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Voters See Republicans Pledge As Campaign Gimmick, But Half Say They Might Do What They’ve Promised

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Most voters are skeptical about the Republicans’ new national Pledge to America, but most think the GOP is at least somewhat likely to do what it promises if it gains control of Congress.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters finds that just 32% regard the Republican Pledge as a serious policy document. Fifty percent (50%) believe instead that it is a campaign gimmick. Eighteen percent (18%) aren’t sure.

But 53% say it is at least somewhat likely that Republicans will do what they promise in the Pledge if they take control of the Congress away from the Democrats. However, that figure includes only 20% who think it is Very Likely.

Forty percent (40%) say the Republicans are unlikely to do what they have pledged, with 17% who say it is Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 26-27, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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