The Washington Times - April 17, 2012, 05:37PM

America is starting to warm up to Mitt Romney.

A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday shows the former Massachusetts governor’s favorability rating is on the rise now that the Republican nomination race is coming to a close — though he still has some ground to make up on President Obama.

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The survey of more than 1,000 adults shows that Mr. Romney’s favorability rating jumped to 44 percent on April 15 from from 37 percent on March. And the percentage of people who hold an unfavorable view of him dropped from 49 percent to 43 percent.

The same three-week period saw Mr. Obama’s rating stay the same, with 56 percent of those saying they have a favorable view of him and 42 percent unfavorable.

The poll also found that popular opinion of the Republican Party has improved over the last three weeks, while the opinion of the Democratic Party dipped slightly — as did Mr. Obama’s approval rating.