Americans Rate Obama a Liberal

Voters view Mitt Romney as middle of the road, and the president as a liberal.

Among the better-known GOP candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul each rate 3.5 on the scale, putting their ideology next-closest to the average American's. The two candidates are statistically tied for the lead among Republican voters in next Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, according to a CNN/Time/ORC International poll out this week.

The USA Today/Gallup poll asked Americans to rate their own ideology on a scale of 1 to 5 — with 1 being very liberal and 5 being very conservative. Americans put themselves slightly to the right of center with a score of 3.3 — the same rating they give Huntsman, though 45% of those surveyed said they have no opinion of the former Utah governor.

Americans perceive GOP presidential hopeful Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who scored 4.0, and President Obama, who scored 2.3, as furthest from the ideological mainstream.