Obama’s job approval ticks up a point in March, while poll shows he leads “swing independents”

posted at 3:06 pm on April 9, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Long ago, when I competed in pageants (and I think I’ve referenced this before), a coach told me shrewdly, “You don’t necessarily have to impress the judges. You just have to make them like you.” It’s sad, but true — and as sad and as true when applied to politics as to pageants. (Electoral politics, after all, has a kind of pageantry all its own.) If a judge likes a candidate, he’ll overlook a halting response to an interview question, a slight trip on the stage, an imperfectly fitted dress. Similarly, if voters like a politician, they’ll overlook unimpressive speeches, poor policies, blatant politicization of even the least political elements of our culture. The reverse is also true. If a judge dislikes a candidate, he won’t be impressed with clean execution in competition. If anything, a flawless performance will make him like her less, perceive her as “too perfect” and somehow not “all-American.” If voters dislike a politician, they won’t hand him an election on the basis of an impressive record and impeccable campaign trail performance.

The likability factor just might be Barack Obama’s trump card. Today offers two signs that Obama is as likable as ever.

Firstly, Obama’s approval rating ticked up a point in March, according to Gallup.

President Obama’s average monthly job approval rating has been inching up since last fall, rising from 41% in October to 45% in January, and reaching 46% in March. As his approval rating has expanded, and despite the variety of issues that have emerged at different times during his presidency, most of the demographic patterns of support for Obama seen at the outset of his presidency remain fixed. Groups that are above average in support for the president have stayed at roughly the same level above his overall approval rating from month to month, and those below average have also stayed roughly the same distance below his overall rating.

Secondly, a new poll by Global Strategy Group for Third Way shows that swing independents in 12 key states consider themselves closer ideologically to Mitt Romney than Obama — but still like Obama better. Politico reports:

Obama won 57 percent of this group in 2008. In this poll, which took place in mid-March, he led Romney 44 percent to 38 percent.

Yet when asked to assign a number on a scale of one to nine (one being liberal, nine being conservative and five being moderate), the swing independents put themselves at an average of 5.2 — slightly right of center — ranking Romney at 6.1 and Obama at 3.9.

“There’s definitely some good news for Obama. It’s not shocking to any of us that he’s very likable … Romney’s ideology is much closer to where they see themselves, but the likability factor isn’t there for him,” said Lanae Erickson, the deputy director of Third Way’s social policy and politics program, who has written a 12-page memo on the results.

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level. He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

It’s hard to gauge how politicians acquire fixed descriptors. The “likable” Obama and the “distant” Mitt Romney are caricatures of both men. Obama is often condescending and insulting, Romney often self-deprecating and awkwardly endearing. The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president. At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.


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The gods must be crazy.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

when I competed in pageants

Pics or it didn’t happen.

pedestrian on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The phony war on women won’t last. Romney’s death star will soon be trained on him.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Why would “swing independents” personally like our nominee when Santorum and Gingrich are basically saying he’s Satan? This will all change once the campaign begins in full.

SouthernGent on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

What is an ‘independent’?

Zero has polarized this country to such an extent that the ‘independents’ are mythological. You are either with the radical socialist regime we have now or you are against it.

CorporatePiggy on April 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The gods must be crazy.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Are Coke bottles falling from the sky again?

Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I think people in these polls will just say they like Obama so that they don’t get perceived by the pollster as racist. We’ll see how many actually pull the lever for him in November.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

No…we don’t like Mitt Romney….it’s just that we don’t like Obamba even more.

Polls are easy to manipulate. And any shred of believability in polls should be gone from any reasonable person’s mind at this point.

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

“I’ll be here all week. And try the Surf and Turf.”

vityas on April 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM

“Hope ‘n Shame” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:13 PM

The gods left the land.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

People in general where this is all concerned are – stupid. The conservatives, for cutting their own throats and the libs (pronounced socialists), for just being who they are naturally.

Of course, soiclialists and radicals would like the current socialist-in-chief – he follows their agenda for radical communist change.

People better get out there and support Romney whether you like him or not. If the will of the people is as strong as we hope it will be, he will do what we tell him to do.

