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61% See President Obama As More Liberal Than They Are

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

A majority of voters still believe President Obama is more ideologically liberal than they are.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that just 24% think the president's ideological views are about the same as theirs. Sixty-one percent (61%) believe the president is more liberal than they are, up four points from 57% in August.   Only 11% see him as more conservative. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Among Democrats, 45% say Obama's views generally match their own, while 29% say he is more liberal than they are and 19% say he's more conservative. Most Republicans (83%) and voters not affiliated with either major political party (69%) see the president as being more liberal than they are. 

The vast majority of conservative voters regard Obama as more liberal, as do 53% of moderate voters. Forty-nine percent (49%) of liberal voters say their views are about the same as the president’s.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 28-March 1, 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.


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