President Obama, Mitt Romney and the empathy gap

Voters in a new Washington Post-Pew poll believe President Obama understands their problems better than Mitt Romney. 

Presidential elections are more about hearts than heads. That is, most voters — particularly those loosely affiliated with the two parties — tend to vote based more on how they feel about a particular candidate than about the specific policy positions that the candidate espouses…


Here’s a chart of how President Obama, Mitt Romney and former House speaker Newt Gingrich fare on what we like to call the “empathy question”: