After Mitt Romney selected his vice presidential running mate, and just days before the political conventions kick off next week, President Barack Obama maintains his advantage in the race for the White House, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. A Democratic ticket featuring Obama and Vice President Joe Biden gets support from 48 percent of registered voters, and a Republican ticket of Romney and new running mate Paul Ryan gets 44 percent. – NBC/WSJ poll: Heading into conventions, Obama has four-point lead
EVERYONE KNOWS IT and are waiting for it. Mitt Romney needs a baffo convention speech and an electric send off, because the very next week Barack Obama is up and then the opportunities narrow, with the debates looming next.
As the NBC/WSJ reports, Romney has to do two things: repair his image and solidify the ground under the Paul Ryan medicare approach Mitt Romney has endorsed, because without both the Republicans will lose. However, tucked into the poll is some very good news for Romney:
When voters are given a description of the Romney-Ryan plan – that future seniors would receive a guaranteed payment that some call a voucher, and that these seniors could use it to purchase either private insurance or to have access in the traditional Medicare program – twice as many call it a bad idea (30 percent) versus good idea (15 percent). However, 51 percent of voters said they have no opinion.
Oh, and Mark Halperin is wrong, again. New data confirms what I’ve been writing for some time.
What’s more, Obama bests Romney by 35 points (58 percent to 23 percent) on the question of which candidate is more likeable, and by 22 points (52 percent to 30 percent) on caring about average people. [...] And by a 36 percent to 6 percent difference, voters say what they have seen, heard and read about Romney’s tax returns – he has refused to release returns prior to 2010 – has given them a more negative impression of the Republican candidate.
Reports this week also reveal that Mitt Romney’s Mormonism will be highlighted at the convention.
The festivities are on view for the wider public Monday night.