Who Considers Themselves A Part of Mitt Romney's Infamous 47% & Who Doesn't


Romney made the comment that 47% of Americans would surely vote for Barack Obama because they live on government handouts and do not pay income tax back in May of this year and it surfaced September 17 in a secretly recorded video published on Mother Jones magazine's website.

While Romney himself isn't likely to elaborate on the statement -- instead probably hoping it fades quickly from memory -- PrintCountry.com has conducted a survey of Americans to find out if they identify themselves as part of that 47%.

PrintCountry asked 1001 respondents if they believed they themselves were in that 47% referred to by Romney. The results were then broken down further by region of the country the respondents live in, age and gender of respondents and household income.


Forty-one percent of total respondents said they definitely knew they were not part of the 47% Romney refers to.

Another 24% of respondents said they did not know who made up the 47% referred to by Romney.

Fourteen percent of the people polled said they absolutely knew they were part of that 47% referred to by Romney, and a further 7.3% said they believed they were but they couldn't be sure, making a total of just over 21% of respondents who identified themselves as being part of the 47% referred to by Romney.

Of people who identified themselves as earning between $0-$24,000 per year, 44.4% said they believed they were not a part of the 47% referred to by Romney and of the people who identified themselves as earning between $100,000-$149,000 per year, 20% said they were definitely not part of it.


But almost 15% of people who identified themselves as earning between $0-$24,000 per year did believe they were a part of the 47% referred to by Romney. And 20% of the people who identified themselves as earning between $100,000-$149,000 per year, also said they were definitely part of it.

Of the people who said they were definitely not part of the 47% referred to by Romney, 43% came from the US northeast, the most of the four identified regions of: the US Northeast, US Midwest, US West and US South. Conversely, of the people who believed they were definitely part of the 47%, almost 18% also came from the US Northeast, the most of the four regions.


Forty-seven percent of male respondents said they believed they were definitely not in the 47% referred to by Romney compared to 36% of women and 15% of men said they were definitely a part of the 47% compared to 14% of women.


Forty-five percent of respondents aged 65 or older said they knew they were definitely not in the 47% referred to by Romney, the most out of all the age groups, which also included 18-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54 and 55-64.


Thirty-four percent of 18-24 year olds said they did not know who made up the 47% referred to by Romney, the most out of all the age groups, while 18% of 55-64 year olds identified themselves as definitely being a part of the 47% referred to by Romney, the most out of all the age groups.

When comparing answers from people who identified themselves as having a household income above $50,000 with those identifying themselves as having a household income below $50,000, the results were almost identical.

Subpopulation A: Household Income Below $50.000
Subpopulation B: Household Income Above $50.000


The split between urban, rural and suburban residents was relatively even, with 43% of urban dwellers saying they were definitely not part of the 47% referred to by Romney compared to 34% of rural dwellers and 41% of suburban dwellers.


Seventeen percent of rural dwellers among the respondents believed they were definitely a part of the 47% referred to by Romney compared to 14% of urban dwellers and 14% of suburban dwellers.

In the second question of PrintCountry's survey, the website asked respondents how they felt about Romney's statement.

The top two choices among respondents were "it disgusts me," with 33% of respondents choosing that, and "what he says is true," with 30% of respondents choosing that.


Men chose "what he says is true" more than women with 35% of men choosing it compared to just 25% of women.

Subpopulation A: Male
Subpopulation B: Female


Age also seemed to be a factor when choosing. Fifty-two percent of respondents 65 and over chose "what he says is true," much more than any other age group.


Forty-two percent of respondents 18-24 said chose "I don't care, I have no feeling about it." That was over twice as much as the 20% of 25-34 year olds who chose that.

Subpopulation A: Age between 18-24
Subpopulation B: Age between 25-34


The online survey was completed from Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2012. You can see the full details of the survey on Who Considers Themselves A Part of Mitt Romney's Infamous 47% & Who Doesn't (CHARTS ONLY) page.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry Articles.



Methodology: Conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, September 28, 2012 ­ October 01, 2012 and based on 815 online responses. Sample: National adult Internet population.



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