Obama Trounces Rush: Poll

Radio host's favorable rating at 19%, 43 points lower than Obama
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2009 9:38 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosts a St. Patrick's Day reception, Tuesday, March 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The war of personalities between President Obama and Rush Limbaugh is closer to a massacre, notes Brian Montopoli, commenting on a CBS News poll that shows only 19% of respondents rate the radio host favorably. That’s 43 points lower than President Obama’s rating. "Not surprisingly," Limbaugh fares better with Republicans, with 47% viewing him favorably, compared to 7% of Democrats.

And Rush may be the future of the party, but the party seems lukewarm about where he's taking it: 40% of Republicans say they're headed in the right direction; 36% disagree.