Barack Obama: 55 (58)From a horserace perspective, these numbers are a total yawn. Mitt Romney doesn't need to win Massachusetts and nobody ever expected him to. But they are nonetheless interesting because they show that the voters who know Mitt Romney best are among those who like him least.
Mitt Romney: 39 (35)
It's not just the fact that President Obama is leading by double-digits in Romney's home state, it's that 56 percent of Bay Staters have an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney and those who disapprove of his tenure as governor (46 percent) outnumber those who approve (40 percent). In fact, nearly two-thirds don't even consider Romney to be a true Massachusetts resident!
In any other blue state, these numbers wouldn't worth pointing out, but these are the same voters who in 2002 elected Mitt Romney to be their governor. Now, a decade later, they clearly regret their decision. Remember, Mitt Romney didn't try to run for reelection, and the reason is obvious: He wouldn't have won. Bay Staters just don't like him, and they don't think he did a good job.
Bottom-line is that this poll shows what we've seen throughout the campaign: The more time Mitt Romney spends with voters, the less they like him. In other words, when it comes to making the case against Mitt Romney, Willard himself is President Obama's best surrogate.