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Plurality Sees Both Republicans, Democrats in Congress as Extreme

For the second month in a row, slightly more voters describe the Republican agenda in Congress as being more extreme than mainstream. Voters have consistently felt this way about the agenda of congressional Democrats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters believeit is more accurate to describe the agenda of Republican members of Congress as extreme, while 40% believe it’s more accurate to label the GOP agenda as mainstream. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Prior to the latest survey, the number who viewed the GOP agenda as extreme bounced between 38% and 43% in six surveys since last August. Last month was the first time more voters felt the Republican agenda was extreme than mainstream.

Forty-seven percent (47%) say the Democratic agenda is extreme, while 40% believe it is mainstream. Fourteen percent (14%) are undecided. 

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 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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