I’d vote for any Republican opposed to the loser in the oval office now.

HomeoftheBrave on April 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Pics or it didn’t happen.

pedestrian on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

She’s talked about it before. You can find pics(low res ones unfortunately) pretty easily on Google.

Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

But … Romney is a Conservative/Moderate!!! /s

The Liberal RINO has been found out. Game over.

DannoJyd on April 9, 2012 at 3:14 PM

What is an ‘independent’?

CorporatePiggy on April 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

More important….what the heck is a “swing independant”??

tencole on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I’m not sure why wife-swapping independents would like Obama.

The Rogue Tomato on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

This drives me insane, but you’re right, he’s polling “likable.” What I’d like to see is a presidential candidate who can bring on the unhinged, petty, petulant, foot-stomping, lip-sticking-out pouty pretense that is the current president. He’s childish, mean-spirited, condescending, and just plain nasty . . . how can anyone “like him as a person”? Mind-boggling.

Fuzzy on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

pedestrian on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Miss Teen Northwest Arkansas

Oh yeah…

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

More race baiting by Gallup. In the ballot box the real answers will come out and the Obumbler will be gone! Then we can all go back to being called racists and you know what? As long as Barry O is the “former president of the US” call me whatever you like!!!

Tbone McGraw on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Gallup also has 50% of America saying Obama’s presidency has been a failure- higher than the numbers saying they approve. His polling on the issues are miserable- especially domestic.

So his approval is based strongly on personal likeability, which will be a hard sell to people in November if they are still scraping by.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

We have too many ignorant and gullible people in our country.

FireBlogger on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

Sorry. No can do.

I can say I dislike The One more than I dislike Mittens, though.

Enough to get off my duff on Election Day?

Remains to be seen….

Bruno Strozek on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

reverse bradley effect

t8stlikchkn on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Righties are hypocrits.

Lefties are looters, at worst, moochers, at best.

The media, most of them, are in Obama’s azz. Suffocate from what you eat, what you dwell in, you morons.

Most people in the U.S. are ignorant.

“From Diapers to Depends” — Obama 2012

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

The increase in the percentage of the easily mentally manipulated in America will lead to an increase of the number of daily lies which spew forth from this evil, criminal, corrupt administration. Arrest Barack Obama for using a STOLEN social security number NOW!!!

wtng2fish on April 9, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The gods must be crazy.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Onoit’sthatpeoplearereallyreallystupid!

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Three cheers for the clueless citzenry!

yhxqqsn on April 9, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The gods must be crazy.
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Are Coke bottles falling from the sky again?
Doughboy on April 9, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I dont know what it is but it’s causing a lot of heartache & misery in GOP land.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

If part of his reelection strategy is to go out and whine about the Supreme Court, the GOP, Bush, ATMs, then his numbers will go down. And there is no indication that the Whiner-in-Chief is going to sing a different tune.

No one likes a whiner, not even a likable whiner.

Remember during the primary with Hillary, we saw a shrill, nasty oaf just below the surface. During the general election, with the incompetent McCain as an opponent, Obama could return to the unruffled sophisticate, which a lot rubes bought into. But if Romney can get under Obama’s skin–and look how he has demented his Republican opponents–then we may yet see the real Obama, the adolescent narcissist that swims divinely in the waters of hatred.

EMD on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

And Romney is down by 8 points in Ohio in general election polls. Don’t know what that means nationally, but it doesn’t make Romney look like Mr. Electability.

Buckshot Bill on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Likeability has very little to do about wanting someone in an elected office.

I’ll vote for people I don’t like if I think they are capable of doing the job right. Liking has nothing to do with it… emotional response is only something the ill-informed will go by. And if you are buying groceries or gasoline, you have a wealth of information about how well the economy is doing under Obama’s form of government.

ajacksonian on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

We all know who he trumps in that category. Our inevitable guy has already been tainted as patrician, stiff and outta touch with an elevator for his car.

Kissmygrits on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The likability factor just might be Barack Obama’s trump card. Today offers two signs that Obama is as likable as ever.

