Let’s move beyond superficial concerns, such as the singing ability of President Obama and Mitt Romney. Let’s now focus on the important question of whether either man understands the problems that average Americans face. The question is as important as it is squishy because the answer is from the gut. With all the problems facing the country and Obama’s reputation for being remote, you’d think he’d lose on this front. But you’d be wrong.
The latest Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll shows that 55 percent of those surveyed believe Obama “fairly well” or “very well” “understands the problems of average Americans.” Only 39 percent believe that of Romney, who barely edged out the 36 percent who think Newt Gingrich understands the problems of average Americans.
This is a good sign for the president. It shows that all that fighting for the middle class that he’s been doing since last September is paying off. If only he could get his job approval rating that high.