Mitt Romney painted an inaccurate portrait of the “47 percent of Americans [who] pay no income tax” in leaked video from a May fund-raiser where he depicted roughly half the country as Obama-loving loafers who feel entitled to government handouts. Romney’s statistic approximates the percentage of US households that do not pay federal income taxes, though less than 8 percent do not pay any federal taxes at all, and many people who do not pay federal income taxes vote Republican.
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