We've been there and frankly we're still trying to recover despite having a House of Representatives and the GOP in the Senate that doesn't seem to want to improve our economy for fear the President gets re-elected. No one should really need to wonder why.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  31. Joe Mathias Sene, DC

    Romney is less popular than George Bush? Let me think! HE IS SCREWED!!! I MEANT TOSSED!!! The big choice he is promoting would mean throwing the towel to avoid damaging further the republican brand.

    Joe Mathias Sene, Senegal-Washington Dc

    October 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  32. John from Alabama

    Jack: President George W. Bush left office with a 19% approval rating, and the Republicans do not even mention his name in campaigning ads, speeches, and his brother, Jeb, did not run for any office since George W. left office. If Gov. Mitt Romney is less popular than President George W. Bush his goose is cooked in the November Election.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  33. carrie from alabama

    It means nothing in my state, minds are made up , you are either in or out from the get go. Romney is the GOP nominee and that makes him better than any Democrat. Very few people care about being popular or positions anymore. You vote for the party, and in my town if you are a Democrat you are less than worthy to talk to ,so you are very discreet about your views . If you are a republican you are one of the good guys or in other words a good ole boy!. I miss the days when people cared about policies, and actual positons on matter that is for their own best interest.In my state Romney could say he was against 99% of us and he would still win! Just makes no difference anymore.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Mitt was born with a larger silver spoon than George W Bush, and we the rabble, do not relate to him in any way.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  35. David

    I don't think it makes a bit of difference, they are like dumb and dumber. Bush won on his family's name. I am sure he would not have been elected if his name had been George W. Smith......

    October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  36. Ken in Pinon Hills, California

    It probably doesn't mean too much Jack. After all President Cheney, I mean Bush, got re-elected for a second term. Then again, maybe lot of us really thought Cheney was the President.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Brad, Portland, OR

    It means the only way Romney can "win" is voter suppression in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, massive voter registration fraud in Florida, and rigging electronic voting machines in swing states.

    That pretty much covers it.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  38. bonnie from NJ

    I don't think it matters. If he gets elected (in my worst nightmare), it won't be because of popularity, it will be because the Koch brothers and the like have infused enough money to get the average Joe to believe they don't intend to further decimate the middle class. Or because their money has been able to suppress enough votes by getting their already bought and paid for Republican governors to do their dirty work. Being popular isn't relevant to their platform.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  39. Doug Ericson

    I would say the poll was fabricated, or the respondents just flat out lied for the fun lf it. How can Romney be less popular than a two term President, who did every thing backwards and with dissasterous results when he wasn't napping. Name 8 things Bush did right in his eight years in office. 3 things? One? Bushes loser wars and ignorance of the Mortgage Backed Securities Scam, are responsible for at least half of the 16 trillion dollar debt that we will never repay. Obama is no better, but I don't see how Romney can be granted so little of the benifit of a doubt, that the poll reflects. In one way it is not surprising. Bush is part of the Republican Establishment, and they are very cool to Romney's election bid. Romney never reached out to the Republican Establishment for their advice and now he is paying the price. If the election were held today it would be Obama 55% to Romney's 45%. Romney still has time for a miracle. Maybe he should hire Jose Olazabal, the European Ryder Cup Captain to take over as his campaign manager, and invoke the spirit of Seve Ballesterous to carry him to victory. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  40. Ann from Charleston SC

    It means Romney should keep his day job.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  41. Ron WPAFB

    I'm sure Mr. Romney will put the last nail in his coffin, so to speak, during the Debate! Basically, He's toast ,Jack He and the Republican Party's "Hate the USA Tour", where they have set women's rights back 30 years,"If Elected", and described every Minority as, "The untitled", who are destroying America, and want to dismantle the health care for millions and gut Medicare and Medicaid along with Social security just to give the rich a bigger tax break! How do you run a campaign on that? And then there is his "No foreign Policy", basically wanting to spend billions more on defense and attack everyone in the Middle East! Wow! Bush wasn't this stupid! He's the best thing to ever happen to Georg W. Bush!

