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Romney Policies May Trump Obama 'Likability'
IBD ^ | 08/29/2012 | Michael Barone

Posted on 08/29/2012 6:45:25 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

TAMPA, Fla. — The Republicans who are assembled here have been told time and time again that Barack Obama's great advantage over Mitt Romney is likability.

And many of the 15,000 or so journalists who endured the gusts of rain on Monday and groaned in the sun on the 1.5-mile walk from the nearest parking lot to the metal detectors outside the convention press center have been writing and sound-biting that the chief task of the Romney campaign is to introduce Romney's personal background and character to the public to improve his favorability ratings.

Both talking points are true, but only (in an old journalistic phrase) up to a point.

The latest ABC/Washington Post poll, for example, reported that when asked which of the two candidates was more likable, 61% picked Obama and only 27% said Romney. That looks like a huge advantage.

But when you look at what pollsters call their favorable/unfavorables, the contrast is much less distinct. Obama's balance in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls is 49% favorable, 45% unfavorable.

Romney's are 43% favorable, 43% unfavorable. Weaker, but not a whole lot. A successful convention could put Romney's numbers up around Obama's, or higher — just Team Obama's campaigning seems to have weighed his down.

As for likability, it's more important in some elections than in others. Bob Grady, who worked on George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign, tells how Bush turned a deficit going into the conventions into a lead in the polls.

Focus groups tested the response to speeches by Bush and his opponent, Michael Dukakis. Dukakis came out ahead. But when the focus groups were shown a generic TV newscaster type reading the two texts, the Bush message was the winner.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012issues; barone; likability; obama; romney

1 posted on 08/29/2012 6:45:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just puzzled, and I do mean this sincerely without trying to denigrate him at all, exactly what is it about Obama that makes him likable?

I keep reading about this so called, likability time and again, but don’t really see anything there...


2 posted on 08/29/2012 6:48:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Still don't see where the hell anyone finds anything likable about Zero.

He's a spoiled brat baby boy who's never had to do a day's work in his life.

3 posted on 08/29/2012 6:48:46 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind
You and me both.

He's petulant, abrasive and arrogant!

4 posted on 08/29/2012 6:49:58 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind

I remember them saying the same thing about Clinton...


5 posted on 08/29/2012 6:53:37 PM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: SeekAndFind

Agree - come down to the essentials, it’s not about likability. Hey, folks, we’re not electing a high school prom king!


6 posted on 08/29/2012 6:53:52 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties, we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: SeekAndFind

Same here.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 6:54:13 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Since most people don’t like being unemployed I doubt Obama’s likeability factor is as high as the media believes. In fact the groups (young people trying to enter the workforce and minorities) who supposedly liked him so much the first time around are the ones most affected by his failure to turn the economy around. They aren’t going to fall for it again. The may not vote GOP but they will probably just stay home, which is as good as a vote.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Northern Yankee

Yeah, well, you see, he’s got this big smile and waves a lot... (sarc off)


9 posted on 08/29/2012 6:55:43 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Our liberties, we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: SeekAndFind
The first time my Elderly Aunt heard Obama speak, she told me he was a Phony.

My Aunt lost her sight over 60 years ago due to Glaucoma, and she calls em like she hears em.

10 posted on 08/29/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I keep reading about this so called, likability time and again, but don’t really see anything there...

What is so likeable about him? I couldn't stand him from the start. He is a phony. Just like Carter whom I also didn't vote for.

My first vote was for Gerald Ford and I didn't really like him either -- but I realized he wasn't as bad as Carter.

Whatever my many bad points, at least I never voted to put the country in danger as many others did in 75 and 2008.

11 posted on 08/29/2012 7:03:19 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't like 0bama not because he is half white, or half black. I don't like 0bama because he is fully marxist.

Plus, I don't like 0bama because he may be a closet muslim, closet homosexual or a closet Kenyan. Who really knows?

5.56mm

12 posted on 08/29/2012 7:04:33 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: ArmyTeach
Yeah, well, you see, he’s got this big smile and waves a lot... (sarc off)

"...one may smile, and smile, and be a villain." - Hamlet

13 posted on 08/29/2012 7:08:39 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: ArmyTeach
Hey, folks, we’re not electing a high school prom king!

Well actually we'd better be doing just that... Electing former prom king Ryan to VP!!! Certainly better than their lead candidate's pot king crown.

14 posted on 08/29/2012 7:10:31 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama has all the characteristics of a man I would not like, or speak with. I am NOT talking about his skin color. He just seems so self-absorbed and creepy.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

I never understood this likability thing for Obama. I find him offputting — arrogant, haughty, petulant, extremely partisan, not very glib without a teleprompter, insincere and phony. And no, it has nothing to do with race, although I imagine the reason a lot of people say he is likable may that they don’t want to be thought of as racist.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 7:22:23 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: SeekAndFind

Condi rocked the house tonight. what an plus she is ..I think we all understand the importance of why Obama must go .


17 posted on 08/29/2012 7:23:55 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SeekAndFind
This likeability question is driven by the media.

The media makes people feel GUILTY if you do not like Barry because then you must not like him because you are a racist.

I don't like Barry because he is typical elitist condescending Ivy League educated law professor who was trained as a Chicago machine politician and collected friends like Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers.

Black has nothing to do with it just as being Jewish has nothing to do with my dislike of Rahm Emmanuel, Irish catholic has nothing to do with my dislike of the Kennedys and Mormon has nothing to do with my dislike of Mittens.

