In his consensus debate victory, Mitt Romney did a lot to tear down the portrait the Obama campaign has painted of him over the course of the entire summer. Nowhere is that more evident than in his improved image with the middle class in a new Pew Research poll released Monday. For most of the campaign, Romney has trailed President Obama on the issue of who would do more to help the middle class. That problem was amplified after Romney’s controversial “47 per cent” comments from a private fundraiser in June.
Now, though, according to the Pew poll, the two candidates are virtually tied on which candidate would better aid the middle class.
Here’s a look:
Photo: Pew Research
In July, Obama held a 10-point lead on the issue. Now, the two candidates are at the same level — even though many more people do think Romney’s policies help the wealthy than Obama’s. Romney’s improved numbers on middle class issues helped contribute to his first overall net favourable rating in Pew’s survey.
This is a crucial reason why The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan had a meltdown over the poll numbers Monday:
Look: I’m trying to rally some morale, but I’ve never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in the way Obama did last week – throw away almost every single advantage he had with voters and manage to enable his opponent to seem as if he cares about the middle class as much as Obama does.
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