Remember the "Etch A Sketch gaffe" from a Mitt Romney strategist? You're in the minority.
A Pew Research Center survey finds that just 44% of Americans actually heard the story wherein a strategist for Romney said the candidate can move back towards the political middle once he wins the GOP nomination, likening the move to shaking an Etch A Sketch.
Aside from the limited reach of the story, it looks to have less of an impact on the election.
More Republicans heard about the comment than Democrats (52% vs. 41%). Among independents, 47% were aware of aide Eric Fehrnstrom’s words.
Among Republicans and independents who heard about the comments, most say the Etch a Sketch remark would not change their view of Romney. Just more than a third of all Republicans (36%) – and 70% of those who had heard about the comment – say it will have no effect on their support for the candidate.
Among all Republicans, nearly one-in-ten (8%) say the remarks make them less likely to support Romney. That amounts to 16% of those who had heard of Fehrnstrom’s words. On the other hand, 5% of all Republicans — and 10% of those who had heard about the comment – say it makes them more likely to support Romney. Responses from independents are similar.