Monday, September 26, 2011
Rasmussen Reports periodically asks Likely U.S. Voters to rate political labels, and the latest national telephone survey finds that 39% consider it a positive when a political candidate is described as being “pro-gun.”
Only 27% see this as a negative description, while another 30% say it lies somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
A plurality (37%) considers it a negative when a candidate is said to be supported by a union. Just 22% see being labeled as someone supported by a union as a positive thing, while 35% believe it’s somewhere in between.
Naturally, there are strong partisan divides on both labels. While most Republicans (62%) and a plurality of voters not affiliated with either party (42%) sees being labeled “pro-gun” as positive, 49% of Democrats see that as negative.
Most GOP voters (62%) say it’s negative to be described as being supported by unions, a view shared by just 14% of Democrats and 37% of unaffiliated voters.
For comparison’s sake, a separate survey finds that 38% of all voters consider it a positive when a candidate is described as “a conservative”; 37% say the same of the label “moderate,” 31% of “progressive” and 29% of “Tea Party.” Continuing in dead last is “liberal,” seen as a positive by just 21% of voters.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 18-19, 2011 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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