18 April, 2012

CNN Breaking News

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's popularity is starting to rebound as the divisiveness of the Republican primaries subsides, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

The survey showed 44% give Romney a favorable rating, up 10 percentage points since February, which was during some of the most acrimonious sniping among GOP candidates. Romney's unfavorable rating fell 11 points, from 54% to 43%, over the same period.

The poll also showed 53% of those surveyed say they plan to give Romney a second look once the primaries are over, while 45% say they know enough about the former Massachusetts governor to decide whether he would be a good president.

The same poll shows that President Barack Obama's favorability rating -- a measure of his personal popularity -- is 56%, but the approval rating of his performance in office is 49%. No president since Harry Truman in 1948 has won re-election with an approval rating below 50%.

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