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Poll: Sarah Palin, Choice of the Limbaugh Listener

Mark this Washington Post poll as one of the less surprising surveys of the Republican Party this year. Only 18 percent of self-identified Republicans call

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Nov 30, 2009

Mark this Washington Post poll as one of the less surprising surveys of the Republican Party this year. Only 18 percent of self-identified Republicans call Sarah Palin the national figure who most represents their values.

Among those who regularly listen to Limbaugh, however, Palin was cited by 48 percent, and among Beck’s viewers, it was 35 percent, far surpassing others.

I say it’s not a surprise because Palin has courted fans of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, appearing on their shows in the run-up to her book tour. The Limbaugh and Beck versions of the anti-Obama argument are actually somewhat different — if you had to summarize them, Limbaugh sees Obama as the latest Democratic socialist president, while Beck sees him as the culmination of 100 years of Communist planning to destroy the fabric of American life. So it makes sense that Limbaugh’s hard partisan fans like Palin more than Beck’s trust-no-one fans.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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