I’m puzzled by that. He’s never seemed especially likable to me, more like a condescending, sneering know-it-all who actually knows very little.

rbj on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I’m not sure why wife-swapping independents would like Obama.

The Rogue Tomato on April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

How about “Husband-swapping-swing-independents”?

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

People only like the passive-aggressive narcissistic arrogant goon because they know so little about anything.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Yeah but what about bop independents?

Akzed on April 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Swingers swing both ways

faraway on April 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

lol at 46% ….um Congrats?

Obama needs to consistently hit +50% approval and +50% vs Romney to have any chance at reelection

Romney has consistenly polled within the MOE vs Obama according to the RCP Avg

Obama under 50% and
Romney within MOE = President Willard

corujodp on April 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Wow, I thought there were only maybe 100 million stupid people in this country. Might actually be pushing 150 million by now, given this polling data.

Thanks public schools, lazy people, irresponsible parents and biased media.

fogw on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

What is it that makes him so likable? His narcissism? His arrogance? His elitism? His race-baiting? His sociopathic tendencies? Perhaps lib4lifeLIBFREEORDIE or one of the other lefty regulars can enlighten me on what they “like” so much about this President.
Come on, let’s hear it.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician.

1. Mitt Romney is also Harvard-educated, is that an argument you want to be making surrounding likeability at all.

2. You’re suggesting that most Americans would negatively judge someone merely based on their attending an Ivy League college. That’s pretty lame.

3. The aloof charge makes no sense in light of conservative criticism of Obama. The constant harping that the President has “inserted himself” into this or that situation that is only tangentially political (Trayvon, Augusta, NCAA brackets etc. etc.) Also, whether they are all masterfully staged or genuine, the President is photographed and videotaped interacting with everyday people with ease and aplomb on a regular basis. If anything he is aloof towards certain world leaders, but when it comes to everyday-retail politics the man knows what he is doing. This isn’t the way you guys are going to win. I’d teach you how, but I’d have to charge.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Internals or it didn’t happen.

Kelligan on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I dont know what it is but it’s causing a lot of heartache & misery in GOP land.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Nonsense. There’s 7 months to go.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Just another case of the media blowing multi-colored smoke up your a%s…

… Feels kind of nice, doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“Likability.” Not much. The breeze is nice on this thread however. 0 is done!

Bmore on April 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“[T]he adolescent narcissist that swims divinely in the waters of hatred.”

EMD on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Eloquent.

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I just saw a pig fly past my window…

PatriotRider on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Well they told us to shut up and vote Romney…

social-justice on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Marvelous!

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I think people in these polls will just say they like Obama so that they don’t get perceived by the pollster as racist. We’ll see how many actually pull the lever for him in November.

Bitter Clinger on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 PM

I’ve read this theory many times and I just don’t get it. Who gives a flying rat’s butt what some anonymous pollster thinks about them? I don’t care. Hell, half the time I don’t care what people I actually know think about me, so I sure don’t care what some person, I don’t know, on the other end of a phone line thinks of me and my opinions.

Sheesh.

totherightofthem on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The personal “likability” number is overstated because Obama’s black.

I know that’s politically incorrect to say that, but let’s be honest, if you don’t “like” Obama, you must be a closet racist. Right? You are simply not allowed to hate Obama like we were allowed to hate Bush. Period. If right now, Biden was President, I guarantee you his numbers would be in the 30s.

Obama’s “true” approval rating is the number for how he’s handling the economy.

Also, take in consideration, likability is not going to keep you in office. Jimmy Carter was an awful President that Americans tossed to the curb, but I would say even among Conservatives, Carter was not hated on a personal level, he was just a horrible President with no leadership and destructive policies.

BradTank on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Give the media credit for a job well done for censoring from the unassuming public any negs on Mr. Ocommie – a lot of likely voters didn’t even hear about the Russian wink wink deal Ocommie made to Medvedev.

THATS what “negative” campaign ads are all about, Exposing the truth from obie mis-speaks.