I do not find condescending elitists who cannot connect with the working middle class likeable.

Since Ronald Reagan left office, there has not been much to like because the nation has become morally and fiscally bankrupt by elitists of both parties who are globalists and like big government even if it destroys the working middle class.

18 posted on 08/29/2012 7:25:40 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: SeekAndFind
Bush left office with a high likability number.

People liked him, they just thought he sucked as President.<[> Likeability is a nonsensical base to hang electoral hopes on. But when, like the Democrats, your candidates are bereft of ideas or solutions, "Likeability" apparently is all they have left.

19 posted on 08/29/2012 7:32:53 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Likability?

Likability????

He’s an obnoxious, self-obsessive, ethically challenged, wasteful, socialist, lying phony, for crying out loud.

There’s NOTHING to like!


20 posted on 08/29/2012 7:49:19 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: M Kehoe

“I don’t like 0bama because he may be a closet muslim, closet homosexual or a closet Kenyan. Who really knows?”

I go with all of the above.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 8:16:37 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: SeekAndFind

The word that comes to my mind is loathsome. How could anybody whose favorite word is “I” and who carries himself with an air of condescending arrogance be considered “likable”? This is just another myth about the fraud that the media repeats ad infinitum in the hope it is taken as true and the Republicans are too afraid of their own shadows to call them on it. In reality the Emperor is not only buck naked, he’s a boor.


22 posted on 08/29/2012 8:17:18 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: SeekAndFind

>> exactly what is it about Obama that makes him likable?

Can’t help you there, FRiend... my white-hot animosity for that Kenyan SOB would power several medium-sized swing-state towns, if it could be harnessed and turned into steam...


23 posted on 08/29/2012 8:24:46 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m just puzzled, and I do mean this sincerely without trying to denigrate him at all, exactly what is it about Obama that makes him likable?

I keep reading about this so called, likability time and again, but don’t really see anything there...


It’s a ploy to make us think we are missing something since we don’t approve of how he’s doing the job.

Bringing up like ability with no definition of what is means is worthless.

Very similar to the non specificity of “ Hope & Change”


24 posted on 08/29/2012 8:25:18 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: Northern Yankee

His daily schedules are a joke. He doesn’t work at all.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 8:27:12 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: SeekAndFind
I’m just puzzled, and I do mean this sincerely without trying to denigrate him at all, exactly what is it about Obama that makes him likable?

I keep reading about this so called, likability time and again, but don’t really see anything there...

He's black. And the prevailing wisdom is: If you don't like Barack Obama, you're a racist.

Consequently, the high "likeability" factor.

It won't mean squat in the voting booth.

26 posted on 08/29/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kickass Conservative
My Aunt lost her sight over 60 years ago due to Glaucoma, and she calls em like she hears em.

I recall a psychological test conducted in the UK some years ago. It was referred to as "Find the Liar".

Several groups were exposed to videos of three people telling a story about themselves. One of them was lying. Which one was it?

Then, the groups were exposed to audio tapes of the same three people telling another story about themselves. Again, which one was lying?

Finally, the groups were exposed to one page stories written by the same three people. Again, one was lying. Who?

The results were rather remarkable. As I recall, the liar was correctly identified by around 15% of the audience in the video, by about 30% of the audience in print...and by over 75% in the audio version.

Good listeners can learn a lot.

27 posted on 08/29/2012 8:42:26 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: MNJohnnie
Likability is important. It has been proven time and time again by pollsters, people won't vote for someone they don't like. People want to vote for someone they like.

However, my own theory is that when people are asked who they voted for, they will invariably say they liked him, too; whereas, yesterday, they would have said they don't like him.

28 posted on 08/29/2012 8:51:38 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: Unam Sanctam

His ‘likability’ is a fabrication just like the rest of him. Same with Michelle’s “elegant fashion”.


29 posted on 08/29/2012 9:09:42 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: okie01
My Aunt is 88 Years Old. I have Posted about her on many occasions. I look after her, but she lives alone and does pretty well. She is my Political sounding board. I turned her from a New York Democrat into a California (yeah I know) Conservative Republican. Common Sense trumps all.

When I hear people complaining about their lot in life. I always imagine how they would feel going Blind because there were no treatments available to them. Had my Aunt been born 20 years later, she would have probably been sighted to one degree or another for most of her adult life.

Her Late Husband lost his sight to Doctors who treated his eye irritation with X Rays, seriously. He went from 20/20 vision to seeing only shadows and movement when treated by VA Doctors back in the early 50’s. They didn't have a clue what they were doing and he suffered for it. He had every right to be angry, but he was the nicest person I've ever known.

Even with the lousy cards they were dealt, My Aunt and Uncle never complained as much as the typical Democrats I might have the displeasure of meeting. As my Late Mother always said, some people have too much time on their hands, so they spend their time thinking of things to complain about.

Oh yeah, my Aunt's “Phoniness” Meter accuracy is about pretty close to 90%. She really can call em as she hears em. LOL

30 posted on 08/29/2012 9:18:47 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Fascinating story. Thanks for sharing.

My very best to your aunt.

May we all face adversity with such equanimity and grace.

31 posted on 08/29/2012 10:22:30 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Blindness is my Room 101.


32 posted on 08/29/2012 11:04:34 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: dandiegirl
Yes ma'am!

He's taken more vacations in one year than I've taken in ten. (Not an exaggeration...)

I gotta get out more! * grins

33 posted on 08/30/2012 4:08:54 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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