Poll shows voters' reaction to Romney tapes
September 19th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Poll shows voters' reaction to Romney tapes

(CNN) – The surreptitiously recorded video of Mitt Romney at a campaign fund-raiser has had a moderately negative effect on registered voters, a poll released Wednesday indicated.

The poll, taken Tuesday, showed 36% of registered voters indicating they would be less likely to vote for Romney after the tapes were released. Twenty percent said they were more likely to vote for Romney, and 43% said the tapes made no difference.

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Among independents, 15% said they were more likely to vote for Romney in November, compared to 29% who were less likely and 53% who said the tapes made no difference.

The poll was taken Tuesday, as the tapes were picked apart by media outlets and pundits. They were first released Monday night on the website of the liberal magazine Mother Jones.

In the tapes, Romney makes a political prediction based on his view of Obama's supporters.

"There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what," Romney says in one clip. "There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."

Adding to his argument about entitlement, Romney said his "job is not to worry about those people."

Romney also discusses, in pessimistic tones, the chances for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Gallup survey was taken by telephone from 885 registered voters, and the sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. Among independents the sampling error was plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Polls
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Suzanne

    All I hear from Romney are announcements, proclamations, declarations, pronouncements, and promises. I've yet to hear HOW he's going to do any of these things! If he's suggesting "trust me", he can forget it! And, BTW, where are those tax returns? We're still waiting........

    September 19, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. v_mag

    If "corporations are people, too, my friend" as Rob-money has said, then you can count General Electric and Bank of America in that 47%, since they paid no income taxes last year. Lousy slackers! Why don't they get a job and get off welfare?

    September 19, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Sorry Charlie

    Sorry – it wasn't the deal breaker y'all were hoping for. The American people know that we can't afford all the programs with 46% of the employed not paying taxes. Yikes And, to be fair, only about 8% of the population actually watches the news or cares.

    September 19, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Boo

    I'm an independent.....and hell will freeze over before I vote for Robme/Ryan.

    September 19, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. truth hurts

    Rudy NYC - The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they have been taught to hate Pres. Obama.
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    Or more accurately stated:

    The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they are tired of Pres. Obama failures and know another 4 years of them would wreck the country.

    September 19, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Andrew Hyatt Masset

    Blah blah blah..thats all Romnicky does is spew accusations, and imbecilic remarks and then blames Obama for his own idiocy. That smell is toas burning and you're it mittens..done, kaput, sayonrara..

    September 19, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Cali ha ha,
    I at first misread your post to say that you thought that Romney was worse than pain (instead of palin) ha, ha.

    September 19, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    DC Bloviator – no one believes your unbelievable spewing of right-wing fantasy – except other fox followers.

    September 19, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Rudy NYC – The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they have been taught to hate Pres. Obama.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well said. But the haters only believe in their blind hate.

    September 19, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they have been taught to hate Pres. Obama.
    ----------------------------–

    I think that large percentage of people voting for Romney are people who want jobs for themselves and their kids.

    September 19, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. wbill

    I am a logical guy. My post is based on math so I apologize to those who have only the standard public education.
    47% of Americans would be offended and 53% agree with Romney's Statement. That is the theory right? OK, so if a poll says that 29% less likely to vote and 15% more likely to vote for Romney then the poll most likely oversampled the 47% 2 to 1. Either the poll is crap or the theory is crap.

    September 19, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Nlsme

    Sorry Charlie, can you please explain how 46% of America gets away with paying no taxes. I get the no federal "income" tax statement. But NO taxes. And, just so you know, without even seeing his tax returns, I can guarantee Romney is part of the 46% not paying federal income tax. Capital gains taxes are not income taxes. Even though they should be, it's income isn't it?

    September 19, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. myviewis

    NVa Native

    Rudy NYC – The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they have been taught to hate Pres. Obama.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well said. But the haters only believe in their blind hate.
    ------------------------------

    It's called people wanting to work, people needing to get back on their feet.

    September 19, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. mat

    Once upon a time people were expected to care for themselves and their families. Obama called working/taxpaying folks freeloaders and the left didnt say a word. Cause we all know THEY didnt build that.

    September 19, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. realitybite

    There is an underlying story here. Let's forget about the accuracy of Romney's statement. His point was that his message will fall on deaf ears because people who don't pay taxes wouldn't accept his message. Have you wondered what that message would have to be for those people to reject it?
    Logically and necessarily, the message must be about raising taxes on the people who are "not paying" income tax. BUT, Romney insisted that he won't raise taxes on the middle class, or anyone for that matter. So, he is infact, contradicting himself (yet again!). So, either he is not accurate about the 47%, and lied to the people there, or he has lied to everyone else about raising taxes.
    Honestly don't know why anyone would vote for Romney. My guess is that people are voting against Obama, and not FOR Romney.

