Remember the video of Romney saying 47% of America sees themselves as victims and are content being dependent on government instead of being self-reliant? Turns out about 47% of America didn’t take too kindly to that whole episode.
A new poll from Pew Research finds that fully two thirds of Americans are now familiar with the 47% comments, and those familiar with them say they’re less likely to vote for Romney because of them. Fully 55% viewed the comments negatively, while 23% viewed them positively. 55% of two thirds of the country is 36.6%. That’s more than a third of the whole country that Mitt just lost with one leaked video.
Among independent voters, the ones critical to actually deciding elections, 55% viewed the comments negatively to just 18% positive.
The newest poll numbers favor Obama by a small but solid margin—he now leads among women by 18%. But lest you think the prez has got this thing in the bag, Politico this morning reminds us of 10 Obama quotes that could come back to haunt him.
For instance, there was, “Guantanamo will be closed no later than one year from now,” issued on his third day in office. Or talking about the pace of economic recovery in early 2009: “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Still not exactly an insult to half the country, but Romney could definitely use this stuff against him. The first debate is tomorrow night, where you can expect all these skeletons to be out of the closet and on full display.