Another day, another bad poll result for Mitt Romney.

Today’s edition is the new NBC-Marist poll. The group surveyed 979 likely Ohio voters by phone from September 9-11. A poll of likely voters is typically more predictive and reliable than those merely targeting registered voters, many of whom do not turn out in November.

The results are devastating for Romney. Obama leads among likely voters 50-43.

But, more importantly, the results show that voters don’t have the same warm and fuzzy feelings for the Republican candidate. Only 40 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Romney, compared to 50 percent who view him unfavorably. By comparison, the President is viewed favorably by more than half of likely voters — 51 percent, compared to 44 percent who view him unfavorably.

Ohioans dislike Mitt Romney. And, with the campaigns behind us and 53 days before the election, there’s little opportunity for the campaign, which we expect to instead be focused on negative attacks, to change that.

Bonus fun facts (from theĀ source tables):

  • Obama leads 48-44 on handling the economy
  • Obama leads 52-39 on handling of foreign policy (again begging the question, why is Romney picking that fight?)
  • Early voters lean Obama by 23 points; election day voters favor Romney by 4


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