Mitt Romney was forced to spend most of the past week explaining comments he made in the spring in which he said: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives." Here's a breakdown of the three groups:
Most are employed: Sixty-two percent of the Obama voters work, including the 10 percent working only part time. A fourth are retired.
Most earn higher-than-average wages. Fifty-six percent have household incomes above the U.S. median of $50,000. Just 16 percent have incomes below $30,000, and 20 percent have incomes of $100,000 or more.
By age: Twenty percent are seniors and 12 percent are younger than 30.
Educated: Forty-three percent boast four-year college degrees or above.
About 49 percent receive some kind of federal benefit, said the most recent Census Bureau data. Looking only at people who receive benefits that are based on financial need, such as food stamps, the portion is smaller -- just over a third of the population. Here are the biggest programs:
Medicaid: 26 percent
Social Security: 16 percent
Food stamps: 16 percent
Medicare: 15 percent
Women, Infants and Children food program: 8 percent
About half don't earn enough money for a household of their size to owe income tax. Among all who don't owe, 9 out of 10 make $50,000 or less.
About 22 percent get tax breaks for senior citizens that offset their income.
About 15 percent get tax breaks for the working poor or low-income parents.
Almost 3 percent get tax breaks for college tuition or other education expenses.
Some wealthy escape taxes, including about 4,000 households earning more than $1 million a year.