Gallup whom the lefty loons love will cite for polls in the Empeors favor just backed up Romney’s 47% comment!
So much for that scandalous video. I know there is more footage out surely you lefty loons don’t want to be embarrassed again? If I were you I delete the rest of that video!
The Data Behind Romneyâ€™s 47% Comments
By Damian Paletta and John D. McKinnon | WSJ Blog
In his comments to fundraisers captured on video, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47% of Americans would almost automatically vote for President Barack Obama because they were â€œdependentâ€ on the government, in part because they received government benefits and paid no federal income taxes.
In a press conference late Monday, Mr. Romney said his comments were â€œnot elegantly statedâ€ while at the same time reiterating the main point. Our translation: If you donâ€™t pay federal income taxes, you may not be swayed by a candidate that wants to cut them.
Hereâ€™s a rundown of the data behind Mr. Romneyâ€™s argument, some of which he correctly stated and other parts of which donâ€™t hold up so well.
According to the Census Bureau, 49% of Americans in the second quarter of 2011 lived in a household where at least one member received a government benefit. (The total population at the time was 305 million).
Thatâ€™s up from 30% in the 1980s and 44.4% in the third quarter of 2008, a recent growth in part attributable to the bad economy of President Obamaâ€™s first term.
The Census Bureau broke the data down like this:
- 26.4% of U.S. households had someone enrolled in Medicaid (the health-care program for low-income Americans)
- 16.2% of households had at least one member receiving Social Security.
- 15.8% lived in a household receiving food stamps
- 14.9% had a member with Medicare benefits
- 4.5% of households received assistance with their rent
- 1.7% had a member receiving unemployment benefits.
The large majority of Medicare and Social Security recipients have paid payroll taxes in many cases for decades to qualify for those benefits.…. read more