Back in 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign suffered a blow when a tape was leaked of him grousing that 47 percent of Americans don’t pay federal income tax. It was one of the biggest gaffes of the presidential campaign, but a new poll conducted by Ipsos for NPR suggests that many Americans forgot it.
The way Romney characterized those who don’t pay federal income taxes is what got him in trouble, but the figure was roughly true. The new poll, however, shows that a majority think that the share of Americans paying no federal income tax is far lower. CONT.
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR