Mitt Romney had a bad month.
Unfortunately for him, new polling data from Pew Research shows his favorability ratings were already the worst on record for any presidential candidate at this point in his campaign going back to 1988 before the really bad stuff this month even happened. He had a worse favorability rating than Michael Dukakis—and that was before the 47% gaffe.
Mitt also earns the dubious honor of being the only presidential candidate in modern history to have his unfavorable ratings higher than his favorable ratings at this point in the campaign. As of earlier in September he was tracking 50 to 45 unfavorable to favorable. At least he can feel good about having brought up his favorable score from 29 late last year.
By contrast, John McCain was registering a 61 on the favorable scale at this point in 2008.
Combine this with Obama having opened up a sustained lead in key states, and the Romney campaign has plenty to panic about.
[Via Daily Dolt]