common touch, the

the common touch

The ability of a wealthy, elite, or powerful person to communicate with and resonate with so-called common people. He was supposed to have the common touch needed to resonate with Middle America, but when he wasn't able to answer a simple question about the price of milk, a lot of voters started to see him as a phony.
See also: common, touch

common touch, the

The ability to appeal to the ordinary person's sensibilities and interests. For example, The governor is an effective state leader who also happens to have the common touch. This phrase employs common in the sense of "everyday" or "ordinary." [c. 1940]
See also: common