Mitt’s Struggle For Independents

Sep 18 2012 @ 2:30pm

Pew-indies

Citing a June Pew poll (pdf), Suzy Khimm pokes holes in Romney's plan to focus on "the five to 10 percent in the center that are independent, that are thoughtful":

Some of these independents may agree with Romney that more of those receiving government assistance are able to help themselves. But most independent voters also believe that the government should “guarantee every citizen enough to eat and a place to sleep.”

Jim Tankersley homes in further on Mitt's lack of appeal to independents, drawing the connection between his plan to cut taxes and his criticism of government dependency:

[A] CBS News/New York Times poll found fewer than two in five independents believe lower taxes are the route to faster growth, compared to more than half who favor increased government spending and higher taxes.

If Romney wanted to argue that the poor have grown a little too fond of government help, or that America can’t afford to keep borrowing to fund a safety net, the Pew polls suggest large swaths of independent voters would be receptive. But that wasn’t the argument he made at the fundraiser. He was contending that his low-tax message works with independents, but not the government-dependent, which appears not to be true.