New numbers from ABC News and the Washington Post show that the private experience of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is view unfavorably by the general population, but favorably by Republicans. Americans generally viewed “Gingrich’s work, since leaving elective office, as a consultant for companies with an interest in federal policymaking,” unfavorably by 54 percent, against 24 percent who saw it favorably. Republicans saw it slightly positively at 44 – 40.
Romney scored much better, respectively. Americans saw his work “buying and restructuring companies before he went into politics” favorably 35 percent of the time, versus 40 percent who saw it unfavorably. Republicans were very keen on it — 58 percent see if favorably against only 24 percent who were down on it.