Mitt Romney's 'dog problem' has received tons of media attention in the last week so we decided to do a poll about it. Here's what we found:
-20% of voters have a favorable opinion of Romney's treatment of dogs to 29% with an unfavorable opinion. These numbers suggest that the Seamus story has gotten around enough for people to have a negative view of Romney on dogs, but 51% with no opinion indicates the story hasn't penetrated that deeply yet.
-By contrast 44% of voters have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama's treatment of dogs to 14% with an unfavorable one. Apparently voters think he's taking good care of Bo. Asked who would be a better President for dogs, 37% of voters pick Obama to 21% for Romney with 42% not holding an opinion either way.
-68% of voters think it's inhumane to put your dog in a kennel on the roof of your car to only 14% who consider it humane. On this there's a bipartisan consensus- 74% of Democrats, 66% of independents, and 63% of Republicans think it's inhumane to strap the family dog to the top of the car.
-Whether this is really an issue that's going to hurt Mitt Romney in the campaign is a different question though. 55% of voters say it makes no difference to their vote, while 35% say it makes them less likely to vote for Romney and 7% more likely.
We also looked at how voters feel about the wives of the various Presidential candidates on this poll and unsurprisingly it turns out they're all a lot more popular than their husbands:
-Michelle Obama has a 54/34 favorability rating, compared to her husband's 48/48 approval.
-Ann Romney has a 31/22 favorability rating, compared to her husband's 33/58.
-Karen Santorum has a 31/27 favorability rating, compared to her husband's 36/53.
-Callista Gingrich is actually pretty unpopular, with an 18/44 favorability rating. But it's at least better than her husband's 28/61.
Full results here