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This Byron York post should be disappointing to everyone who doesn’t expect a brokered convention: Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney now have essentially the same approval ratings, both of them bad.
In a survey conducted January 18-22, the Washington Post found that Gingrich’s favorable-to-unfavorable rating among all voters is 29-to-51 percent. Romney’s is 31-to-49 percent.
Among independents, Romney has a 23-to-51 favorable-to-unfavorable rating. Gingrich’s is 23-to-53.
Among Republicans, Romney has a 58-to-32 favorable-to-unfavorable rating. Gingrich’s is 55-to-34 percent.
Among Democrats, Romney has a 21-to-62 favorable-to-unfavorable rating. Gingrich’s is 16-to-66.
How did this happen? Apparently, Romney’s negative rating among blue collar whites has jumped 20 points in two weeks. Jonathan Chait argues that their electability gap is shrinking. Or is it just that Mitt’s flaws have become more obvious?