    September 19, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Nlsme

    Myviewis, then maybe they should vote for someone who doesn't want to double down on the Bush policies that saw FAR FAR more jobs lost than Obama.

    September 19, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. WisdomVS

    Romney VS 4 more years of Obama = you decide.

    September 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Go Obama!!

    From http://www.electoral-vote.com Sept 19, 2012

    Obama Opens Up Wide National Lead
    A new Pew Research survey finds President Obama now leads Mitt Romney nationally by eight points among likely voters, 51% to 43%.

    "Not only does Obama enjoy a substantial lead in the horserace, he tops Romney on a number of key dimensions. His support is stronger than his rival's, and is positive rather than negative. Mitt Romney's backers are more ardent than they were pre-convention, but are still not as enthusiastic as Obama's. Roughly half of Romney's supporters say they are voting against Obama rather than for the Republican nominee."

    September 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. LegalizeReason

    Mr. Romney's "Romney Plan" sign in the background is missing a few items:

    – No taxes for the Romneys and the economic "winners"
    – No moral concern for other people, only for corporations, shareholders and CEO's
    – More preposterous balderdash to feed indiscriminate voters
    – More Pixie Dust

    Let's have the election now and send Romeny and Ryan on their way to save the economy as private citizens.
    Let's have the exlectio now a

    September 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. myviewis

    Boo

    I'm an independent.....and hell will freeze over before I vote for Robme/Ryan.
    ----------------------------–

    Would you settle for the unemployment line? Because that's where we are all going to be standing if Obama gets another 4 years.

    September 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. MIke

    Alzheimer’s in Politics
    The republicans have a short memory, After 8 years of republican control, at end of 2008, they had stole so much wealth from the world that it was on the brink of destruction. So as the white house and the world’s economy had been raped and set on fire by Bush and the republicans, he decided it was time; so as he was running out of the burning white house, he hollered at Hank Pualson, His treasury secretary “ you put it out,” the fire I mean. The one that was destroying the worlds financial system, the one that was burning and collapsing the whole world nearly sending the world and the US into a depression worse than the 1930’s .
    So Paulson, a republican financial genius, trys to put the fire out with 780,000,000,000$. He gives all his buddies the money ,THE BIG BANKS, so they could pour on the fire they had created. And then just so happens their is a presidential election and Paulson, as he is running out of the white house he hollers at Barrack Obama, here you put it out.
    So after the republicans have stole all our retirement, all our homes and sent all our jobs overseas to .50$ an hour people in other countries, so they can they can fill up their dump trucks with our money.
    They blame the democrats, for all the carnage they created. But the Republican Party chiefs are smart, they use the black man thing to convince their base its all the black man’s fault.
    The real thing is 90% of the rich white republicans who don’t pay much if any taxes are racists. It’s true, they have convinced their base, it wasn’t us! It was that black man! So now the base doesn’t look at the democrats as a political party any more, they see a black man.
    But now, their whole racist base needs to remember who started two wars that sent our debit through the roof, has kept giving tax cuts to the rich, sending our debit through the roof. NOOOO!!! Not us the republicans!!! Yes!!! you the republicans.
    Yes you republicans you have sent a whole generation of our kids to fight and die in a war based on made up reasons that didn’t exist, just so you could fill those dump trucks with money and blood of our kids. Republicans. It is sad the republican chiefs have been able to brain wash their base to vote for a party that just crippled the whole world.
    This is not about Obama, its about being smart and rebuilding a future for our kids. The Democrats are not perfect buy any means, we have problems in the U.S. and we need to come together and get back on track. The past is the past, but we can’t forget; For if we do, we are surly bound to repeat those mistakes.
    The Republicans are smart though they have convinced their base to accept a 2000$ tax increase so they can give the millionaires and boillionaires at the top a 250,000$ tax cut. That is the lawyers, wallstreeters

    September 19, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. mat

    Need a penny take one. Need 2 get a job.

    September 19, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. maltytasker

    Romney's remarks show what he truly thinks about people who depend on government assistance. Seniors on Social Security and Medicare, students who need government loans, folks who lost their jobs in the recession are all part of that 47%. If this is what Romney thinks of us, I feel confident that we will be in trouble if he is elected.

    September 19, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    NVa Native
    Rudy NYC – The is poll seems to show that no matter what Mitt Romney does, or how bad he performs in debates, there is large percentage of people who are voting for him simply because they have been taught to hate Pres. Obama.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well said. But the haters only believe in their blind hate.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    I don't hate Obama, regardless of how much he screws up America. He is not doing it intentionally, he just doesn't know any better. He has no reason to be capable for the job and in 2008 there were enough people who didn't recognize that so he got elected. ( Hooray for us!). But enough is enough and we should recognize our mistakes as a nation and move forward. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 19, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Freelance

    Our household makes 300K per year, but living in NJ it is more like middle class. We are voting for Romney although we are not rich. I like his promise to eliminate AMT.

    September 19, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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