Forty-one percent said they have a favorable view of the former Massachusetts governor, compared to 49 percent who said they have an unfavorable opinion.
Romney suffered from historically low favorability ratings throughout the Republican primaries, but saw his favorability rating spike once he became the party’s presumptive nominee.
In early May, a Gallup poll showed Romney’s favorability leap from 39 percent positive and 47 negative to 50 percent positive and 41 negative, as Republicans and conservatives rallied behind their candidate. But the Economist-YouGov poll suggests Romney still has some work cut out for him in connecting with voters on a personal level.
President Obama’s favorability rating is at 50 percent positive and 44 negative, according to the poll. Obama is buoyed by young voters between the ages of 18 and 29, 59 percent of whom view him positively against 30 percent who view him negatively.