And more Joe Wilson (SC) YOU LIE moments are needed

FlaMurph on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

My problem is not so much with Mitt himself although he is a really bad Pol. Its his campaign team that stinks.

It wont be hard to get on the team as a conservative if Team O is insulting the mans new house and 2 caddy’s, all im going to say about that is why not 7 caddy’s?

or listening Martin Bashir call all of us Racists together with a sitting congress men. we need the white house bad those people are nuts.

boogaleesnots on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

3. The aloof charge makes no sense in light of conservative criticism of Obama. The constant harping that the President has “inserted himself” into this or that situation that is only tangentially political (Trayvon, Augusta, NCAA brackets etc. etc.) Also, whether they are all masterfully staged or genuine, the President is photographed and videotaped interacting with everyday people with ease and aplomb on a regular basis. If anything he is aloof towards certain world leaders, but when it comes to everyday-retail politics the man knows what he is doing. This isn’t the way you guys are going to win. I’d teach you how, but I’d have to charge.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Aloof meaning he doesn’t have any genuine interest in these things beyond how he can exploit them for himself. Why do you think he’s avoided the biggest issues threatening our future- debt and entitlements? It’s a political loser for him, despite being of utmost importance to the rest of us.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Obama can’t even reach 45% of swing independents, a group he won 57% of in 2008, in the middle of a Republican primary battle.

midgeorgian on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Internals or it didn’t happen.

Kelligan on April 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Exactly!

Who really IS Ellie Light?

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

For a moment there I thought it was Ed who competed in pageants.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

A poll where and incumbent is at less than 50% approval is not a good one for any incumbent.

itsspideyman on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

RINOs demanded purity.

faraway on April 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

It’s gotta be the kool-aid

cmsinaz on April 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The phony war on women won’t last. Romney’s death star will soon be trained on him.

rubberneck on April 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM

There is the true danger of the ‘collective’ attacks from the National Socialist Left on freedom.

Call it a War on Liberty or whatever, the fact is the Left is pushing an agenda that will have the end effect of Downgrading freedom.

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

For a moment there I thought it was Ed who competed in pageants.

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

That would be a drag…

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

So, Tina is a beauty queen just like that Palin woman?

faraway on April 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Cross-tabs please.

If the ugly Obama who was all over the news last week keeps appearing, expect these numbers to nose dive.

Dee2008 on April 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Well they told us to shut up and vote Romney…

social-justice on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hey Ed, you missed one of liberal4life’s sock puppets.

HumpBot Salvation on April 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

if this guy wins re-election im outta here for 4 years at least and I will leave the door open.

losarkos on April 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Sorry, this poll is worthless! April Fools! Seven months to go….relax!

tomshup on April 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

I have had things stuck on the bottom of my shoe that I liked more (and actually respected more) than Barack Obama.

NoDonkey on April 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

A “swing independent”…. is that like fake margarine? Joking aside, I am terrified that the GOP will fall on it’s face again. God help the Republic.

ultracon on April 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

p.s.

this is the kinda man you either dislike or not, there is no in between with this fellow. and i mean his policies!

losarkos on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I dont know what it is but it’s causing a lot of heartache & misery in GOP land.
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Nonsense. There’s 7 months to go.
Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I was expecting you to say the poll was rigged with disproportionate sampling of libs. I guess this would do for NOW.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Of COURSE he is polling well – the GOP is too busy selecting their own candidate to begin holding the mirror up to the Obama administration. The fact is Obama can’t stand up to the scrutiny of his own 2008 candidacy PLATORM let alone that of his time in office AS President, but so far he had not had to. And for the most part he hasn’t done anything other than campaign for re-election, which has mostly kept him out of Washington where he usually really doinks things up. Of course the media, as during his 2008 election, is helping him both by airing his propoganda (“War on Women’ BS) while simultaneously refusing to report damaging news like Obama hosting the Muslim Brotherhood at the White House last week. For example — While declaring the GOP was ‘hostile’ towards women, had the news media reported that Obama was hosting the Brotherhood, who hold fast to their promise that the highly oppressive Anti-women Sharia law would dictate every law passed and enforced in Egypt should they win the Presidency, Obama’s hypocrisy would be further exposed and his ‘like-ability’ rating would have taken a serious nose-dive!