    October 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  42. ken, atlantic city, nj

    It means the liberal media has done a good job in destroying a decent man running for office. The middle east is in caos, federal spending is out of control, and the economy is still in recession, but all you hear is the problems romney is having. News flash, obama has been the president for the last 4 years not romney, the senate has been controlled by the dems for 4 years, and the house was controlled by pelosi for 2 years.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  43. Paul in NC

    It means be careful what you wish for. Before the convention Romney said he wanted people to get to know him better. Apparently they have.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  44. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think it means trouble with a capital T. Romney painted his own picture. He wanted to bet Perry $10,000 as if it was a dime in his pocket. He has offshore accounts to hide money. He tells his rich donors behind closed doors that he will not represent or care about close to half of the people in the United States if he becomes president. I never heard a candidate say that the my life and I hope I never do again. To me this all adds up to a very rich snob that will only represent the rich if he becomes president and jump into another war head first like George W did.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  45. John E

    Common Jack, you know the Republicans don't need votes, especially the popular vote. They beg borrow and steal electoral votes and popularity has nothing to do with that. George W Bush proved it, Romney is re-proving the same thing.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  46. Tom (Atlanta)

    In Allan Bloom's book, "Closing of the American Mind", Bloom pointed out that in a democracy the most capable person is not necessarly elected as the leader. Rather, the most popular and one who can create the most enthusiasm becomes leader. Neither Romney or Bush have enthusiasm as a quality. If Romney were running against Gore or Kerry as Bush did, he'd likely win too given today's situation because they were both not very charismatic. However, if today's, trust me and "give me 4 more years" Obama had to run against the 2008 "hope and change" Obama, today's Obama would likely get creamed by the 2008 Obama. People feel cheated by the Obama they know. But, will the devil you know be deemed better than the devil you don't? Oh, brother.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  47. Robert In Melbourne

    It means the media has deemed it so. By spending more time covering Romney’s dog on the car than on the cover-up of Benghazi or Fast and Furious the media is ensuring 4 more years of the same. The American people are suffering and the media is prolonging it by shielding the President and attacking Romney. I’m sure Romney could easily defeat Obama one on one in dealing with the issues and who has the right vision for the country and capability to get us there. However, he can’t defeat Obama and CNN and NBC and rest of the media

    October 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  48. Nathaniel

    It means that Americans are smart enough to know that Romney will only turn out exactly how Bush turned out: Incompetent at his job, unable to relate to every day Americans, and just plain stupid....

    October 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  49. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    Maybe it means he should make silly faces when he utters silly statements.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  50. JENNA Roseville CA

    What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?

    Simply it means that President Obama is going to win a 2nd term.

    Romney has no popularity, isn't trusted, is an elitest, practices a questionable religion, is a BULLY, etc.

    Roseville CA

    October 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  51. BrainTurnedOff

    Is that even possible? GWB didn't win by popularity in 2000, and he was more popular then than he is now. My advice: If Mr Romney wants to improve his popularity he should concede right now. The 47% he doesn't worry about will appreciate that.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  52. Doug

    Should the president always be liked? No. I would rather a president work with congress to do what is right for our country instead of worrying about his celebrity status.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  53. Paul From Austin Texas

    It means he should go back to one of his many home states or where his real money is.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  54. Karl in Flint, MI

    In the end it will mean his wealthy wannabee Fascist friends that hoped he would make them even wealthier have bet too heavily on an also ran. Only voter fraud, as we see emerging in the swing states and many others, going unchecked, can get him elected now. There is no "Hail Mary" play in the Book of Mormon politics or a governor brother to pull him out now.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  55. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He has been running for President for 6 years and much of their time has been spent in trying to introduce him as a regular guy. He's wealthy, aloof and hides his money in other countries and thinks that Americans are stupid and most of us think we're victims. He's a joke even moreso that W. was. And besides all of that, he's an etch-a-sketch of the worst kind.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  56. Sylvia from San Diego

    Who cares? Anyone voting based on popularity instead of policies should not have the right to votel....

