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Independents Not Fond of Perry’s ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Talk

The same number of Republicans  – 19 percent — are more and less likely respectively to vote for Rick Perry as a result of his labeling Social Security a “Ponzi scheme,” according to a new Gallup poll.

Twenty-four percent said Perry’s comment had no impact on their decision, while 36 percent were unsure of the impact.

But independents were more concerned about the remarks. Thirty-two percent said they were less likely to vote for Perry, and only 12 percent said the “Ponzi scheme” rhetoric made them more likely to support him.

Thirty-seven percent of Republicans and 40 percent of independents think that the comment will hurt Perry in the general election.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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