Never mind what voters think of the candidates.
What they think of the contest is another question.
More than six in 10 of the independent voters whom President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are courting view the 2012 presidential election contest unfavorably, according to a survey run by ABC News and the Washington Post.
The survey conducted by Langer Associates finds 62 percent of independents voicing an unfavorable opinion of the race, as well as 54 percent of the self-identified political moderates and “somewhat conservative” voters.
The strongly negative viewpoints expressed by independents out-number the strongly positive by 3-1, ABC News.com reports.
The partisans, of course, take a more positive view of things, with Democrats 59-38 favorable in their view of the contest, Republicans 50-43 favorable. Liberals and the “very conservative” also are largely positive.
“ One conclusion of the results is that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would do well, tonight and beyond, to sharpen their appeals to the political center,” Greg Holyk writes for ABC. “Another is that, for those with a less partisan bent, the next three weeks may not be the most fun they’ve ever had.”