Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A new national survey conducted by Democracy Corps and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner finds rightwing radio bloviator, Rush Limbaugh, weighs down heavily on an already weakened Republican Party and I’m not talking about his massive 50 inch waistline.
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, voters view Limbaugh negatively by a two-to-one ratio (53 to 26 percent), with nearly half the country, 45 percent, viewing him very, very negatively.
Among independents, the ratio rises to three-to-one. More important are the values that Limbaugh espouses. By a nearly two-to-one ratio (57 to 32 percent) a majority of voters and independents, say Limbaugh does not “share their values,” but Republicans are in a different world where, by two-to-one, they believe he shares them. A key demographic in the 2006 and 2008 elections — the youth voter, report being particularly uncomfortable with Limbaugh’s politics.
But all the new isn’t negative for Limbaugh. Conservative Republican voters, however, embrace Limbaugh, giving him a very high favorability ratings.