ANALYSIS: In Almost Every Primary, Romney Wins Big Among The Rich, Loses The Working-Class Vote

In February, a CNN poll found that regardless of age, race, sex, or party affiliation, all Americans agreed that Mitt Romney “favors the rich” over the middle class or poor, ThinkProgress noted. And it looks like the rich are returning the favor.

The Washington Post reported this morning that in both Michigan and Ohio, “voters making more than $100,000 per year turn[ed] out in much higher numbers this year than they did in 2008”:

In 2008, 22 percent of GOP primary voters in Michigan made at least $100,000, and that group made up 21 percent of the electorate in Ohio, according to exit polls. This year, 33 percent of voters in Michigan made that much money, while 30 percent of Ohio voters did. In both cases, the number of wealthy voters grew by about 50 percent — a pretty stunning increase in that demographic over just a four-year span.

In both states, Romney won among those making more than $100,000 by 14 points, even though he lost among all other income demographics.


This trend occurs in virtually every state that has voted thus far. A ThinkProgress analysis of exit/entrance polls from the 14 states that have conducted them shows that Romney consistently does best among those earning more than $100,000 or $200,000 a year, while more often than not losing among middle- and working-class voters.

The only states where this wasn’t true were Massachusetts, his home state where he served as governor, and Virginia, where Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich weren’t even on the ballot.

See the full breakdown of the 12 state exit polls HERE.

For instance, in Ohio, where Romney barely eeked out a win last night, Romney dominated among the wealthy, capturing 46 percent of those making more than $100,000 and a whopping 55 percent of those making more than $200,000. He lost among middle-class voters, by 11 points among those making $50,000-$100,000 and 6 points for people earning $30,000-$50,000.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and South Carolina, Romney lost overall, but won in the top income bracket, in some cases by over 20 percent.


And the states that Romney has won are overwhelmingly the wealthier states that have that voted thus far, while he’s generally lost in the poorer states. The major exception is the wealthy state of Minnesota, which Romney lost, but where he didn’t campaign as aggressively.