Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney may be causing a lot of chatter in Republican circles, but the public isn’t enthusiastic about either of them, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
“In fact,” said a poll analysis, “In fact, both candidates have lost ground since pollsters last measured Americans' feelings towards them - including a dip in approval from members of their own party.”
The survey found 27 percent of Americans rated Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, positively. Forty percent gave him negative ratings. Among Republicans, 52 percent saw him positively.
That contrasts with September’s marks, long before Romney said January 9 he was considering another White House bid.
At that time, he was seen positively by about one-third of the public and 60 percent of Republicans.
Bush, the former Florida governor, was seen positively in November by about one-fourth of those polled. Now, he gets a 19 percent positive rating, and about one-third see him negatively.