Here’s a new poll from Rasmussen Reports:
4* In political terms, is Michelle Obama very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?
39% Very liberal
25% Somewhat liberal
4% Somewhat conservative
1% Very conservative
11% Not sure
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to all the demographics (with party breakdowns), but Rasmussen does say in the article that “Only 12% of likely Obama voters say Mrs. Obama is Very Liberal versus 69% of those who plan to vote for McCain. … Interestingly, while 63% of conservatives view her as Very Liberal, only 20% of liberals – and 28% of self-designated moderates — feel that way.”
This actually surprised me. Of course, I think she’s very liberal, but 39% is a high number. Normally the percentages for Very and Somewhat Liberal would be switched. And having 20% of liberals say she’s very liberal is high too. 28% of moderates isn’t bad, but it’s on the higher side. And with moderates, you want them to think that you’re a moderate too.
But, we’re not electing Michelle Obama, we’re voting for (or against) Barack. What could make a difference is how much she affects her husband’s decision making. Rasmussen asked that as well:
5* If Barack Obama is elected President, how involved will Michelle Obama be when it comes to making important policy decisions?
26% Very involved
31% Somewhat involved
25% Not very involved
4% Not at all involved
14% Not sure
And again, we have some demographics from the article: “Forty-six percent (46%) of likely Obama voters say Mrs. Obama will be at least somewhat involved in making important policy decisions, and only 12% think she will be Very Involved. But 41% of potential McCain voters expect her to be Very Involved in major policy decisions, and an additional 30% say they expect her to be somewhat involved. … Similarly, 24% of male voters and 27% of female voters expect her to be Very Involved in major policy decisions.”
And that seems pretty average to me, I just wish they’d have broken it down by ideology/party. If anybody has a Premium account and can tell me the numbers (only if it’s legal), that’d be great!
So, Michelle Obama comes across as too liberal to too many people, and I think that that is going to hurt Barack, especially as he’s running against a semi-moderate conservative.
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