Poll: Pay influences 2012 pick
May 9th, 2011
08:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Pay influences 2012 pick

Washington (CNN) - The amount of money in a voter's bank account may influence for whom they cast their vote in 2012, according to a new national survey.

A Gallup Poll released Monday indicates higher income earners supporting Republican former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the Republican presidential nomination.

Romney's support climbed to 21 percent among those earning $90,000 or more compared with 9 percent support among those making less than $24,000 annually.

The opposite was true for Palin who received support from 7 percent of likely Republican voters making over $90,000 and 22 percent for those making less than $24,000 annually.

The Romney-Palin disparity continued among education levels. Republicans with a college degree were more likely than those without a degree to support Romney, 21 percent to 13 percent. However, nearly twice as many Republicans without a college degree supported Palin, 16 percent to 9 percent.

Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee in April and Palin, who has not ruled out a bid, has also not taken any concrete presidential steps.

Other potential 2012 candidates including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul did not spark strong socioeconomic differences among Republican voters. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who are all weighing a bid for the White House, registered in the low single digits.

The poll surveyed 3,304 Republican or Republican-leaning independents in the United States across three national Gallup surveys conducted in February, March and April with a sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Tom in NY

    So, basically, Romney appeals to the greedy and Palin appeals to the uneducated who are looking for a scapegoat and therefore manipulable by demagoguery.

    May 9, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I don't see how this comes as a surprise to anyone. Most folks earning near the 6-figure mark tend to be more well educated, they tend to read and discuss various things, and you are more likely to find a copy of National Geographic, the Utne Reader, or some other periodical written above a 4th grade reading level. These people have listened to Mrs. Palin and realized the dryer lint between her ears is the only thing keeping her head collapsing. These people also represent the "elite" that Sarah has been ranting against for the past 2-1/2 years. It only comes natural that they would be least likely to support her.
    On the other hand, folks making less than 24K a year are a lot more open to the open-ended emptiness of Palin's rantings than they are to the introspective leanings of Romney. Even though I am a Liberal Democrat, if I were allowed to vote in a Republican Primary based on eventually voting for a Republican Presidential Candidate, it would be for Romney. As it it right now, I plan on voting for President Obama again, so that means if given the opportunity I would vote for either the Former Governor of Alaska who Quit After Half a Term, or Representative Michelle Bachmann.

    May 9, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    posted by Tom in NY
    So, basically, Romney appeals to the greedy and Palin appeals to the uneducated who are looking for a scapegoat and therefore manipulable by demagoguery.
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    Trumpets, please. TAA-DAA.
    So, now the talking points have been documented.

    May 9, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Where do $24,000 (or less) annual income Republicans even come from?
    Do they have any idea what Republicans are thinking, have done, intend to do?
    Its like they are willing to go to WalMart, buy the rope and give it to the people who want to hang them out to dry.

    I REALLY don't get it.

    May 9, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    @George Guadiane – Austerlitz, NY
    Where do $24,000 (or less) annual income Republicans even come from?
    I REALLY don't get it.
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    Many of the people in this demographic are seniors on limited incomes.

    May 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where do $24,000 (or less) annual income Republicans even come from?
    -------------------------------------------------–
    You h ave a lot of poor in predominantly "Red" states.
    Mississippi, South Carolina et al.

    May 9, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    "You h ave a lot of poor in predominantly "Red" states.
    Mississippi, South Carolina et al."
    _____________________________

    Which is it then? If you're "rich" you support the Republicans to protect your wealth, and if you're "poor" you support the Republicans because you're ignorant? I'm neither rich nor poor, and I typically find myself on the right side of the aisle. That seems quite stereotypical of you, Dom Mom.

    May 9, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    yes you have $24,000 or less GOPers and quite a few of them live right here in good ol' Texas. These are the ones with less education, follow the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin you get my drift and hate Obama just because he's Obama. They could care less about the GOP not creating jobs, tax breaks for the wealthy and being in bed with Big Oil because they folow the "fear and mis-information" that the GOP feeds them on a regular basis. This isn't a red state for nothing, folks.

    May 9, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |