Exit polls in Ohio and Michigan show that the number of voters who make over $100,000 may have been the decisive factor for Mitt Romney’s victory over Rick Santorum. And these are the two states where Romney has “stopped” Rick Santorum’s momentum, making them even more significant.
Santorum managed to tie or get more votes than Romney in every income bracket except one — Voters who make over $100,000. Romney got 44 per cent of the vote while Santorum got 34 per cent.
Income Level of Voters Romney Santorum Over $100,000 44% 34% $50,000-$100,000 32% 43% $30,000-$50,000 33% 39% Below $30,000 35% 35%The same thing happened during the Michigan primary last week. The only income bracket Romney got more votes than Santorum was in those making over $100,000. Santorum beat him in all others.
Income Level of Voters Romney Santorum Over $100,000 46% 37% $50,000-$100,000 37% 40% $30,000-$50,000 34% 42% Below $30,000 37% 39%And these richer voters showed up at the ballot box in far greater numbers this year than in the 2008 election. In 2008, 21 per cent of primary voters in Ohio and 22 per cent in Michigan made over $100,000. That number jumped to 30 per cent in Ohio and 33 per cent in Michigan this year.
Romney was also unable to win the votes of people who had no college degrees. In both states Santorum won 39 per cent of that vote. Romney won 34 per cent in Ohio and 37 per cent in Michigan.
Last night Rachel Maddow reported that average income per person in both Ohio and Michigan has remained about the same over the last four years, slightly less than $40,000 per year. So the increase in the number of rich voters can’t be attributed to the fact there are simply more wealthy voters in these states.
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