Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, did irreparable damage to his campaign when he asserted that the 47 percent of Americans dependent on government who don't pay federal income taxes would back President Obama "no matter what."
A few years later, that estimate needs to be revised.
On Tuesday, The Tax Policy Center, a joint effort by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, said the number of households that don't pay federal income taxes fell to 45.3 percent. But that figure is still roughly 5 percentage points higher than the center's 2013 estimate of 40.4 percent.
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