Why You Must Go Beyond The Headline

The headline: from Rasmussen: Just 11% of Republicans Say Limbaugh Is Their Party’s Leader.

This certainly sounds like it might be of significance in light of the Democratic efforts (with Republican cooperation) to tie the GOP to Rush Limbaugh. One’s interpretation of this headline should change considerably after reading a few paragraphs down:

For this topic, respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with the statement, “Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party. He says jump, and they say how high.”

Phrased this way, I’m surprised that even 11% agreed. A poll regarding Republican views of different potential leaders without such leading language would be far more interesting. I bet far more than 11% would say they like Rush.

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  1. 1
    Kelsey says:


    Rush Limbaugh is making the Republican Party look awful.  I think he is an entertainer who has no authority to rip the party in two halves, those who support Obama and those who do not.  I found an interesting video assessing his actions from global media perspectives.  Ariana Huffington gives quite an amusing portrayal.
    http://www.newsy.com/videos/rushing_the_gop/
     

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    Robert L. www.neolibertarian.com says:

    Rush, who I have been negative about in my last couple posts, is a passionate and articulate man who is espousing a strong and consistent ideology. When you compare this to other potential Republican  “leaders” who spend their time in partisan sniping, yelling “tax cuts” like they are invoking some kind of serpent god, and calling democrats socialists , well . . . in the land of the blind, the one eyed Rush is king.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    That ending sounds like a description of Limbaugh to me.

    So this mean you would have responded to the poll question with a yes or no? 🙂

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    Robert L. www.neolibertarian.com says:

    I’m not sure the Republicans have a leader (nor is this necessarily a bad thing) but if you assume they do then Rush would be the guy.   It looks like Steele had to ask Rush how high . . . 

    I would have liked to see the results from your “views of different potential leaders” approach to the poll with a “none of the above” answer thrown in for good measure.

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    nomoreGOP says:

    hey neolibs..

    its kind of hard to take anything you say seriously when you post crap like:
    http://www.neolibertarian.com/at-large/?p=527

    80%  of the stimulus is a waste?
    the war only cost $600 billion?

    im having a “fuzzy math” flashback here..

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    Robert L. www.neolibertarian.com says:

    The 600 Billion dollar figure for the Iraq war is from the very liberal National Priorities Project.   I debunked the higher number used in other places in Lies, Damn Lies and well Damn Lies.  The rest is just math which is pretty clearly laid out in the post.

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