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Most Voters Think President Obama is More Liberal Than They Are

Sunday, July 10, 2011

As they have consistently, voters continue to believe that President Obama is more liberal than they are, though that number has reached a new low.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think President Obama is more liberal than they are.  In early June, 54% felt the president was more liberal than they are.  Prior to the latest survey, the number of voters who feel this way has ranged from 54% to 61%. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just 15% feel the president is politically more conservative than they are, the highest level measured to date. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe the president’s ideology is about the same as their own.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of Republicans think the president is more liberal than they are. Among Democrats, a plurality (49%) say they share a similar ideology to the president, 26% say he is more conservative than they are, and 20% say he is more liberal. A majority (55%) of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe the president is more liberal than they are.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 5, 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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