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September 11, 2009


Rasmussen - "Progressive" is becoming more of a dirty word, but all political labels - except "being like Ronald Reagan" - are falling into disfavor with many U.S. voters, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

"Liberal" is still the worst and remains the only political description that is viewed more negatively than positively. Being like Reagan is still the most positive thing you can say about a candidate.

Just 15% of voters say they view the description of a candidate as politically liberal as positive, down four points from last November. Forty-one percent see it as a negative description, up five points form the earlier survey, while 42% say it's somewhere in between.

Thirty-two percent now consider it a positive to describe a candidate as politically progressive, but that's down from 40% just after the last election. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see it as negative label, up from 16%, and 36% put it somewhere in between the two.

But "conservative" also has lost ground. In November, 37% said they had a positive opinion of a candidate described as politically conservative, but only 32% feel that way now. Twenty-nine percent see conservative as a negative description, up seven points from the earlier survey. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think it's somewhere in between.

Even "moderate" is a bit more in disfavor these days. Thirty-five percent say moderate is a positive political description, down from 40%. Only 12% say it's a negative, but that's up four points. Largely unchanged are the 51% who say it's somewhere in between.

Being "like Ronald Reagan" is the one political description that hasn't changed, even though some in his own party have suggested that Republican candidates should distance themselves from the late president. In November, 43% had a positive opinion of a candidate compared to Reagan, and 41% still feel that way now. Twenty-five percent (25%) view it as a negative political description, compared to 26% in the previous survey. Thirty-one percent (31%) say being like Reagan is somewhere in between a positive and a negative.

In short, Americans admire most the political figure who started the decline to where we are today - TPR


Anonymous Mairead said...

I don't think so, Sam. I'd say "in short, and as usual, people tend to try to stay out of trouble by identifying themselves as whatever the Big Mouths around them say is good.

In this case, that's Reagan. The unabashed, opinionated loudmouths with a hostility problem and chronic difficulty thinking are the ones who liked Reagan. He was like them: his brain didn't function well.

But that doesn't mean the people looking for a quiet life really believe what they're saying on anything but the most superficial level. Put them in a different environment with different loudmouths and their verbal identification will change to suit."

September 11, 2009 2:13 PM  
Blogger www.democratz.org said...

ssen appears a partisan Republiklan party pollster. I would not trust them.


September 13, 2009 3:12 PM  
Blogger www.democratz.org said...

ooops Rasmussen appears a partisan Republiklan pollster.


September 13, 2009 3:13 PM  

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