easyt65 on April 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Political Definitions:

Independent: A person who doesn’t know enough about politics to form a knowledgeable opinion about which party they prefer. Instead of political positions, they make subjective judgements based upon who is the best looking, has the best smile, can shoot a basketball and sings well.

mitchellvii on April 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level. He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

Oh please! They are completely different species. O is a haughty Cultural-Marxist academic who has never worked in the private sector; an arrogant, vain, narcissist. R left Harvard upon getting a joint MBA/law degree to work in the private sector, and to say he is “aloof” is an unsupportable charge. Stiff? Awkward? Sure, I’ll give you that, but neither of those words are synonymous with aloof, which is best described as, “distant, unsympathetic, or supercilious in manner, attitude, or feeling”.

But yeah, I fail to understand how people fail to see through O’s veneer and conclude he’s “likeable”. These people must be susceptible to the charms of street hustlers…

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

It has come to this.. I feel for you guys.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I was expecting you to say the poll was rigged with disproportionate sampling of libs. I guess this would do for NOW.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

RCP average is just under Obama +5 vs Romney- most of the polls are registered voters. Not the place Obama wants to be as a “popular” president, historically speaking. Carter was crushing Reagan at this point.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The key, I think, is for conservatives and Republicans to stop disparaging Mitt Romney as unable to connect with the average American. He’s far above average in every respect, it’s true — but he has a respect for hardworking Americans that Obama often seems to lack and he has far more leadership experience in both the private and public sector than Barack Obama did when he became president.

Sing out, Louise! Right on….

exliberal on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Well they told us to shut up and vote Romney…

social-justice on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

No, the message was grow up. Period.

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I was expecting you to say the poll was rigged with disproportionate sampling of libs. I guess this would do for NOW.

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

One of the givens of any of the major polling organizations is that even though when they poll for party ID Rep./Ind./Dem. has been leaning Rep for many months now, they can only ever find 10% or so more Dems for “Do you like Obamba?” or “Isn’t the evil Republican party going to fail?” questions “need” to be polled.

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

It’s a bit of a mystery as to why Barack Obama appeals so strongly to so many voters on a personal level.

It’s easier to poll dead people than it is to get their vote.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

RCP average is just under Obama +5 vs Romney- most of the polls are registered voters. Not the place Obama wants to be as a “popular” president, historically speaking. Carter was crushing Reagan at this point.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Yea riiiiiiiiiiight. Don’t worry, Sketch has this locked down.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Obama unfortunately has that “cool” factor just like W and Clinton did. People can imagine themselves sitting down and hanging out with him.

In addition, people have been seeing the “mean” side of the right lately. This long primary process has made the President look nicer in comparison. And after all that, we’ve ended up with the “uncool” Romney.

McDuck on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Yea riiiiiiiiiiight. Don’t worry, Sketch has this locked down.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I believe you are right.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

But yeah, I fail to understand how people fail to see through O’s veneer and conclude he’s “likeable”. These people must be susceptible to the charms of street hustlers…

Buy Danish on April 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Have you ever thought maybe you are the one with the problem?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I believe you are right.

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Please do!

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Another thing I wonder about this “likeable” President: If he’s so personally “likeable,” why don’t more Democrat politicians up for reelection want to be seen on the campaign trail with him? Why do campaigning Democrats, for the most part, avoid public association with him? Does that make sense for someone who’s so personally popular?

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Let’s face it, if this article is true, then it means that the majority of people are IDIOTS that should not be allowed to vote. If they vote this monkey back in the wh, they deserve whatever they get from him the next four years. What morons.

rjulio on April 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Obama unfortunately has that “cool” factor just like W and Clinton did. People can imagine themselves sitting down and hanging out with him.

McDuck on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

OR hanging with the elegant First Lady

Roy Rogers on April 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

totherightofthem on April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Sorry, but this is a well researched issue in polling. It’s called social acceptability (as in respondents want to answer in a socially acceptable way). Your best defense against it is with carefully worded questions.

