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
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)

(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.

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Jan 31, 2012 1:32 AM CST
Got to USlady and can't stop LOL ! Not one nitwit can say a name for the Republican hopeful that can equal Obama , ROGLAO,
Jan 31, 2012 1:26 AM CST
LOL. The right will be coming out of the wood work on this article. Everyone note they make NO comments good or bad on articles of the pick of there possible president . ROGLMAO Haters just hate, they just can't do it to there own. How are your two choices looking losers. (crickets)
Jan 31, 2012 12:19 AM CST
So typical of the Newser glib liberal hack reporters to post this propaganda just to prop up the Obamanation in the Oval Office. He is spending money our nation doesn't have just to support "baby daddies" in the inter-cities. I'm so sick and tired of this "bailout" and handout BS!