Democratic ‘47%’ Meme Crushes GOP ‘You Didn’t Build That’ Lie In Polls

Author: October 3, 2012 8:39 pm


"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it." From Mother Jones' video of Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.” From Mother Jones‘ video of Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser.

The “you didn’t build that” controversy – stemming from a direct, out-of-context quote taken from a speech by Obama – isn’t comparable to the impact on the polls from Romney’s “47%” video. Polls show that while the 47% fiasco has negatively affected Romney quite severely, Obama’s numbers have actually risen. Talking Points Memo‘s article states:

The latest WSJ/NBC poll read respondents his comments and found 45 percent felt more negatively towards Romney afterwards versus only 23 percent who felt more positive about him. Even worse, the 12 percent slice of voters NBC defines as “up for grabs” had the strongest reaction. Just 10 percent approved of the remarks versus a whopping 49 percent who said the comments diminished their opinion of Romney.

In general, 51 percent of respondents said they heard something in the last couple of weeks about Romney that made them feel less favorable towards him, versus only 28 percent who said something made them feel better about him. For the president, voters said they had heard something that improved their opinion of him by a 38-36 margin.

At least as discouraging, for Republicans, however, is that Romney’s favorite Obama quote — “You didn’t build that” — isn’t even a net drag for the president. After hearing his comments, voters reacted positively by a 36-32 margin overall, and independents and “up for grabs” voters actually approved of them by slightly higher margins.

The NBC/WSJ polling about how negatively respondents react to the 47 percent comment comes on top of similar polls that suggest a high awareness of the story as well. So those who hear it, don’t like it — and lots of people have heard it. A survey by Pew found 67 percent of voters aware of remarks — about half complained they had even heard too much — and they disapproved of the remarks by a 55-23 margin. Another poll by the Washington Post and ABC News found voters disapproved of Romney’s comments by a 54-32 margin, with the effect more pronounced among independents.

Here are the direct poll results to check for any bias in the questions; although you will find none.

The simple truth is that the American people are beginning to see through Mitt Romney to what he really is; a rich bully who must stoop incredibly low – and show his lack of moral character – to attempt to win this race. President Obama is favored in nearly all recent polsl of swing states.

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