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Voters Continue to See Congressional Democrats, Republicans as Extreme

The number of voters who  consider the Republican agenda in Congress as extreme has risen to its highest level yet, while a plurality continues  to view the Democrats' that way. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 49% of Likely Voters describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as extreme.  That finding is up six points from last month and the highest level measured since monthly tracking on this question began a year ago.  

In the most recent survey, 35% see the GOP agenda in Congress as mainstream while another 16% are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A plurality of voters (45%) says the Democratic agenda is extreme, while 41% see it as mainstream.  Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.   Since last year, the number of voters who describe the Democratic agenda as mainstream has ranged from 32% to 40%. Those who believe it is extreme have run from 45% to 57%.

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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.

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