The daily Presidential Tracking Poll by Rasmussen Reports, on Tuesday indicates that Romney and Obama are virtually tied, with Mitt Romney leading among voters by 47% while President Obama gets 45% of the vote. According to Fox News, a new poll conducted by The Hill shows that only 40% of likely voters think Obama deserves to be elected to a second term, with 52% saying he does not.
One of the reasons Obama may be losing votes is because of the extremely negative tone of his campaign. His mud-slinging tactics appear excessive, even by the standards of typical presidential campaigns. There was a noticeable backlash following personal attacks on Romney by the Obama camp and supporters. Most political pundits insist that Obama needs to scale back personal attacks and focus on his plans for a second term.
However, if the Democratic National Convention is any indication, the president is not planning to alter his vitriolic strategies. Bain Capital employees have been recruited to speak against Mitt Romney at the convention.
Perhaps these efforts on the part of Obama and other Democrats to focus on why Americans shouldn't vote for Romney rather than why they should vote for Obama are intended to do more than tear down Mitt Romney. Maybe Obama's campaign is trying to distract from issues like high unemployment, a bad economy and an unpopular health care plan.