For reasons beyond my understanding, The American public continue to believe that Barack Obama can relate to them:
- 55% say he relates to the needs of average people fairly or very well. Not bad, next to 39% for Mitt Romney and 36% for Newt Gingrich.
- Some 41% of those polled say Obama doesn’t understand average problems well or at all. Asked the same about Gingrich, 51% agreed; 48% gave the same answer about Romney.
- Among independent voters, 53% call Obama empathetic, while only 38% and 37% say the same of Romney and Gingrich, respectively.
If so many adults believe that the compulsive golfer who held a real world job briefly and didn’t like it, can relate to their concerns, then Obama needs to be attacked on this issue. Perhaps the video of the President finding it “interesting” that people can’t find jobs should be played more often:
I don’t think this discussion will hurt Republican contenders because the general population perception that they are able to relate to ordinary people is not their strong suit. For that reason I have a hard time believing that the latest gotcha on Romeny will have much of an effect.