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One of the Obama campaign’s major talking points throughout the summer months — Mitt Romney’s tax returns — have disappeared as an issue that voters care about, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll. The poll finds that since February, there has been a huge swing in the proportion of voters that believe Romney has paid his fair share in taxes, which comes just more than a week after the ho-hum release of his 2011 returns.
Overall, 46 per cent of voters now believe that Romney is “paying his fair share in taxes,” compared with 48 per cent that thinks he is not. That’s a wild, 34-point swing from February, when only 30 per cent thought he was paying his fair share and 66 per cent thought he was not.
Here’s a look at the disparity:
Photo: Brett LoGiurato/Business Insider (Data: Washington Post/ABC)
The result is notable because the Romney campaign appears to have quietly blunted any effect the Obama campaign’s repeated attacks had on Romney.
The new poll also shows that most voters view Romney’s wealth as a positive rather than a negative, reversing the trend shown in a February poll. According to the latest survey, more people (51 to 42 per cent) view Romney’s wealth as a sign that he has “achieved the American dream,” rather than viewing it as a sign he “benefited from opportunities that are not available to most people.”
Going forward, it’s likely that Obama will continue to tie Romney’s wealth and his tax returns to his recent comments about the “47 per cent” of people that will vote for Obama because of government dependence, a strategy that his campaign used last week in a new television ad airing in Ohio.
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