Skip to comments.The Hill Poll: Voters say Romney, Obama equal on issues of character
Posted on 07/30/2012 10:03:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Mitt Romney holds thin advantages over President Obama on leadership, personal values and honesty, according to a new poll for The Hill.
The poll, conducted for The Hill by Pulse Opinion Research, suggests voters see little difference between the candidates on character issues that Democrats have cited as key to Obamas appeal.
It found 48 percent of voters consider Romney the stronger leader, compared to 44 percent who favored Obama.
Similarly, 47 percent of likely voters also said Romney most shares their values while 44 percent picked Obama. When asked which candidate voters considered more honest and trustworthy, 46 percent said Romney and 44 percent said Obama a result within the polls 3 percentage point margin of error.
The results may prompt new questions about the effectiveness of the Obama campaigns effort to characterize Romney as a calculating former corporate executive who has little in common with ordinary voters.
The findings could also raise a red flag for Obama, who analysts say needs to maintain a strong personal connection with voters to balance off his chief political weakness the economy.
I think in a very close election which this one promises to be those intangibles do make a difference and it could be a decisive difference for some people, Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University, told The Hill.
Even before Romney was the [de facto Republican] nominee, Obamas character and personality always polled better than his policies and better than his performance, Jillson said. If he were being evaluated purely on performance, he would be in great difficulty.
The poll found 93 percent of voters consider policies and competence more important than likability when choosing who to support for president.
Jillson said the result shows voters care about the candidates policies, but he believes those personal characteristics actually [count] for far more than 3 percent in voter decision making.
Obama has generally fared better than Romney throughout the campaign in polls assessing the candidates personal qualities.
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That is frightening; America is in deep trouble. I’m no fan of Romney’s politics, but his character is pretty good for a politician.
And OJ Simpson was innocent.
Knowing what we know about Obama, and being one of those that know Mitt’s lifelong history, I would call their character about the same as well.
Interesting that they are even on the character issue in this article being as Obama has no positive character traits—doesn’t say much for the pollees.
But I am sure his “real estate guy” Rezko will vouch for him if they ever let him out of prison.
Democrats have a solid 43-46% on any issue
Carter got that in his landslide defeat by Reagan
This group will NEVER change no matter what happens
little in common with ordinary voters.
Speaking of little in common, just how many of us “ordinary” voters are Marxist communists like Obama?
Im no fan of Romneys politics
Romney has been running hard for four years to become president. He has had both staff and surrogates attack his opponent viciously. He has used the tactics of back stabbing and paid mouthpieces. He might stand a chance of winning if he would use those tactics against Obama instead of Palin.
Actions carry more weight than mere words. Look at Romney’s actions while governor of Massachusetts and the results of those actions. So! which of them, Obama or Romney will get us to that socialist dictatorship they so desire the quickest?
Now show me Romney’s “EVIL POSSE” list.
The left is trying to tag Romney a wimp. Implying, I guess, that Obama is the vision of manliness? Skinny necked, limp wristed,throws a ball and rides a bike like a girl Obama.
DNC/RNC = political elite
you had not noticed?
I answerd YOUR question.
You TOTALLY evaded answering mine.