    October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  57. Ken Vaughn

    It means people really don't like him. We know he is full of it. We tried the republican trickle down method before and it didn't work- what part of it did not work do they not understand. I predict new unions developing to chip away at the enormous corporate profits that used to go to the middle class. What would Hoffa think of today's CEO salary vs employee pay? America is in for a fight, and it will come from the generations that have endured nothing but oppression since the 80's. Less popular you say? At least the GOP invited Romney.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  58. Jack

    It means that alexithymic Mitt is already TOAST, no matter how many zingers he's got lined up.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  59. Susan-NJ

    Pres. Obama isin't very popular at this moment either and there was once a Reagan Carter poll that said Carter would win by a land side the 2nd term. You never know unitl the votes are in. Who wants to vote? We have our choice of who can destroy this country faster.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  60. Doug

    That's like asking if I'd rather have a beer and shoot a round of golf with my boss, or have the bucks to go shoot a round of golf and have a beer with my friends-I want a successful boss, not a suck-up. Doug, Houston

    October 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  61. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He wouldn't be if the media would treat him fairly. That's according to the conservative media and pundits. He's very dishonest and it shows in his not taking tax deductions to charity so his return for 2011 stayed above 14%.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  62. Tom in Desoto, TX

    If Leona Helmsley were alive today, Mitt may have selected her to be the Vice Presidential candidate, after all, "...only the little people pay taxes..." And to think, Mitt is only the face of the Republican Party though process..

    October 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  63. execspec

    If Willard is even less popular than ole George, then it means that he has a long row to hoe

    October 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  64. Rick McDaniel

    Simple. He has little charisma.

    On the other hand, charisma is not required, to be a good leader.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  65. Phil, Philadelphia

    It means that the Republcans can't pull the Wool over Americas eyes on this one. The truth is out of who Romney really is and he is only about self and rich buddies. Just imagine, Bush had great interests in Oil, so we ended up in Iraq. So just imagine how many interests Romney has and how America's interests will be all over the place just to benefit the rich.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  66. David Doherty

    I hope to god it means we've seen the last of him come november
    Dave from NH.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  67. Gordon from Virginia

    It means he's in big trouble!! Game, set, and match! Mitt's done!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  68. Pete

    It may mean that the average American voter isn't quite as dumb or gullible as I thought.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  69. Bob D Iowa

    Totally nothing those that are going to vote for him don't care what he stands for or anything else. No Obama is their only vote, they are good little Foxettes.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  70. Douglas Allan

    Obama has shown that being likeable doesn't cut any mustard with the Arabs, nor put anyone to work.He has managed to usurp power from congress while the media sleeps.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  71. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    It means he won' be able to include President of the United States on his resume.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  72. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I, one of the people who he doesn't care about hopes he takes many vacations in one of his many houses and moves closer to his money so we never have to see him again. Or maybe he can build a new house and be Sarah Palin's next door friend.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  73. Robert In Melbourne

    It means the Media has successfully done their job. Theve beat down Romney and covered for Larry Moe and Currly. I mean Holder Obama and Clinton

    October 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  74. Bob in Ohio

    All it means is we've forgotten how incompetent "Dubya" was. We're just proving that the attention span of the average American can be measured in days.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  75. 2020

    That mean he has a ZERO chance to win, it means he is a loser !!!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  76. Gail, Plano TX.

    It is a death knell! I hear it now!

    October 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  77. Curtis in Philadelphia

    Absolutely nothing Jack, because he could still win.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  78. Bert from L.A., CA

    Hi Jack, Romney being less popular than George W. Bush means he will never be President, his name, like the name “George W. Bush” will not be mentioned again at future Republican National Conventions, and most of all it means if the Republican Party wants to compete, it needs to do some serious sole searching.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  79. Nurse143 in Shelton CT

    That even they don't think Mitt will win, but that while the GOP wanted someone they wouldn't mind winning, their real agenda was trying out voter suppression, seeing how many millions in advertising made how muh of a change in battleground areas, and getting ready for Jeb in 2016.

