Sunday, September 13, 2009
Only Reagan Looks Good
Rasmussen reports that all political labels, "progressive", "liberal", "conservative" and "moderate" have declined in popularity. The only label that has not declined in popularity is describing a candidate to be like Ronald Reagan. 15% of voters say that the label "liberal" is positive and 27% negative; 32% say that "progressive" is positive and 27% negative; 32% say that "conservative" is positive and 29% negative; and 35% say that "moderate" is positive while 12% say it is negative. For each of these, the negative sentiment has increased and the positive sentiment has decreased. 41% say being like Ronald Reagan is positive and 25% see it as negative. The article does not compare this result to attitudes toward other past presidents, say George Washington. However, it is encouraging that Reagan, who was much closer to the anti-statist liberal view than any president since is enjoying a vogue in this era of Wall Street fascism.