November 30th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
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Poll: Limbaugh most influential conservative, say Americans

Poll: Limbaugh most influential conservative, say Americans.
Poll: Limbaugh most influential conservative, say Americans.

(CNN) – Americans overwhelmingly say talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh is currently the most influential conservative, according to a new poll.

In the new survey conducted by CBS' "60 Minutes" and Vanity Fair magazine, 26 percent of those sampled identified Limbaugh as the leading conservative, followed by fellow media personality Glenn Beck at 11 percent.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin followed close behind with 10 percent each.

The only Republican who currently holds office to make the list is House Minority Leader John Boehner, who registered 4 percent in the poll.


The poll of 855 Americans was conducted November 6-8 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: Poll • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Mack

    Rush Limbaugh is indeed the truth to conservative lies.

    November 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Grahame

    WOW!!! What a wonderful list. I can just bet that Democrats everywhere will be laughing them selves silly. And this is the projected leadership of the Repub;ican Party...............HA

    November 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    So let me see if I can understand this. Only "has beens" and folks who have never held office are considered the most influential conservatives. Well, as they believe in smaller government, not being a member of it definitely qualifies them. Of course, Cheney would have more credibility to me if he would forego his government pension and Secret Service protection!

    November 30, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Steve in Kentucky

    How pathetic.

    November 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Kate

    So the Republican party is Conservative.......so who does that make their leader........Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Cheney and Boehner........that says it all........good bye GOP

    November 30, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Richard in Oakland

    This is great news for liberals.

    November 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Mike S., New Orleans

    Nothing thrills me more than to know the leaders of the now defunct Republican party are Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, and Sarah Palin. Pass the Oxycotin, turn up the pacemaker, and let's watch the Wasilla Hillbillies on the tv box!

    November 30, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    And since the cons are in charge of the republiklan party, ergo, Lush is the defacto leader of the party of NO which advocates failure for President Obama and therefore, this great country.

    November 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Julie

    It is human nature to gravitate towards the negative and nasty, why I am not sure. Perhaps it is because they get more of a reaction from negativity than from something positive. Think about it, if one should ask themselves, which would I read first, a headline that is negative or a headline that is positive or neutral, most if they are honest will gravitate to the negative, and that is what RUSH is all about.

    November 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. g ontario

    rush and glen-2012

    November 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Janis Alanis

    what??? you mean conservatives are led by mouth piece celebrities and retired fearmongerers?? well, i for one, am shocked.

    November 30, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Speaking of Glenn Beck, what's up with these rumors I keep hearing that he raped and killed a young girl back in 1990? Is this true? I mean, I don't want to believe it but he doesn't deny it, and hasn't even addressed it. We want answers, CNN. Have a nice day!

    November 30, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. FALSE NEWS...not really the news .. just propaganda from hate mongers to the no brainers

    I will personally will draft Limbaugh / Glen Beck to run for president and VP in 2012!....com'on right wing NUTS, com;on do it for the good of Americans; and save us all from this marxist socialist Chinese owned American constitution!!!!

    No kidding, seriously. Lol!!!

    November 30, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Off topic but I thought missy's 432 page missive was supposed to rocket to the top of all the best sellers list.

    Checked the NYT lists yesterday and found Boohoo Beck at number 9 but "Going Rogue, an American LIE" was nowhere to be found.

    I even checked the fiction category.

    November 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Dean

    This is no surprise we knew he was the head of the GOP party.

    November 30, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Blue in NC

    Heaven help the Repubs if those are their top four leaders! Better yet, heaven help us!!

    November 30, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Nick in LA

    In other news, the sun rises in the east, and a year has 12 months.

    This just in: Each year has 4 seasons!

    November 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. mjm

    Well I guess that's settled.

    November 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Mauiharper

    We really need a third party because none of these people are good for America, especially Rush. They are evil, using tactics like fear, lies, temper tantrums, and hate to stir the pot of the feeble minded GOP followers. God help us if any of these contenders take top office or if the GOP gets their way.

    November 30, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. mjm

    What liberals THINK they want and what we are getting are two totally different things when it comes to health care.

    If this bill was just about expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 30 million or so, it wouldn't be 2000 pages long, and it wouldn't cost $849 billion.

    This is another spending bill, it has nothing to do with your health.

    And all you liberals bashing industry, whether it’s insurance of banking or even pharmaceutical, where do you think jobs come from?

    November 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. suzi

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! They deserve him.

    November 30, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. David

    That proves that Rush is the head of GOP and all republican must answer to him.

    November 30, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. anotherGDlefty

    I thought Rush was an entertainer ?

    The ONLY person actually holding office comes in at 4% ? Wow.

    I guess we really know where the folks that were sampled get thier info from. Rush & Glenn.

    November 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Funny Man

    This is nonsense. Ron paul is the only conservative(real one) that has any credibility left in the republican party. I'm not sure why the media always promotes these half-conservative RINOs like Palin and Rush. Ron Paul has a voting record, anti-illegal war, individual liberty platform that hasn't wavered in the winds like some of these other so called conservatives.

    November 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. TR

    No wonder the Republican party is such a mess...

    November 30, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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