Monday, September 14, 2009

Rasmussen: Voters Turn Negative On All Political Labels Except Reagan

In light of Obama's poll numbers - which have climbed slightly - but remain in negative territory with an approval index today of -3, and the massive turn-out in Washington D.C. over the weekend with estimates ranging from 1.2 million to as many as 2 million protesters against big government, it shouldn't come as a giant surprise that most voters polled have a very negative outlook on political labels of all kinds - EXCEPT Reaganism.

From Rasmussen Reports comes this story

"Progressive” is becoming more of a dirty word, but all political labels – except “being like Ronald Reagan” - are falling into disfavor with many U.S. voters, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

“Liberal” is still the worst and remains the only political description that is viewed more negatively than positively. Being like Reagan is still the most positive thing you can say about a candidate.

Just 15% of voters say they view the description of a candidate as politically liberal as positive, down four points from last November. Forty-one percent (41%) see it as a negative description, up five points form the earlier survey, while 42% say it’s somewhere in between.

Aware of their low ideological ratings, political liberals have shifted in recent times to calling themselves progressives, but that name, too, has begun to lose its luster. Thirty-two percent (32%) now consider it a positive to describe a candidate as politically progressive, but that’s down from 40% just after the last election. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see it as negative label, up from 16%, and 36% put it somewhere in between the two. Click here for the rest of the story.

1 comment:

  1. The fascinating thing about politics at this moment is that the Republicans are leaderless and flailing - the Democrats have a leader who is loosing/has lost credibility and over a million people show up, leaderless, to protest "big government". It's amazing. We live in remarkable times politically.