If Herman Cain or Mitt Romney were a sixth grader ...
A focus group in Cincinnati, Ohio, was asked how elementary school classmates would describe the GOP candidates. Herman Cain was described as "Respected Friend." How did they describe Mitt Romney, and the rest?
If each of the GOP presidential candidates were in an elementary school class, what type of classmate would they be?
Decoder listened in on a focus group of a dozen voters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Monday evening, where the conversation ranged from Herman Cain (who â€śintriguedâ€ť nearly all the participants) to Occupy Wall St. (which evoked a general positive feeling, although not unanimous) to Barack Obamaâ€™s term in office (with responses all over the map.)
But perhaps most concisely pinning down how voters feel about the 2012 candidates was the aforementioned simple question from moderator Peter Hart of Hart Research, orchestrating the focus group on behalf of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Without further ado:
Barack Obama: Know-it-all
Herman Cain: Respected Friend
Mitt Romney: Rich Kid - one panelist going so far as to say â€śHe is the 1 percent.â€ť
Rick Perry: The Bully.
Hillary Clinton: Split between â€śTeacherâ€™s Petâ€ť and â€śHard Workerâ€ť
Newt Gingrich: The Nerd.
This exercise reminds DCDecoder of a survey by the Pew Research Center and Washington Post, which we reported on previously. It asked 1,007 people to describe the three leading GOP presidential candidates in one word. The results are indicative of the marketing challenges some candidates face, and the strengths of others.
Herman Cain: 9-9-9 (followed by "business," and "interesting")
Mitt Romney: "Mormon" (followed by "health care" and "flip flop")
Rick Perry: "Texas" (followed by "no," and "idiot")
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