Sunday, August 14, 2011
Most U.S. voters continue to believe President Obama is more liberal than they are.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 12% of Likely Voters say President Obama is more politically conservative than they are. A majority (54%) feel the president is more liberal, while another 26% say his political ideology is about the same as their own. (To see survey question wording, click here).
The latest findings show little change from last month. The number of voters who see the president as more liberal than they are has ranged from a low of 52% to a high of 61% since August of last year. The number that views the president as more conservative ranged from nine percent (9%) to 15%, while roughly one-out-of-four voters have consistently said they share the same views as the president in that same period.
Just 44% of members of the president’s party say they share the same views as him. Most Republicans (85%) and half (50%) of voters not affiliated with either political party say Obama is more liberal than they are.
When it comes to the president’s overall approval ratings, just 67% of conservative Democrats offer their approval of his job performance. Still, 85% of liberal Democrats approve of the job Obama is doing as president.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 3-4, 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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