Swing state poll: Romney favors the rich
September 19th, 2012
06:58 AM ET
2 years ago

Swing state poll: Romney favors the rich

Washington (CNN) - New poll numbers out Wednesday from three key battleground states underscore the danger of that leaked fundraising video for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

According to fresh New York Times/CBS News/Quinnipiac polling, majorities of likely voters in Wisconsin, Virginia and Colorado say that Romney's policies favor the rich.

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In Wisconsin, 55% of likely voters say a Romney administration would benefit wealthy people. In Virginia, 56% say the same. In Colorado, the number is 54%.

The number of voters in those swing states who think Romney's policies would favor the middle class? Just about 10%.

Contrast that with President Barack Obama's numbers on the same question.

In all three states, a plurality say Obama's policies favor the middle class. Only a sliver of voters say the president favors the rich, while roughly a quarter say he favors the poor.

Check out more CNN Polls at the CNN Polling Center.

The new polls were taken before video surfaced of Romney privately telling a group of rich donors that nearly half the country is "dependent on the government" - and that's precisely the problem.

The Romney video reinforces what people already think about the candidate, and that only helps the Obama campaign push the now-familiar narrative that Romney is a rich plutocrat who is of touch with the concerns of regular people.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • Polls
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And this should surprise someone or anyone for that matter? Much of Romney's rhetoric has been focused on that. Think about the words that he has been saying; cutting taxes on everyone and not talking about counting capital gains as regular income as it should be.

    September 19, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  2. Save America from Romney

    There is nothing new in these polls. We all know a vote for Romney is a vote for WALL STREET.

    September 19, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney defined what "severely conservative" means.

    September 19, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Tabeth

    One does not need to be a great thinker to know that Mitt is for the rich! Very Sad for someone wanting to be a president

    September 19, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. Wow. Just... wow!

    Save the middle class – keep Romney out of the white house.

    September 19, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. chilly g

    mitt you are done because you don't stand for anything and you tell peoples what they want to hear.

    September 19, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. What do MRs Tax Returns & Bigfoot have in common?

    Please release your tax returns, Mr. Romney.

    September 19, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. gregory21

    If the American people can't see who mitts stands for, then if he wins, you get what you asked for.

    September 19, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. American People

    Show the American People your tax returns for the last 20 years Willard. Then we'll see how "unfair" your 13% (so YOU say) tax rate really is.

    September 19, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. This just in

    EVERYBODY favors the rich and wants to be among them. Nobody favors the poor. We all want the middle class to do better than they are right now (unless you're a member of the ultra rich).

    September 19, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. John Yard

    .... what is called a 'no brainer' .....

    September 19, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  12. For Freedom

    But what about the gas prices?

    September 19, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. sonny chapman

    Now I wonder why all of these folks have that view of Mitt ?

    September 19, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    My tax rate is 28%, and Mittens pays 13.9%, while making 30 times what I make. He is a lying out of touch birther.

    September 19, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Ames IA

    I'll bet you $10,000 the Romney campaign will dismiss this poll with their standard talking points.

    September 19, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney -- lying for votes.

    September 19, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. linda

    Sure he favors the rich, because he is rich, don't tell me a Rich man or women can even comprehend what it is like to rob Peter to pay Paul, or ignore health issues because they don't have Healthcare, or put food on their table, or live on nothing but Social Security, or seniors having to make decisions whether to buy food to eat or medicine for their illnesses, or working 2 or 3 jobs not only to make ends meet, but to try to put their kids through college so they can have a better shot at getting a good job.......and not having anything left to put in a saving much less in BANKS OVERSEAs so the rich doesn't have to pay their fair share of taxes.......Romney will not be a President for all Americans...........I will vote Obama again 2012

    September 19, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Texas Tom

    Wonder how much money Romney was paid to throw the election.

    September 19, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. JPX

    Yep, Romney is (thankfully) screwed.

    September 19, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. Tom

    I think Romney is out of touch with himself.

    September 19, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Nene

    Mitt is the 1%

    Obama fights for everyone

    September 19, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Question for Mr. Romney. My mother lives on a Social Security check, over half of which goes to pay her rent and utilities. She gets a very modest amount from food stamps and manages to barely get by month to month. She pays no Federal income tax, but pays taxes in the form of sales tax, utilities taxes etc. Exactly how much should my mother pay in taxes for Mr. Romney to 'care about her?'

    September 19, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Marco

    The whole campaign is unraveling. I'm loving every second of it!

    September 19, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. conniesz

    Truth is a beautiful thing. It's not all that often that perception is reinforced by naked truth so perfectly.

    September 19, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. TheTraveler

    Mitt don't fit.

    Vote Democrat.

    September 19, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |