An analysis of Gallup Daily tracking data for the three-week period from Aug. 27 to Sept. 16 showed income was correlated with voter support, but it is not a total determinant of vote choice.
President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has a substantial voting edge over Romney among low-income Americans -- two-thirds of adults said they would vote for the president, but although Romney does better with those with incomes $180,000 or more, about 40 percent of U.S. adults who make $180,000 a year or more favor Obama.
A newly released video clip of Romney at a fundraiser shows him saying Obama's base supporters -- "47 percent" of Americans -- are people who pay no income tax and depend on government services.
Older Americans who have low incomes are those who have the highest chance of paying no income tax, but Gallup data for Aug. 27 to Sept. 16 showed among those voters age 65 and older who have $24,000 a year in income or less, Obama was favored by 49 percent and 43 percent supported Romney.
Recent Gallup Daily tracking data showed Romney had significant support among those with the lowest incomes, the young, the old, and the older voters who have low incomes -- the groups most likely to pay no taxes.
The Gallup Daily tracking survey conducted Aug. 27 to Sept. 16 of 9,839 registered voters has a margin of error of 1 percentage point.