“Smaller, simpler, smarter. Believe in America.” That was the official motto of “Office of the President-Elect,” a website launched by Mitt Romney’s campaign in late October 2012. It was publicly visible for a time, but quickly deactivated after Mr. Romney lost the election. Now the public appears to have had a Romney renaissance of sorts. They just might miss him, or the president he could have been.
Among registered voters, Mr. Romney bests President Obama in a theoretical rematch, 49 percent to 47 percent, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Mr. Romney also won independents - 49 percent compared to Mr. Obama’s 39 percent. Among women, Mr. Romney received 46 percent of the vote, Mr. Obama 49 percent. The pair tied among all Americans, 47 percent to 47 percent and there were predictable partisan divides. Mr. Romney won 90 percent of Republicans, Mr. Obama 89 percent Democrats. Distinct demographic preferences also emerged.
Mr. Romney garnered support of “whites,” men, those 40 to 65 years old, voters with a high school education or less, those with some college, conservatives, conservative Republicans, voters with annual incomes between $50,000 and 100,000 plus those who make more than $100,000. Voters in the South, white evangelicals, Protestants and Catholics also support Mr. Romney, the poll found.
Mr. Obama won among “non-whites,” moderates, those 18 to 34 years old, liberals, liberal Democrats, those with postgraduate educations, voters in the Northeast and West and those with “no religion.” The pair tied among college graduates and Midwestern voters. And the 2012 reality? Mr. Obama topped Mr. Romney, 51 percent to 47 percent.
Romney fans should not get their hopes up, however. “We are not doing that again,” Mr. Romney told CBS News during a Sunday appearance with his wife, Ann, who reached over and made her husband shake his head “no” for emphasis.