Romney’s Big Miscalculation: Many Of the 47% Vote Republican
About half of the 47% that Mitt Romney thinks want an entitlement society and are not motivated to work either don’t make enough money to pay federal income taxes or zero out because of tax benefits, the very ones Republicans support. And many of them either don’t vote or are Republican voters.
In 2008, when voter turnout rates were at or around record highs, fewer than half (44.9 percent) of adults in households making less than $30,000 per year voted, according to Census Bureau data. And of those who did vote, a substantial chunk voted for John McCain, the Republican candidate: 25 percent of those making under $15,000, and 37 percent of those making $15,000 to $30,000.