November 30th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Limbaugh most influential conservative, say Americans

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. bob in LA

    So that's why the lead story on the Ticker isn't about Palin!
    I guess CNN found out we don't really care enough about her to make her a headline for a 10th day in a row.
    It's also interesting that conservatives feel an entertianer is the most powerful conservative in the country.
    They've had Regan, Arnold and now Rush (and Joe the Plumber!) but STILL complain about the liberals in Hollywood- laughable.

    November 30, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. The Real Repblican Motto: "In Fear We Trust"

    Only sideline crap slingers like Limbaugh and Hannity and Beck CAN lead the republican party, because they have nothing at risk.

    There is no accountability for them, nothing for the republican brown shirt party purity patrol to hang them with. They don't run for election, so there is nothing the democrats can really do except point out their extreme, lowest-common-denominator pandering, which only endears them to their ditto-head base.

    Perfect leadership for a do nothing party of "No".

    November 30, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. lila

    Both Rush and Glenn exploit politics for personal profit. It's kind of fitting that they are the leaders of the conservative voice now. I can tell you that the GOP is no longer the party of our founding fathers. It has turned into something unrecognizable from it's past nobility and intellectual depth. Thomas Jefferson understood the significance of higher
    education and thought it should be made "public" like his bill for basic public education. Now the conservative party is anti higher education.. because the odds are that the more educated a person is the less likely they will be conservative (or conservative in the ignorant and manipulative fashion Rush and Beck sell for personal profit).

    November 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    An influential "know-it-all." How American.
    Have a nice day!

    November 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The two most influential conservatives are 'entertainers' who spread lies. How sad. I remember and respect true conservatives (Buckley, Reagan, Will, etc.) even if I didn't agree with their positions. At least they had reasons and rationale for their viewpoint. Can any one point out an actual rationale behind Glenn Beck's rants or Limbaugh's bloviations?

    November 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Lindsey

    A sad day for conservatives when this loon is the most influential, anyone who thinks this guy has credability I have no respect for and pity them.

    November 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston

    If Rush, Hannity, Cheney and Palin hate Americans who don't agree with them just think about the damage they can do around the World spreading hate. If there is a fear of attacks, we haven't seen anything yet with one of these as our leader, we can kiss our own you know what good bye.

    November 30, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Expat American

    How are Cheney and Palin equal with 10 percentage points each? Cheney served in the USG for 30+ years...Palin winks and waves her Alaska pageant bikini over her head every time someone asks her a 'books-smart' question that no one provided her with a flashcard answer to.

    How did that happen?

    November 30, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Marc

    I don't know what can be worst for the future of the USA, the Republican Party becoming a safe harbor for this kind of 'entertainer' that only offer bashing and smearing and no real alternative or the fact that these kind of people become the role model for future 'politicians'...
    There are serious (as in non basher/smearer and thoughtful) conservatives out there. While I don't agree with most of what you guys believe in, I really would like to hear from you again...

    November 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Ted from Calif.

    I'm amazed at those who describe themselves as true conservativists. They are nothing but Republicans trying to rebrand their failed party. What a joke!

    November 30, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Tex

    Hah! This is hilarious news, especially considering Limbaugh is a certified racist. Back to the Goldwater days!

    November 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Fools, All of the Dittoheads

    Yeah, Rush is the Grand Pooba of the Republican party. This clown is smart, it's his followers who are fools. He doesn't even have to think about what he says because he's got so many dittoheads following him no matter what. What fools.

    November 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I know that this isn't a real surprise to me. I read that someone stated that he does research before he speaks on a topic. The real questions are: where does he do his research; how long does he do his research and what are the questions and assumptions that guide it. These are important questions. I think that he likes raising hell more than being someone who can raise the appropriate questions and raise the level of debate in this country. He is just in it for the money. Even if he changed his mind and became liberal, he'd still do the conservative thing just because he is out there to make money.

    November 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    Wait a minute!!!! WHAT AMERICANS????? 855 Americans??!! Influential in WHAT and HOW???

    Definition of Influential: powerful, important, significant, dominant, leading, prominent, high-ranking!

    CNN: Next time, PLEASE state what type of AMERICANS were polled!! STOP using the word AMERICANS when it does not represent ALL Americans. So since you're leaving it up to ME to figure out what you mean – I will state the following:

    Oh YES, they ARE influential. They are SIGNIFICANTly obnoxious, HIGH-RANKING when it comes to ignorance; DOMINANT – yes – in sarcasm and hate; LEADING in Stupidity; IMPORTANT when it comes to saying NO; POWERFUL within their own FAR-RIGHT noRIGHT jurisdiction and last but not least, PROMINENT in a way that shows just how much they are ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!

    November 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Pat

    ROTFL – Limbauch, Cheney and Palin – WOW, that says a lot about the republican party!!!!

    November 30, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. JR

    what about Michael Steele?

    November 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Fan of Common Sense

    Most influential AMERICAN. He's a national treasure.

    November 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Fitz in Texas

    I never in my life listened to Rush Limbaugh. What got me to listen to Mr. Limbaugh was all the downright nasty things said about him. Now I'm happy to say all you folks with your insults of Rush Limbaugh have made me a fan of Mr. Limbaugh. Thank you all so much. I really do enjoy his show.

    November 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. Peejay

    Limbaugh is the most audible and visible of what I've begun to call Republican mascots. It's Limbaugh's immaturity and insecurity that makes him blow so hard, and so sad that the arch-conservative base has enabled him to the extent that it has.

    November 30, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. AJ

    That alone should underscore the lack of character and intelligence in the modern American conservative movement.

    November 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. Enough

    Wow, the responses on this board are reflective of your limited knowledge. Sorry, you have NO credibility considering you elected the worst president in history.

    November 30, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Chris - Denver

    In any just world Mr. Limbaugh would have been laughed out of public life many years ago.

    November 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. S M R

    Only in America can a person spread obvious lies (exercising freedom of speech rights) and make millions. It's sad to see fellow American's so brainwashed to believe GOP talking points. Just sitting here shaking my head............

    November 30, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Frank, Las Vegas

    And this is exactly why the Republican Party is very very quickly becoming the Republican Group! They will follow him right off the right wing cliff, then without a doubt, wonder what happened to them. IDIOTS!

    November 30, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Richard-Arkansas

    We have been saying that he was head of the Republican Party and this just confirms it. Mr Steele may want to be sure his office sign is still on his door.

    November 30, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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