If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


51% See Being Compared to Reagan As A Positive for a Candidate

Describing a political candidate as being “like Ronald Reagan” is a winner as far as most voters are concerned. Being called “a socialist” or “a career politician,” on the other hand, is a sure loser.

Continuing Rasmussen Reports’ survey of political labels, 51% of Likely U.S. Voters say in our latest national telephone survey that comparing a candidate to Reagan is a positive. It’s the only label out of 10 we tested that a majority of voters responded favorably to. Twenty-two percent (22%) think saying a candidate is like Reagan is a negative, and 21% rate it somewhere in between the two. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is the first time in surveys for several years that a majority of voters view a Reagan comparison as a positive, but it’s always been the best label for a candidate as far as voters concerned.Reagan’s also the best of the recent presidents to be compared to

Yet while 60% of Mainstream voters think being called like Reagan is a positive for a candidate, 52% of the Political Class view it as a negative. Ninety percent (90%) of Tea Party members consider the Reagan comparison a positive label, compared to 38% of non-members.

(Want a free daily e-mail update  ? If it's in the news, it's in our polls).  Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 27-28, 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.

Want to read more?

Become a Rasmussen Reader to read the article

Have an account?

Log In

Become a Reader


Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.