Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Obama's Advantage

Now that the Republicans have chosen their nominee and polls have started to tighten (no, I'm not referring to Gallup or Rasmussen, but to the latest from Pew) we're seeing something emerge that I think gives President Obama a strong advantage going forward. But you have to dig beyond the horse race numbers that are all the media tends to report.

I have to thank Steven Benen for putting this information from both the latest CNN and WaPo/ABC polls into graph form so its easy to read.

Here's the details from CNN:



And here's the same from WaPo/ABC:



What this tells us runs contrary to much of the media narrative about President Obama over the last few years. No, the American people don't find him weak, elite, professorial and aloof. They find him likable, in touch with their concerns, inspiring, strong, and trustworthy.

While many of us who classify as political junkies tend to focus on the policy and process of this administration, these are the kinds of things low information voters count on to decide who to vote for. Some refer to this as "the guy you'd like to have a beer with" syndrome. But I think it goes deeper than that. It comes down to who you trust to be a good leader. And right now President Obama is beating Romney on that one by a mile.

Of course, this is exactly why folks like Karl Rove will go after President Obama on these very qualities. But I'm betting on the fact that the American people have had over 3 years of watching this President at work. They've made up their minds about him. It will be Romney's job to find a way to pull up his own numbers on these kinds of things. So far, he's not off to a great start on that one.

6 comments:

  1. And it's not as if Romney just came out of nowhere and is getting used to the spotlight. He's been the presumptive 2012 nominee for four years and STILL hasn't figured out how to at least FAKE being empathetic.

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  2. You nailed it! People LIKE & TRUST Prez Obama even if they don't agree with him on everything & Michelle is a huge asset. Women identify with her & can relate to what she is doing as First Lady. The Romneys are like those paper dolls we played with as kiddos, no real substance, interchangeable facades & easily torn.

    Aquagranny911...

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  3. Perfect Aquagranny911:"The Romneys are like those paper dolls we played with as kiddos, no real substance, interchangeable facades & easily torn."

    This so perfect I want to send it viral. This is precisely what they are and I will add rich, mean, no ethics, no empathy and a liar!

    Wow! What a candidate for garbage collector!
    Smilingl8dy

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    1. Thanks! Feel free to use that how you wish. I don't Tweet but others do so pass it on.

      Aquagranny911

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    2. Thanks! Feel free to use that how you wish. I don't Tweet but others do so pass it on.

      Aquagranny911

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    3. sorry for the dup. Didn't mean to post twice.

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