CNN/ORC has a poll out that says pretty much what all the polls are saying, which is that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead heat among likely voters. The difference between the two candidates is in how voters perceive their personal characteristics:
According to the poll, 53% of likely voters say Obama cares about the needs of people, with 39% feeling the same way about the former Massachusetts governor. The president leads Romney in the poll by an equal margin when it comes to being in touch with the middle class. And six in ten say Obama is in touch with the problems facing women today, with just over three in ten feeling the same way about Romney.
For me, what is interesting is that while Obama has a big advantage on questions on “caring about people and understanding their concerns,” Romney is still able to hang in there because people give him better numbers on his skills as a manager and having a plan to solve the countries problems.
The challenge facing Romney at the GOP convention is to build on those managerial strengths while at the same trying to convince average Americans that he is in touch with their problems. Obama’s personal characteristics, for the moment, outshine Romney’s.
That’s a hell of a way to run an election campaign.