The 47 percent tape is devastating because it reinforces people’s beliefs about whose interests a Romney presidency would really protect.
If Romney is going to change those perceptions during the debates, the new Post/ABC News poll suggests he faces some serious challenges.
Obama still holds an overwhelming advantage on who understands people’s economic problems, 52-39. Sixty-six percent say Obama does more to favor the middle class than the wealthy, while 57 percent say Romney would do more to favor the rich. Only 35 percent say Romney would favor the middle class. ...Greg Sargent, PlumLine
It's beginning to look as though "Romney" is just another word for desperation.
For the media, of course, the debates are more about style and the swift, deadly, gentlemanly "zingers" -- "and you, sir, are no Jack Kennedy". But in the end, as Sargent points out, "the real game changer Romney needs is to reverse perceptions of what his policies would mean to ordinary Americans." Which, in Romney's case, will be even more difficult because he avoids specifics about his policies.