    October 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  80. Larry in Houston

    What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?

    Answer : It means that if romney wins, it will be a squeaker. Do you ever wonder why you never hear or see any of the "Bush's" on any interviews, ads, or anywhere in the news media ?

    Vote Democrat – 2012

    October 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  81. Mark, Oklahoma City, OK

    Jack, don't fall for these fake poll numbers. It's all part of the vast left-wing conspiracy to make Romney look like he couldn't be elected even if he got ALL the votes. In fifty years of watching political campaigns, I have NEVER seen a candidate (Obama) and the media team up to squash the opposing candidate like we are seeing now. I am ashamed of our system right now.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  82. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    It means he'll lose by a landslide, because George W Bush couldn't get elected condiments manager at the family barbecue.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  83. Robert Speigner (Pittsburgh, PA)

    It's not just Mitt Romney. People are starting to see the Republicans for what they are–a party that's only interested in representing the rich. After a decade, people see that their failed tax and economic policies were only for the rich. Their using the debt to justify vouchering medicare and social security but refuse to raise taxes on the wealthy or cut military spending. Mitt Romney's 47% speech told us that he has contempt for most Americans.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  84. Curt, Avon, Indiana

    Guess there's no need to rent a tux for the inauguration then.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    Obviously when a man becomes President the people who did not vote for you now do not like you. That is a lot of,people because The GOP says the polls lie and the race is very close.
    . BUT?? If Romney is so unpopular who is suppose to vote for him? The man looks uncomfortable in his own skin, I am going to say Mitt, you need to like yourself,then maybe others will like you. George Bush always made me smile and he always made me laugh when he spoke, that is something !!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  86. Loren, Chicago

    Unfortunately, popularlity doesn't equate to leadership. President Obama is probably one of the most popular Presidents of all time, yet he has run up the country's debt to levels beyond the comprehension of most people, basically mortgaging our country and our children's future for his singular vision of America (I say singular because he has only shared non-specifics and the only specific he has actually helped enact promises to add further to our current overwhelming debt). How has that popularity translated into a successful future?

    All I hope for from Romney is a breath of fiscal reality, though not as likely given his history as a big government Republican. But then almost anything would be better than the current big government Democrat.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  87. Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

    Just thank whoever shot that video of his speech to the gentry at his private fundraiser. George Bush may have been a cowboy, but Romney revealed himself to be nothing less than a spoiled and detached businessman. In his own words, he is not supposed "to worry" about the poor, none of whom, he presumes, are his supporters. People are rightfully scared of a man who promotes a gilded delusion which he will only reveal behind closed doors. He will lose.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  88. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    The difference between Mitt Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney will still be able to work at Facebook in his next career, no one will hire George Bush.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  89. Johnathan Ross, Missouri

    It means that romney will at least try to continue mush of the failed bush policies of the past 8 years and we can not have that....enough said

    October 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  90. Edgar

    Mr.Romney is a Looser Please americans dont give us another looler, the Busches have us stil digging out of this hole we love You all but please keep him to him self Bad Pyrmont Germany

    October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  91. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    It means – "See ya Mittens"!

    October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  92. Overby

    Obama was more 'popular' than Bush, and look at what a mess Obama's turned out to be. Popularity apparently has nothing to do with competence.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm |

    That people really don't like him. METALWORKER in Illinois

    October 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  94. Rose in Glendale, Az

    This is not a popularity contest. I don't care how popular the nominees are, I want someone that can run this country, keep us safe and pay down that debt. I don't care if the next President is an old grouch as long as he does the job he was elected to do.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  95. Susan - Laguna Hills

    Worse then George Bush? How could anyone be possibly worse then Bush...Romney is simply entertaining the American voters by doing clown act....he is challenging voters' memories, understanding of policies, and IQ....He is losing so might just have a good time on the die-hard stupid Republicans supporters and super Pac...

    Susan – Laguna HIlls

    October 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  96. ronsmoss

    Means the American people have the good sense to know that Romney would do evn more damage to our Nation than did Bush, and maybe this is why Bush has refused to support Romney (Dick Cheney where are you? Do deficits still not matter?)

    On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM, Cafferty Fi

    October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  97. annie, atlanta

    Depends on if you're a supporter of the right or left. Could mean nothing, could mean something. Also, you have to factor in the Hate Obama crowd, which is going to equalize Romney, if there is such a thing, all things considered.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  98. DaleW in Lowell MA

    It means he's following right down the corporate power path. He only has to attack/invade Iran to secure his place in infamy.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  99. Dave, Kissimmee, FL

    Absolutely nothing. The same brain-dead morons that voted for Bush twice, will vote for Romney in lock-step the same way for the same non-reasons.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  100. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It means that the Republicans know they can't win this year. Think about it, Jack: They nominated their only sane candidate whose greatest accomplishment is the healthcare bill they are running against! Bring on the debates, and pass the popcorn.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  101. Thom Richer

    First off, I would advise breath mints. Secondly, quit while he is ahead. Sorry, Christie, he will not "shine" in the debates and he will not be elected president......ever.

    Negaunee, MI

    October 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  102. Cres from Florida

    Just the idea of that Jack is pretty pathetic. The absence of Bush and Cheney at the GOP convention was
    conspicuous enough in and of itself. But to even think that Romney could be even less popular at this point with
    only being a candidate is sad indeed. On the other hand, I've been labeling the politics and the election SAD and
    PATHETIC for quite some time now. Regardless, November 6th can't come soon enough.

    October 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  103. Jake in Omaha

    What does it mean for Mitt Romney if he's less popular than George W. Bush ?

    It means Willard is not moving to Washington. Maybe he should retire and write a book on the middle class.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  104. Gigi Oregon

    It means many Republicans are not happy with the Republican party. You can only fool the people so long...when it's time for the Republicans comeuppance...Romney was not the best choice. It would have been interesting if they had chosen Ron Paul.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  105. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It means one thing, Republicans will be looking at Jeb Bush in 2016 because Romney has been used as a scapegoat to raise the bar of GWB's unpopularity.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
  106. Gurgyl

    Mitt the twi is wasting money and time. He better concede. Obama wins landslide. True. God is ith this president.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  107. Larry in St.Jo, MO

    It means he's a Putz. Nothing more nothing less. We discovered H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were both Putzes, so we stuck-up our collective noses, and, dumped them too. People have a sense when it comes to Putzes. It's not always accurate, but most generally it is. The issues? Naw, the Putz factor is far more important when it comes to elections.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  108. Jonah R.

    Simply put, it means he can't win.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  109. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I don' like polls to any extent. Having said that the results of the Bloomberg survey and CNN/ORC poll mean nothing for Mitt Romney because in my opinion he just doesn't care.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  110. Benny

    Romney just does not connect with most of the American people.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  111. JackN

    Does this looks similar to popularity of Clinton compared to Obama? Why the hypocrisy?

    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  112. Paul, Houston. TX

    It means that he will lose to Obama

    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  113. Stephanie in Seattle

    Considering his experience and leadership abilities far outweigh obama's, I don't care if he makes me feel warm and fuzzy. What a shame that we care more about personality than ability. obama will most likely win again which means economic doom and gloom for that much longer. Then, I hope we don't hear complaints from all those who were naive enough to vote for him.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  114. Lisa, Seattle, WA

    It means he is going to win.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  115. Bob in Texas

    It means he's probably going to lose, Jack. His 47% comment to his rich friends sealed the deal on that one. It showed who he intends to truly represent. Had Bush been caught making a similar comment, Obama would have followed Al Gore.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  116. Sheena

    It means that he will not be the next President of the United States

    October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  117. Ray

    Romney's toast, Jack, burnt toast!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  118. Aaron

    For republicans I'm sure it means that it is just more biased polling that will be dismissed. For the rest of usrational people, it is just more proof of what we have known for the past month. Mitt is in deep deep trouble.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  119. John, NJ

    Jack let's put statistics aside for a second, I don't think it's possible for anyone to be worse than former president George W. Bush.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  120. DeMarcus from Chattanooga

    This means Romney is swimming up a very stinky creek. He made a joke about what a few good words from Clinton could do. He might want to take his own advice with Bush if this most recent poll is true... but then Romney hasn't exactly been the candidate to practice what he preaches.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  121. Kyle, Mooresvile IN

    Sadly, it doesn't mean much of anything. GOP supporters will still stand behind their candidate, no matter how lackluster he may be, if it means even a slim chance of removing President Obama from office. Luckily for America, that chance seems to get slimmer every time Romney opens his mouth.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  122. steve


    It reveals that Blloomberg gets its poll formula from ABC.....LMAO !

    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  123. Aaron in Ky

    For republicans I'm sure it means that it is just more biased polling that will be dismissed. For the rest of usrational people, it is just more proof of what we have known for the past month. Mitt is in deep deep trouble.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  124. Boyd Carter

    It means that at the 2016 convention, Romney will be as "absent" as George Bush was at the 2012 republican convention. Toronto, Ontario

    October 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  125. Michael

    It means the Romney campaign is in it's death rattles. The only hope Romney has now is if Obama flops in all 3 debates, but all it is is hoping they can cure their campaign's cancer when it's in stage-4 metastasis. They have hope, but it's mostly false hope.

    Michael K, California

    October 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  126. thorazinedc

    What do you mean "what does it mean?" Dumb question as it means exactly that, he is even LESS popular than the President that is blamed for the current state of the States and most of the world in all ways negative. Is this shocking? No! Even his own party doesn't really support him and it is not like that party is very popular either. Come on now!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  127. Steve Ft Lauderdale

    Hi Jack, How does burnt toast sound Jack

    October 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  128. Manuel Aguilar College Station Texas

    Well if he moves to Texas he can probably get more popularity votes than Rick Perry

    October 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  129. Janice D., Tampa FL

    It means that he is going to have to start a new bucket list that does not include 'the presidency'.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  130. Karen from Lexington, MA

    It means that the 47% won't be dependent upon him.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  131. Robert Allen

    What’s it mean if Mitt Romney is less popular than George W Bush? It means Mitt Romney will do as Gordon Gecko would do, go back to the Bain Capital harvesting company on November 7th...

    Louisville, KY

    October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  132. Larry in Houston

    it means that Bush was the worst prez in history – nobody, and I mean Nobody that was elected president, was as bad as bush. He put us in such a deep hole, that it's hard to fathom how we're going to get out of. He's lucky that Clinton left him with a surplus.
    Vote Democrat – 2012 ( for the "working" middle class)

    October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  133. Phil from Denver

    Jack, it means this: Gone is the idea that we have a nation of "wealthy wounded." Romney's platform – nay, the entire GOP platform – wants to paint a picture that the nation is being torn apart by greedy poor folks, allegedly living in luxury off of the truly needed and appreciated pittance they get from the government. More attention is paid to financial malfeasance and centralization of wealth, and that there's only one way to restore the middle class: Top-down.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  134. fernando

    Two words jack. He's toast. Warm buttery toast.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  135. annecgarrett

    It is so sad that this station is even called news. You would never run something like this about Obama!! Not fair!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  136. Mike, Fort Worth, Tx

    It means exactly nothing. We have turned the political process in this country into a popularity contest that has nothing to do with the ability of an individual to lead and make sound decisions. When we begin to care more about the popularity of the person more than the integrity of the process we have lost the essense of what our founding fathers initially envisioned for the future of our democracy.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  137. Ahmed

    It means Mitt has lost this election, thanks to him.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  138. David Wise

    It means that there are more idiots out there now than when Bush was president !!!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  139. Mitt R

    It means Mitt and Anne can enjoy December on their Cayman Island yacht. Maybe they should invite C.W. and wife.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  140. Lyle from Seattle

