But Those 21% Are Really Enthusiastic

2 comments February 4th, 2009at 10:13pm Posted by Eli

Best. Poll. Ever.

An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have “cold” feelings towards the right-wing radio talk show host. Limbaugh was the least popular of the all the political figures the firm polled. He polls seven points lower than Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright and eight points below former Weather Underground domestic terrorist William Ayers.

Limbaugh is so unpopular only 44 percent of Republican voters reported “warm” feelings towards him, ten points less than those who felt the same way about Limbaugh’s top competitor, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and a full 20 points lower than Fox News itself. Yet in spite of rock-bottom favorable numbers, Limbaugh confidently declared one week after Obama’s inauguration that his power far exceeded that of the Republican Party’s top two leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives. Obama, Limbaugh roared, is “obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me, than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”


Despite Limbaugh’s low popularity ratings, Congressional Republicans are so intimidated by his perceived influence that even the most resentful members shamelessly grovel at his feet. He might have alienated vast sectors of the Republican base, but Limbaugh still commands an army of self-proclaimed “Dittoheads” who represent the party’s most politically fervent, ideologically extreme, and easily shepherded element. This is a faction that flood the party’s elected representatives’ offices with phone calls, and which they believe they cannot afford to offend.

I would like nothing more than to see the Republican Party continue their kowtowing-to-a-man-58%-of-voters-can’t-stand strategy.  It’s a surefire winner.

Entry Filed under: Media,Politics,Polls,Republicans


  • 1. Cujo359  |  February 5th, 2009 at 4:54 am

    while 58 percent have “cold” feelings

    Would wanting to kick him in the crotch be considered “cold” or “warm” feelings?

    I’m just askin’.

  • 2. Ruth  |  February 5th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Hopefully the party of Nope will continue its idolatry of Rush, Sarah, DeLay, and the rest of the swill. Please.

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