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. Ted

    It is amazing that the neocon rightwing politicians have ceded authority to this pompous buffoon. The Republican party has lost its way and will never be relevant again unless they get a politician into the leadership position and that automatically excludes Palin and Cheney who are ex-gov and ex-vp respectively.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 30, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. RR in AZ

    Rush for President!!

    November 30, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. usualone

    This just shows how far the Republicans have fallen. Where is their integrity? Don't they realize that every time these Limbaughs and Becks talk they are only for making monies off their loyal supporters. I hope that only a few (vocal) Americans think like these guys. They are dangerous for our country, they are not simply entertainers as some are prone to say.

    November 30, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Freedom of speech is a wonderful liberty to have. The ability to separate what is real,from that that is imaginary is not a part of our constitution, but should be a high priority for all citizens. If the latter had a higher priority than it currently holds, the aformentioned radio personality would have lower ratings, and dimished popularity.


    November 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. That Other Jerry

    This is not a knock on Limbaugh, but it is telling that the most influential conservative in the country is, by his own admission, an entertainer. Conservatives who care about this country and about their own philosophy and ideology should balance Limbaugh's deliberately hyped-up rhetoric with other, more thoughtful positions. Until they do, we will not see the level of thoughtful discourse which the problems we face in this country deserve. Commentator/entertainers such as Limbaugh have a place, but so do real policymakers and analysts. Clearly we are out of balance between the two.

    November 30, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Jake

    what a sad commentary on conservatives!

    November 30, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. tjones09

    This is nonsense. Ron paul is the only real conservative that has any credibility left in the republican party. I'm not sure why the media always promotes these half-conservatives 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 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Cynt

    Well I bet Steele won't open his mouth and dispute this for fear he may have to apologize to this big fat greasy ignorant bum. Why even poll this big stupid clown, this is only going to swell his fat head more, besides this does not help the GOP, it hurts them. To have this idiot be favored as the leader of the GOP, that's is insane.

    November 30, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Jerry

    The report forgets to add that poll came from state run media source AP , as always only half the story, false or not.

    November 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Proud Vet

    One day, he will be considered a legend... for his stupidity and for the stupidity of all who follow him!!!!!!!!!

    November 30, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Richp the Poconos

    Being a conservative, one who lives withing my means, uses credit only when necessary and believes in the country I served for over 27 years in some real armpits they have sent me to, I can say that I have not listened to Rush for about 3 years. I am no longer a republican or democrat, I vote my best choice and sadly those choices have been a choice between a hoover or a kirby for the past 18 years.

    November 30, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Mike in SA

    Yes, 100% of Democrats think that Rush Limbaugh is the most influential conservative...and maybe 2% of actual conservatives think that.

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

    What a scary thought!

    November 30, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Embarassed Democrat

    Thanks to Obama the democrats do not stand a chance in 2012.

    November 30, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Texas Annie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    GAGGGGGGGGG me!! I can NOT stand Rush Limbaugh.

    November 30, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. walleye

    Only a moron would even listen to the words of Limbarg and Beck. How much lower can the GOP go?

    November 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Greg, MN

    Anyone who is in the public eye is going to be the most influential. Why did GWB get blamed for the mortgaged crisis – he was the one in the public eye. No body cared that Chris Dodd and Barney Franck failed to act on Bush's warnings to their commitee (Democratic Controlled) to rein in Fannie and Freddie.

    November 30, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. double standard

    60 minutes and Vanity Fair? Seriously? Funny, most conervatives do not consider Beck nor Limbaugh as our voice.... if thats what vanity fair readers believe, then so be it. Silly.... and people say FOX isnt news...vanity fair!?!

    November 30, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Michael in Houston

    Limbaugh, Palin, Cheney and THATS a freakshow

    November 30, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. mark

    he's better than blowhards pelosi and reid...

    November 30, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. payback

    ...If, I were a draft-dodger, with a low IQ, who believe's , that the Earth is flat. I'd guess I would be a (rush) republican too........

    November 30, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Emma

    That is a sad commentary for the state of mind and the questionable values of Limbaugh's viewers!

    November 30, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. JonDie

    Just show you can be dumber the dirt and still have a following.

    But Jesus used the metaphor of the sheep for a reason...Jesus knew that most humans never raise above the intellectual level of a sheep.

    November 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Rush is coarse and crude and should not be a major spokesman for any group.

    November 30, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Sea.gem

    "conservative" and "Republican" are not the same thing...try the same poll with Libs and you may get George Soros or Susan Sarandon for your answer...does that make them the leader of the Dems?...just another example of hate-mongering and misrepresentation from the Left...

    November 30, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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