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Who are Mitt Romney's 47 percent? Breaking down the numbers

• Associated Press

— Just which 47 percent of Americans was Mitt Romney was talking about? It's hard to say. He lumped together three different ways of sorting people in what he's called less-than-elegant remarks.

Each of those three groups - likely Obama voters, people who get federal benefits and people who don't pay federal income taxes - contains just under half of all Americans, in the neighborhood of 47 percent at a given moment. There's some overlap, but the three groups are quite distinct.

Confusingly, Romney spoke as if they're made up of the same batch of Americans.

A look at the three groups:
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