Not better off, but happy to have Obama to dinner

As the new Washington Post/ABC News poll of likely voters confirms that the presidential race remains close, it shows President Obama outdoing Mitt Romney on several peculiar questions. Those surveyed were asked which candidate they’d prefer to have as captain on a ship in a storm (Obama by 3 percentage points over Romney), which would make a more loyal friend (Obama by 14 points), which they’d rather take care of them if they were sick (Obama by 13 points), and which they’d rather have over for dinner (Obama by 19 points). In what would seem a defining advantage for Romney, though, only 20 percent of those polled said they are better off financially now than they were four years ago.