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Democracy Corps Poll: Americans See Limbaugh as a Top Leader of GOP; Doesn't Share Their Values


Media Matters for America today released
the following statement in response to a new poll
by Democracy Corps which analyzed "Republican Leadership and Rush

"The results of this poll
confirm what our work over the past five years has demonstrated: that Rush
Limbaugh is out of the mainstream and that Americans do not share his extremist
said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters. "All Americans have a right to know and should be concerned that a
right-wing media figure is pulling the strings of the Republican Party and
their elected officials."

Media Matters has
documented hundreds of examples of how Limbaugh is out of touch with the
majority of the country. We recently launched the Limbaugh Wire, a resource center
of our latest research on the top-rated radio talk show host.

Key Findings:

The following
data is based on a national Democracy Corps survey of 1,000 2008 voters (830
landline, 170 cell phone weighted; 880 landline, 120 cell phone unweighted)
conducted March 5 through 8, 2009. Margin of error: 3.1 percent. Some data
shown reflects results from 830 likely 2010 voters (863 unweighted; margin of
error 3.4 percent).

A Question of Limbaugh's Republican Leadership

  • After
    McCain and Gingrich, Limbaugh seen as among most influential to Republican
John McCain38%
Newt Gingrich25%
Rush Limbaugh24%
Respondents were allowed to choose two Republican leaders in this question.

Americans' Views of Limbaugh

  • 57
    % feel Rush Limbaugh "does not share my values"
Shares ValuesDoesn't Share
Conservative Republicans66%25%
Moderate/Liberal Republican39%39%
Moderate/Conservative Dems13%77%

To see more of Media Matters research on Limbaugh, please

OR for our greatest hits of Limbaugh,
please visit:

To see the
entire results of the Democracy Corps poll, please visit:

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