Published: PolicyMic (September 26, 2012)
Up until now, debate on the political impact of Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments has been entirely speculative. That is no longer the case.
According to recently released New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac surveys — the first major polls to be conducted right after the emergence of the controversial video — Romney has suffered enormous setbacks in key swing states. He is behind by 9 points in Florida (53%-44%), 10 points in Ohio (53%-43%), and 12 points in Pennsylvania (54%-42%). At no point has his deficit ever been that significant in any of those states, and anyone who questions whether this is being reflected on a national level need look no further than the new Bloomberg Poll (also the first major one conducted post-47%), which shows Romney behind Obama by six points (49%-43%).