    Romney keeps telling us he knows how tocreate jobs... 12 million of them... he needs to go back to Bain capital and invest his Cayman fortune into creating private sector jobs for Americans. He says he cares for us 47%... show us... actions speak louder than words....
    P.S. With all the tax cuts you had last year, how many jobs did you invest because of those tax cuts!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  141. Tom K

    It means we are never going to find out how we can be such an exceptional country when half of us are a bunch of moochers who can't take responsibility for our lives

    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  142. Joel, Kansas

    It doesn't mean anything. It just prove that the two party system is a joke and voters should take the time to get to know their candidates rather than basing their decisions off of media polls and party loyalty. Ron Paul was the only candidate that wasn't shown as a front runner last year yet he made it to the end. Polls like these are pointless and only distract voters from doing any homework for themselves.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  143. Chelsea

    It means Jack that American's would still rather have a President they can have a beer with, and talk about the problems of the country, than the guy who would hand them the keys for valet parking on his way to a dressage tournament. Representation of the "People" isn't Mitt Romney when he disregards the 47%.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  144. Lillian

    You forgot to mention, George Bush, also enjoys a higher approval rate than Barack Obama, even though the MSM covers for him at every turn and even though he has been blamed for everything under the sun for the past 4 years by our sitting president. In addition to overseeing the end of our space program, end of our AAA bond rating, exploding debt, rising unemployment, 2 successful and 2 unsuccessful terror attacks on US soil in the past 3 years Obama administration reached another milestone this weekend – military deaths in Afghanistan exceeded 2,000; and yet CNN will undoubtedly focus on Mitt Romney likeability polls or latest MSM manufactured gaffes. MSM was shocked and unprepared at the mid-term shellacking and will undoubtedly be shocked again after the presidential election when the voters will decide on a president, not the media.

    Atlanta, GA

    October 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  145. Butch Central CA.

    W was at least human. Mitt is all hat.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  146. Anne Nakshian

    Romney's unpopularity means he should lose...unless too many people hate having a black liberal in the White House more!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  147. Jen-seattle

    All Romney has to do is Solve the Treasonous Tradedeals under democratic senate monopoly in State of Washington, WHere Port commisions Take Payoffs to Allow thier Other Company discount access to Containers That Violate Customes frojm CHina shipping after Senator murrays husbands comoany S.S.A. Marine threaten Coal Strategic reserve for China as ruining farmfileds and nieghborhooods thorugout america shipping on Subsidized commercial trains and falgso of conveniene that deny locals a repreive on Debt the Banks hold 6% on that dries up Property tax to cover bond payments for shipping so State governor gets treated like dignitary in 3rd world forcing locals to pay what offshore doesnt have to pay cuz they play one port against another

    October 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  148. Zee Satt

    Jack, it means nothing to him. Those who can't do any thing for our people, will go to wars with other nations so that the great Americans do not pay attention what is going on here, in our country.
    Romney will go to wars with 5 nations compared to Bush's 2.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  149. Ismo Givenchy

    I am not sure where that poll came. and i don't believe that is true. However, i consider myself to be an independent, and i have to say Mitt Romney is not helping himself. With the current economy, Obama should have a harder time with this election but it does look like Romney just doesn't know how to relate to people. He is not a bad guy, but he just doesn't reality to people, even when he tries. And sure, this is not a popularity contest, but as a president, you want to relate to people who are going to vote for you and people want somebody who understand the struggle that they are going through. Romney coming from a rich family doesn't help. Doesn't make him bad, but you would not understand the Saudi Arabia King to know what poor people are going through.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  150. Mitt R

    It means after 10 years of running for president I can, I mean he can finially get some sleep

    October 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  151. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    Never thought any aspiring President could be less popular than Bush.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  152. Steven Brown

