"The race isn't over. It's not a game changer," Luntz said on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday. "It just puts him behind a couple of days."
Luntz cautioned, however, that Romney needs to be on his game from now until November 6. "[T]hey cannot have campaign events like this which put him off his game," he said. "He wants to be talking about the economy he wants to be talking about jobs, about the deficit and debt. Instead he's talking about this issue."
"This is not the coverage he wants 48 days before the election," he added.
The Republican pollster said Americans believe the government is too large and there is "too much dependency," but he said Romney's comments have received criticism "for how he articulated it."
People don't like "that line in Romney's statement where he says 'I don't care about them,'" Luntz said.
"There is more despair and disappointment in this country than anytime in the 20 years that I've been doing this," Luntz said. People "want to know that you are going to respond and answer to it."