November 30, 2009 8:29pm CST
(AP) NEW YORK (AP) - By a wide margin, Americans consider Rush Limbaugh the nation's most influential conservative voice. Those are the results of a poll conducted by "60 Minutes" and Vanity Fair magazine and issued Sunday. The radio host was picked by 26 percent of those who responded, followed by Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck at 11 percent. Actual politicians - former Vice President Cheney and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin - were the choice of 10 percent each. Asked to choose from among seven presidents, Americans tapped John F. Kennedy as the one they'd like to see added to Mount Rushmore. Kennedy polled 29 percent, with Ronald Reagan second at 20 percent. With all the talk on the news about whether Americans should have the choice of a government-run health insurance plan in any health care reform, only 26 percent of those who responded said they felt confident explaining the "public option" to someone who didn't know about it. Half of Americans chose laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as a ceremony in which they'd most like to participate. That swamped the other choices: lighting the Olympic torch, tossing the coin to open a Super Bowl, starting the race at the Indianapolis 500, ringing the opening bell at the stock exchange and throwing out the first pitch at the World Series. __ The random national telephone sample of 855 adults was conducted by CBS News from Nov. 6-8. The margin for error is plus or minus three percentage points Interesting that Limbaugh came in first....... What is your opinion. What about Mt Rushmore? I would love to see Reagan up there!Liberals - feel free to bash Limbaugh! for giggles.
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Dec 09
Bah, Limbaugh is a republican shill. If conservativism was the main component of a genuine political ideology, he would have some importance, but I don't buy in to the whole left/right paradigm anyway. Thats one of the main problems with the voting populous is too many people are still largely buying in to that bullshytte. If I was going to describe my "conservative" influences, I would put up names like Ron Paul, Jack Reed (a former democrat) and other non cosmetic conservatives.
• United States
1 Dec 09
Remember, the poll was about who is "influential". Ron Paul is a great voice for true conservatism, but even he has stated that he has very little influence in the grand scheme of things. I would LIKE to see him be more influential, but he's just not.
• Boston, Massachusetts
1 Dec 09
Although Rush got the most votes, 26% is by no means a majority. If you look at the spread and who the votes were spread amongst, it is pretty revealing. I think it shows that the general influences are of the more conservative branch of the GOP. However, Rush coming in ahead may well be that not everyone responding would have been a Republican and it may just be that Rush is viewed by Democrats as being the leader of the Republican party. I know I have seen that asserted by those on the left here at myLot. I would definitely choose Reagan for Mt Rushmore. After all, he made a global impact, something that cannot be denied by anyone who grew up when there was a Berlin Wall. Kennedy was much beloved, but had little opportunity to do anything as notable. Dying young raised him to legendary status, as it did for James Dean, etc. It isn't enough reason to immortalize him at Mt Rushmore.