“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.”