Poll shows Romney gaining among conservatives

Santorum has the best favorability rating among the “very conservative,” with 56 percent saying they have a favorable view versus 27 percent unfavorable. Gingrich’s numbers are similar.

Still, Romney has nearly caught Santorum in favorability among all conservative Republicans, with 67 percent saying they have a favorable view of him, compared to 68 percent for Santorum. That’s a 21-point swing for Romney since late February.

Romney’s standing among the “very conservative” had fallen to its lowest point of the cycle just before the Michigan and Arizona primaries; however, Romney’s victories in those states, coupled with Santorum’s recent fade, have reignited speculation that the former Massachusetts governor is the party’s inevitable nominee.

Still, the hard-fought Republican primary, which has seen the GOP hopefuls launch harsh attacks on each other, has — at least for the time being — damaged the standing of all the candidates. Overall, Romney’s favorability rating is negative, at 35 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable, among those surveyed.

According to Gallup, President Obama has nearly scratched his way back to even, with 45 percent saying they approve of the job he has done while in office and 48 percent saying they disapprove.

The ABC-Post poll was conducted from Feb. 29 to March 4 and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.