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.