December 30, 2011

THE BIGGEST THING THE GOP NOMINEE HAS GOING FOR HIM...:

Americans See Views of GOP Candidates Closer to Their Own: Obama, Bachmann furthest away on ideological scale (Jeffrey M. Jones, 12/29/11, Gallup)

Americans perceive Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul as closest to themselves ideologically, and Michele Bachmann and Barack Obama as furthest away.

A USA Today/Gallup poll asked Americans to rate their own ideology -- and the ideology of the eight major presidential candidates -- on a 5-point scale with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative. Americans' mean score on this scale is 3.3, meaning the average American is slightly to the right of center ideologically. Huntsman's score matches that at 3.3, but that mean rating excludes the 45% of Americans who did not have an opinion of Huntsman. Of the better known candidates, Romney's and Paul's 3.5 scores are closest to the average American's ideology.

Perceived Ideology of Presidential Candidates vs Americans' Self-Reported Ideology

Overall, 42% of Americans in the Dec. 15-18 poll describe themselves as very conservative or conservative, 19% as very liberal or liberal, and 37% as moderate. Those figures are in line with what Gallup has measured in recent years for ideological self-identification.

A majority of Americans, 57%, perceive Obama to be liberal, with 23% describing his views as moderate and 15% as conservative.

Many Americans are not highly familiar with the Republican candidates, with between 14% and 45% of respondents unable to rate the GOP candidates' ideologies. 


...is that America isn't paying a lick of attention yet. It gives Mitt, in particular, the opportunity to repudiate all the nonsense he's said trying to get the Right to accept him.



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