Romney's "47 Percent" Remarks Damage His Image with Voters: Reuters/Ipsos Poll [View all]
Romney's "47 percent" remarks damage his image with voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll
By Patricia Zengerle
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:31pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's dismissal of almost half the U.S. electorate in a secretly recorded video has hurt his image, although it may not determine how people vote on November 6.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed that more than two in five registered voters, or 43 percent, viewed Romney less favorably after an excerpt of the video was shown to them online.
In the video, Romney portrayed Democratic President Barack Obama's supporters - which he said was 47 percent of the electorate - as people who live off government handouts and do not "care for their lives."
Nearly six in ten, or 59 percent, in the poll said they felt Romney unfairly dismissed almost half of Americans as victims in his remarks made to donors in May at a private event at a luxury home in Florida.