Obama Understands People Best: Poll

More than half say he relates to average Americans

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2012 6:06 PM CST

(Newser) – No-Drama Obama may be lying low these days, but most Americans say he relates to their problems best. A new Pew Research/Washington Post poll of 1,006 adults gives President Obama good marks on the empathy scale, Politico reports:

  • 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.
  • Among Democrats, a striking 84% say the president relates to the concerns of average Americans. Among Republicans, 61% say Romney relates, and 60% say as much of Gingrich.
See the entire poll here.

President Barack Obama shares a laugh as he is introduced by Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., before speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cambridge, Md.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
President Barack Obama greets supporters after his speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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