On a ship in a storm, whom would you rather have as the captain? Obama or Romney?

The question in the headline above is from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The tally of responses is reported HERE:

Forty-six percent of registered voters named Obama as their preferred captain, while 43 percent chose Romney. Among electorally critical independents, it was even closer on the “captain” question, with Romney taking 44 percent to 43 percent for Obama.

Why is the captain question so important to Romney? Because on virtually every other character attribute question, he is being swamped by Obama.

Who do you think would make a more loyal friend? Fifty percent of registered voters named Obama, while just 36 percent chose Romney. Fifty-two percent said they’d rather invite Obama to a dinner at their house, while just 33 percent chose Romney. Ditto who you’d rather have take care of you when you were sick: 49 percent chose Obama, while 36 opted for Romney.

Dismiss these sorts of poll questions if you want, but they speak to the broader perceptions that people have of the two men running for president. And perception/feel/heart has far more influence in determining how someone votes than do policies/head. Obama is the caring, friendly one. Romney has to be — repeat, HAS TO BE — the competent, trustworthy one.



  1. Luke Fredrickson

    I wonder if they asked, “Which man do you trust to post-humously baptize exterminated Jews into the Mormon religion?”

  2. The storm may already be here before we get to vote.


    An “angry crowd” marched on the U.S. compound Tuesday, furious about an American-produced online film considered offensive to Muslims, said Libya’s Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif .

    The U.S. mission in Egypt was also attacked Tuesday in response to the film depicting the prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer.

    Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador to be killed in an attack since 1979.

    Libya’s Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib apologized “to the American people and the government, and also to the rest of the world” for the “cowardly criminal act.”

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton identified a second victim as Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer who was a 10-year veteran of the State Department, a husband and a father of two.

    The two other victims have not been named.

    Marine reinforcements to Benghazi Consulate security staff opened fire after they heard gunfire outside the mission, Al-Sharif said.

    “This led to more anger and this is when the consulate was stormed,” he said, suggesting that people loyal to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi were aiming to create chaos among the protesters.

    “Criminals managed to get in and they burned and ransacked the consulate,” he said.

    The U.S. mission is very badly damaged and was being looted on Wednesday, said a contractor working at the mission, who asked not to be named for security reasons.

    He said he saw the bodies of all four Americans on the street Wednesday morning.

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