The 36 percent vs. the 20 percent

September 19, 2012

Mitt Romney's comments on the "47 percent" did not go over well, a new poll suggests. 

A one-night USA Today/Gallup poll found 36 percent of registered voters are less likely to vote for the GOP candidate after hearing his remarks, while 20 percent are more likely. Forty-three percent say the comments won't make a difference. 

Gallup's Frank Newport notes that since most Americans have already made up their minds, "it is likely that many of those who claim to be 'more likely' or 'less likely' to vote for Romney are, in essence, indicating that the comments reinforced their pre-existing vote choice." But independents tilt against the comments, 29 percent to 15 percent. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 19, 2012