    I knew Mitt Romney was a nothing but a Robber Baron Want-a-be when Donald Trump endorsed him for President. President Bush was nothing but a political mop. Richard (Dick) Cheney was the real puppet master behind the scenes with the despicable Karl Rove acting as his "Political Prophet" of Doom and Destruction. Cheney and Rove razed the American Middle Class to the ground destroying the underpinnings of American Democracy.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  153. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Mitt Romney is a good man whose aim in life is to be the president. Perhaps had he ran as an Independent or a Democrat so he could be the man he truly is, then he might have had a chance to win but, to get the Republican nomination, he had to "please" the Tea Partiers and far-right religious groups, Gordon Norquist, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers and the other crazies who now rule the once-proud Republican party. To win their support he had to become someone he was not and he is paying the price. Perhaps if the Mitt who was governor of Mass. was running istead of the Mitt we now see, he would have had a better chance to win and he would not be considered less popular that W. By the way, where is W these days? Seems to have faded into the wallpaper!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  154. Jim Weix

    I doubt that 98% of Americans can relate to Romney. Other than the simple minded goose stepping members of the Republican Party, I can't find anyone than plans on voting for him.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  155. James PDX

    The presidency shouldn't be a popularity contest, but I, and probably most people, find it hard to vote for a president who we do not like as a person. If he was clearly qualified to be a great leader, I might get past this. But his qualifications are ambiguous at best at this point. He definitely made a huge mistake when he was caught on video discounting 1/2 of the country as worthless mooches just because they weren't fortunate enough to be born with his advantages. He is now about as unlikeable as it is possible to get without punting kittens.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  156. Scott Petersen

    Being "liked" is great for Face Book, but is over rated for politicians. I think Mitt will do a better job than a certain community organizer from Chicago.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  157. Jeanne - Illinois

    Who is Jack McCafferty anyway? What happened to journalists reporting the facts and not giving their slanted opinion. I don't care what McCafferty thinks...I want FACTS and President
    Obama has just given words...no action.


    October 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  158. kxr

    Hugo Chavez: I'd Vote for Obama.
    Ahmadinejad: I'd rather deal with Obama.
    Kim Jong-il: I prefer Obama.
    What else American citizen with some decent IQ needs to know before elections?

    October 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  159. California Gary

    Candidates get elected to the presidency on either their policies or their popularity. The truly exceptional candidate has a blend of both. Using Bush "41" as an example......he got in on experience and policy, not on popularity. Clinton later defeated him with popularity (popularity trumps policy almost every time). Bush "43" defeated Gore in a war of policy against popularity, with popularity winning out again. Obama has popularity, Romney doesn't (and is weak on policy to boot).......advantage to Obama.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  160. Edward

    It means he beats the wicked witch of the West, but not Dick Chainey from French Canada.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  161. TomInVa

    It means that the press and people like you have had some success in tarring a perfectly decent man with a bunch of ridiculous dog-on-the-roof, his-wife-rides-horses, he-once-was mean-to-some-classmate stories that you have gone to great lengths to dig out and trumpet. You even tried he-jet-skis (gasp) until you figured out that people actually liked that.

    Hopefully though, most people will recognize that there are real issues involved in this election and vote for the man who has had both business and political success, and who can bring that same success to this Country.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  162. Alex Santana

    Oh quit picking on "Willard"....his real name!! He is such a patriot...he supports GM...his wife has TWO Cadillacs!!

    October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  163. MilitaryAF

    Mitt should quit; running for President, that is.
    He should return to minding his own business, which he's proven he does well.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  164. Ztom

    It means that instead of nominating Romney, the GOP settled with "Generic Republican" or "Anyone except Obama". That works for some voters, but isn't enough to win the election.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  165. Laure

    Maybe a better question would be.... What does it mean for Obama that he is in a statistical dead tie with a man less favorable than Bush? The leadership of our country, from Congress on down.... should take a look at the polls and realize things need to change.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  166. Penny Wright

    Romney is a liar and a thief.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  167. I'm a Rose

    They aren't much different ay all, both need a fortune teller

    October 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  168. Penny Wright

    Could the contrast be any greater between Romney, who looted American companies and shipped their jobs overseas, only pays taxes at a 13% rate, stashes his money in the Cayman Islands to avoid U.S. taxes, and President Obama who saved GM and created 32 straight months of private sector job growth?

    Obama is an economic patriot.

    Romney is an economic traitor.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm |