The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Smaller, sim­pler, smarter. Be­lieve in Amer­ica.” That was the of­fi­cial motto of “Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent-Elect,” a web­site launched by Mitt Rom­ney’s cam­paign in late Oc­to­ber 2012. It was pub­licly vis­i­ble for a time, but quickly de­ac­ti­vated af­ter Mr. Rom­ney lost the elec­tion . Now the pub­lic ap­pears to have had a Rom­ney re­nais­sance of sorts. Among reg­is­tered vot­ers, Mr. Rom­ney bests Pres­i­dent Obama in a the­o­ret­i­cal re­match, 49 per­cent to 47 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a new Wash­ing­ton Post-ABC News.

Mr. Rom­ney also won in­de­pen­dents — 49 per­cent com­pared to Mr. Obama’s 39 per­cent. Among women, Mr. Rom­ney re­ceived 46 per­cent of the vote, Mr. Obama 49 per­cent. The pair tied among all Amer­i­cans, 47 per­cent to 47 per­cent and there were pre­dictable par­ti­san di­vides. Mr. Rom­ney won 90 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, Mr. Obama 89 per­cent Democrats. Dis­tinct de­mo­graphic pref­er­ences emerged.

Mr. Rom­ney gar­nered sup­port of “whites,” men, those 40 to 65 years old, vot­ers with a high school ed­u­ca­tion or less, those with some col­lege, con­ser­va­tives, vot­ers with an­nual in­comes be­tween $50,000 and 100,000 plus those who make more than $100,000. Vot­ers in the South, white evan­gel­i­cals, Protes­tants and Catholics also sup­port Mr. Rom­ney, the poll found.

Mr. Obama won among “non-whites,” mod­er­ates, those 18 to 34 years old, lib­er­als, those with post­grad­u­ate ed­u­ca­tions, vot­ers in the North­east and West and those with “no re­li­gion.” The pair tied among col­lege grad­u­ates and Mid­west­ern vot­ers. Oba­macare with­out ques­tion for years, re­spond­ing with af­fec­tion­ate cov­er­age that did lit­tle to in­form an in­creas­ingly alarmed pub­lic. Do news or­ga­ni­za­tions owe the na­tion a mea culpa now that health care re­form needs re­form?

“The past, so-called re­port­ing just proves the Amer­i­can pub­lic would have been bet­ter served lis­ten­ing to the warn­ings from tea party politi­cians than nearly any­one in the news me­dia. Th­ese jour­nal­ists should be em­bar­rassed and owe their view­ers and read­ers a big apol­ogy,” Brent Baker, vice pres­i­dent for re­search at the Me­dia Re­search Center, tells The Belt­way.

The con­ser­va­tive watch­dog has is­sued a Top 10 list of “things the me­dia wish they hadn’t said about Oba­macare.” In first place, it’s MSNBC host Ed Shultz, who told his au­di­ence in late Au­gust: “Make no mis­take. Oba­macare saves lives and it is good for Amer­ica. So much of what we see in the news is neg­a­tive. But you know what? It’s not neg­a­tive. This is the most pos­i­tive thing that this coun­try has done since the civil rights leg­is­la­tion that was passed back in the ’60s.” Deb­nam, pres­i­dent of the polling group. “Con­ser­va­tives have re­ally soured on him and are ready for some­one new.”

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