Romney Emerges From Primary Campaign With ‘Record Shortfall In Personal Popularity ‘

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Mitt Romney is heading into the general election with “the weakest favorability rating on record for a presumptive presidential nominee” since 1984. He’s 21 points behind President Obama in personal popularity, and deep underwater — the first likely nominee to have an unfavorable rating higher than his favorable rating in the poll’s history. Just 35 percent of Americans see Romney favorably, while 47 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the candidate. And only 12 percent see him “strongly” favorably, suggesting a persistent enthusiasm gap.