I don't think Mitt Romney's comments about the "forty seven" percent are going to make much of a difference. I know three republican voters, one works for the army core of engineers, one is a police officer, and one manages a municipal recreation center, I went to high school with all three of them and have known them for over twenty years. They all have had the same job most their life, and last night sitting around a happy hour all of them were cheering on the mittster and his willingness to stand up to the "moochers"
For me it was almost like the scene in revenge of the nerds when members of a fraternity are chanting "nerds, nerds, nerds" and the the guys the chant is directed at are looking around for the nerds. My friends all see themselves as hardworking individuals and for the most part they are, although, they do seem to have an awful lot of free time to listen to Rush Limbaugh.
Feeling superior to your fellow citizens and getting to be part of the "in crowd" is a luxury that people with safe government jobs can afford, and they know Mitt is really talking about the other forty-seven percent.