The 47% figure mentioned is no surprise; it’s been around for some time and widely reported except in the liberal media. What is disappointing though is Romney’s assumption that none of that 47% want to rise into an income bracket that will allow them to advance, and would rather remain on welfare and vote for Obama. Given the President’s class warfare agenda and scare campaign though, he is determined to ensure that this group remain as his major constituency.
The concern at the time was that it was reasonable to assume, that a proportion of those who did not pay taxes, and maybe received some government welfare, wanted to get jobs and be self-sufficient. Job losses have been the symbol of the Obama Presidency but there is no evidence to suggest that those in that boat like it and will automatically vote for the cause of their situation.
Now Rasmussen Reports has done a survey that seems to back up the views here:
Americans strongly believe that there is too much government dependency in the country today. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 64% of Adults think there are too many Americans dependent on the government for financial aid. Just 10% think not enough Americans are dependent on the government, while 16% say the level of dependency is about right.If these figures are correct, it looks like Romney has written off 11% of Americans who, despite paying no taxes are of the view that there is too much government dependency. It should be an issue he could run hard on, along with the state of the economy. The 10% who think there are not enough people dependent on the government are definitely Democrats though, along with the 16% who think it is about right.