Can we begin this essay by saying that presidential polls in April are interesting in that they tell us where the public stands today, but give us little indication of what will happen in November?
We say that, having followed too many presidential polls that, for example, showed Michael Dukakis leading George H.W. Bush by 17 points in the summer of 1988, or Jimmy Carter leading Gerald Ford by 33 points in the middle of 1976 (Yes, Carter won, but by just 2 percentage points).
So the fact that Barack Obama has a marginal lead over Mitt Romney in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll is, well, interesting (he's up by 8 points).
Much more interesting is how Obama is annihilating the former Massachusetts governor when it comes to the question of who you'd rather have a beer with, phrased here as who seems more friendly and likable. Obama is up 64 to 26 percent when that question is asked. The president is also up big when it comes to who is more inspiring (55-29 percent).
In fact, in almost every index in this survey, Obama is beating Romney, except for three categories — two extremely important ones involving the economy.