There’s certainly enough shenanigans with samples in polls today to make one suspect the questions could be also be faulty. And given that the issue here is whether answer choice might make the respondent appear racist, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance that social acceptability could have swayed the results in these polls.

Dee2008 on April 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Long ago, when I competed in pageants

a winning way to start any opinion piece

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

But…But…But…independents love Romney, that is why he is so strong….
The most important part of winning an election? People have to like you, and have to like your supporters.

Romney hates conservatives, and his supporters echo that everyday on this site…one of the most powerful conservative sites on the internet.
A site that is also monitored and read by independents…why would they want to get tangled up with a bunch of whining, liberal supporting, religious fanatics?
Everyone gets turned off when Mitt supporters say “What suit does Jesus wear today” or some such nonsense.
Or when it is pointed out, an obvious Mitt liberal position, “No he never said that”, while the video of him saying it is in the background.

Mitt has for years been considered not approachable, distant, not being able to connect…and his supporters don’t soften that, they make it a reality.

Mitt needs to mend fences…or he will never be elected.

right2bright on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Obama’s popularity isn’t so much about him. It is about the narrative. Smart people voted for Obama. Not racist people voted for Obama. It is easy to rationalize the emotionally satisfying.

Once the rationalization has been made, it is very difficult for most folks to look back and admit they were wrong, despite ample evidence to support that conclusion.

On the other hand, there are a whole lot of folks out there who won’t admit they voted for Obama the last time around. They may never admit their mistake, and be in denial over it, but they sure as Hell won’t be voting for him again.

novaculus on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Why do campaigning Democrats, for the most part, avoid public association with him? Does that make sense for someone who’s so personally popular?

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Bingo…..add to that his party’s vote of “no confidence” on his budget and you get the real picture.

oldroy on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Yea riiiiiiiiiiight. Don’t worry, Sketch has this locked down.

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I’m not saying that. I’m saying taking the polls 7 months out and saying it’s over is stupid.

But as we all know, you were one of the Obama-fellating asshats on Friday who was trumpeting how wonderful the jobs report was without actually reading or understanding it. So you’re going to have the same story no matter what.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

In addition, people have been seeing the “mean” side of the right lately. This long primary process has made the President look nicer in comparison.

LOL!!
Yes, the Punk-In-Chief certainly seemed downright affable when he challenged and threatened the Supreme Court last week.

Oh, you were serious?

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM

At this point, we have to be willing to say it: We like Mitt Romney.

but not yet believe it obviously!

DBear on April 9, 2012 at 3:46 PM

No, the message was grow up. Period.

cicerone on April 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

A candidate is known also by who he attracts as a supporter…you are a good example of why Mitt can’t move up in the polls.

If you can’t support Mitt, than you must not be an “adult”…yeah, the independents will love that bumper sticker.

right2bright on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Have you ever thought maybe you are the one with the problem?

Uppereastside on April 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Maybe child, if you gave us good reasons for this being a valid poll, you would have more sway. Face it. Some little tard from a city of people who can’t even feed themselves, just slinging his poo, probably isn’t very convincing.

Now be a good little tool and explain to us how this particular Ivy League Poli Sci retard you refer to as President, can take this country to new heights of prosperity by printing money.

MNHawk on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

He’s a Harvard-educated, Chicago-honed, aloof politician. He’s not so different in those respects than the Harvard-educated, Boston-honed, aloof Mitt Romney.

When did going to Harvard become a bad thing? Is the inverse true? Would you be impressed and excited to vote for a HS dropout? How uneducated does a person have to be before you like them?
Do you hold it against your doctor that s/he went to med school?

tmchugh on April 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Mitt has for years been considered not approachable, distant, not being able to connect…and his supporters don’t soften that, they make it a reality.

Mitt needs to mend fences…or he will never be elected.

right2bright on April 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I have found the arrogance and the petulant name-calling of many of Mitt’s supporters on HA to be far more loathsome than I find Mitt himself to be.

Right Mover on April 9, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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