Though I’m sure he views it as the wrong time. About two years ago, Newt Gingrich began a rather obvious attempt to resurrect his public image in anticipation of running for president. It began with his conversion to Catholicism and his visit with James Dobson where he talked about how he was a changed man, no longer the amoral scold he was before. It’s not working.
In April 2009 Gingrich’s favorability was -8 at 36/44. Now it’s -31 at 26/57, for a 23 point drop over the last two years. His net drop has been 20 points with Democrats, 25 points with Republicans, and 33 points with independents.
In fact, it seems to have backfired. Which is a good thing for everyone but Newt.