67% Say They're Romney's 47%
But it probably won't decide how they vote
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2012 3:03 AM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign fundraising event in Atlanta yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's description of 47% of the electorate as handout-grabbers wasn't exactly a rousing success with much of the electorate, an Ipsos/Reuters poll finds. Some 43% of those polled said the video of Romney talking to Florida donors made them view the Republican nominee less favorably, while only 26% said it improved their image of him. Almost 60% said they felt Romney's remarks were unfair, and 67% said they identified more with the people he was describing than with the guests at the $50,000-per-head fundraiser. But 41% felt Romney was making a valid point about government.

"This isn't great for Romney," a pollster says. "This type of issue, a gaffe or an indiscreet remark by a candidate, has an effect on a candidate's image," she says, but—contrary to what some pundits are saying—"it is not the kind of thing that decides how people vote on Election Day." The poll found that if the election were held today, President Obama would win with 48% of the vote to Romney's 43%.

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Sep 20, 2012 1:50 PM CDT
20% can't do math and/or don't understand their own tax returns. Either you pay federal income tax, or you don't.
Sep 20, 2012 10:54 AM CDT
It isn't over yet; plenty of more time for Romney to give Letterman a wonderful top 10 of dumb comments made.
Sep 20, 2012 10:44 AM CDT
I demand a refund of my tax dollars that were given to this shyster for the 2002 Olympic Games.