Although the election is just barely a few weeks away, voters are starting to rally around their preferred GOP candidate who they think will best defeat Barak Obama. By all indications, the candidate that everyone is rallying around is Mitt Romney. Public Policy Polling has a new poll out showing that Mitt Romney is the best candidate who can remain competitive against Obama. A CNN/ORC poll has made similar findings in its own poll in which Mitt Romney is not only the frontrunner in the GOP race but actually ahead of Obama.
A lot of people have been discussing the significance of Mitt Romney consistently polling at 25% among Republicans. Is that a good thing or a bad thing for Mitt Romney? Many people are starting to realize that these numbers are good for Romney. For example, Andrew Malcolm, in his article for Investor Business Daily points out that those consistent poll numbers are a result of not making any mistake in a crowded field of GOP competitors:
Although Romney's poll standings have rarely exceeded 25% among Republicans, that's actually not that bad in an eight-person contest. Since spring individual GOP challengers have come close to Romney or moved slightly ahead, like Herman Cain and this week Newt Gingrich, thanks to accumulating respect for his debating acumen.But Cain is fading now, like Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump before him. And Gingrich has neither the money nor organization to sustain a major national effort. Even if the brainy former speaker can persuade Iowa's evangelical caucus-goers to look past the baggage of his previous personal life and he wins there on Jan. 3, then what?Romney's been organizing nationally virtually since he conceded to John McCain in 2008. And with his personal fortune, he needs no one's line of credit, not even Tiffany's. Second time around, Romney's looked poised, confident, presidential in the debates. No OMG moments requiring damage control. Steady as she goes is the campaign motto and it's worked.
Maggie Haberman, in her column for Politico, argues that Mitts poll numbers staying consistently in the 20s is actually the minimum support Romney is getting and will likely get more support as time goes on:
There has been a lot of talk about Romney's static poll numbers - generally in the mid-20s nationally and consistently around 20 in Iowa (with a high of about 40 percent In New Hampshire) - being a ceiling for him.But it's also possible, as Gallup would suggest and as pollsters like the Tarrance Group's Ed Goeas noted to Lawrence O'Donnell yesterday, that the mid-20s number is actually a floor for Romney, who will attract more support when it comes time to vote.