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Lopez Rates Highest Among New "Idol" Judges

The votes are in, and the new judges on "American Idol" have a fair number of fans so far.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of American Adults have a favorable opinion of singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, making her the most popular of the three judges. Thirty-two percent (32%) view her unfavorably. These findings include 15% with a Very Favorable view of Lopez and six percent (6%) with a Very Unfavorable one. Sixteen percent (16%) aren't sure what they think of her. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Forty-eight percent (48%) sing the praises of veteran judge Randy Jackson, with 11% who have a Very Favorable opinion of him. Jackson is seen unfavorably by 27%, including eight percent (8%) who have a Very Unfavorable regard for him.

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is seen favorably by 43% and unfavorably by 28%. This includes Very Favorables of 15% and Very Unfavorables of eight percent (8%). Twenty-nine percent (29%) aren't sure how they feel about the rock star.

It's important to note that this survey asked the opinions of all Americans, not just "American Idol" watchers. Among those who watch the program, 87% held a favorable opinion of Jackson in February of last year.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on March 11-12, 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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