Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Voters continue to feel the Republican agenda in Congress is less extreme than that of congressional Democrats.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters now describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream, while nearly as many (38%) view it as extreme. Twenty percent (20%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
At the same time, 38% of voters think the agenda of Democrats in Congress is mainstream, while nearly half (49%) believe it is extreme. Thirteen percent (13%) remain undecided.
This marks an improvement for Democrats from August of last year when 57% rated their congressional agenda as extreme and 34% said it was mainstream. Attitudes toward the GOP agenda in Congress have changed only slightly: In August, 45% said it was mainstream, 40% extreme.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters U.S. Voters was conducted on January 9-10, 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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