Poll: 53% say Limbaugh should be fired

posted at 6:37 pm on March 14, 2012 by Allahpundit

Bloomberg thinks this is a big deal but I suspect numbers like that are baked in the cake for any prominent polarizing political personality. Some people on your own side won’t like you but nearly everyone on the other side will hate you, so you’re always starting off in a hole on questions of favorability even if you have millions of adoring fans. In a poll like this, given all the attention lately to his “slut” comments, I’d have guessed that heavy, heavy majorities of Democrats and left-leaning independents would say he should be fired, as would a significant number of Frum-type centrist Republicans who think the GOP would be better off without him. And near as I can tell, that’s basically what we have:

As for Limbaugh’s derogatory comments about Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, men are split over whether the radio host should be let go from his job — 49 percent say so, while 47 percent disagree. Fifty-six percent of women support the move compared with 39 percent who don’t. Almost one in three Republicans, 30 percent, say Limbaugh should be fired for the remarks.

Limbaugh mocked Democrats on the air yesterday for having thought his comments about Fluke were going to work to their advantage, saying they failed to gain significant headway among women voters.

There’s no partisan breakdown but Ed e-mails to say that the sample is probably the same as the one that produced this Bloomberg poll data yesterday, i.e. 35D/34R/27I. If you assume 80 percent of Dems want him fired, 55 percent of indies/centrists, and then the 30 percent of Republicans that Bloomberg claims — all of which is in line with what you’d expect based on normal partisanship — then you get to the overall figure of 53 percent. (If you assume a larger number for independents, you need to assume a smaller one for Dems.) That’s not to say that no one is sincerely offended, but he’s a red-meat conservative provocateur and the left and a good chunk of the center hates red-meat conservative provocateurs and that’s naturally going to guide their judgment, just as the right’s love for him will incline them to cut him some slack. A more interesting poll would have asked how many self-described Rush fans are so offended that even they think Clear Channel should drop him. I’m going to guess not many.

Speaking of which, via the Daily Caller, here he is on today’s show announcing that he just landed four new ads. Read William Jacobson’s post too at Legal Insurrection rounding up news on the conservative counteroffensive to the left’s Rush boycott. If I had to guess, I’d bet that’s what’s driving that 20 percent or so of Dems who don’t think he should be fired. Like Bill Maher, they know where this is heading and it ain’t good.


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22044 on March 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

When Rush first started his show August of 1988 he’d read at least 8 or 9 newspapers as the internet didn’t exist in it’s present form when his radio show began. He started with 56 stations then and still has over 600. So it makes no sense all he does is read off Drudge. He reads from dozens of sites every day. His show is and always will be what he thinks of current events, it’s why the left hates him and wishes him off the air.

mike0993 on March 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

And of course, this is a startlingly good example of an irrelevant poll. None of the people who voted that way actually have a voice regarding Limbaugh’s employment. If I’m his employers and I’m looking at ad revenue, I SMH and laugh at idiots who conduct such polls (let alone those who respond to them). So irrelevant.

fabrexe on March 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I take great offense at Bill Maher’s War On Fat F**ks! Fat F**ks the world over must stand united in their refusal to be silenced!

surrounded on March 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

MontanaMmmm on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

That was a good ad!! Liked the picture at the end:-)

bluefox on March 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Just more garbage in garbage out. The left spends much time, effort, and money to create a narrative and then does a poll. Are the results surprising. So predictable.

CW on March 14, 2012 at 8:23 PM

It’s all a two week dust up and will not affect Rush Limbaugh, his revenue, or the stations that carry his shows’ revenue. The poll here is about as worthless as the tool that started the whole kefluffle.

Take a deep breath, by next week everyone will be outrageously outraged by something equally benign in the big scope of things.

Tim Zank on March 14, 2012 at 8:24 PM

As dear old dad used to say “if you don’t like what you’re seein’ or hearin’, turn the stinkin’ channel. Don’t tear up the Bill of Rights.”

Mr Mxyzptlk on March 14, 2012 at 8:25 PM

My post in this thread from several hours ago was fairly innocuous. Why was it deleted?

Tomolena1 on March 14, 2012 at 8:29 PM

…He does not speak for me on any issue!

lhuffman34

And as a regular Rush listener, I should give a crap about what you think?

I have found that most people that want/demand Rush being taken off the air have never really listened to him.

Gothguy on March 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM

MontanaMmmm on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM
That was a good ad!! Liked the picture at the end:-)bluefox on March 14, 2012 at 8:07 PM

BRING…It…ON!
luv that.

MontanaMmmm on March 14, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Fired from what…? He’s a syndicated entity not a company employee.

bigjack on March 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM

100% of those polled don’t spend one second listening to the show, but they damn well know you shouldn’t be allowed to hear it.

Good Lt on March 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Until the libturds figure out how to make Rush fire himself, all that can be said is “Ain’t gonna happen.”

Jurisprudence on March 14, 2012 at 8:43 PM

How many want Obama and or Holder fired….?

NeoKong on March 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

…I’m waiting for that poll!
They poll the same people who don’t know who their VP is?… don’t know their Senator?…don’t know their Congress person?…don’t know what is in Obama care?…don’t know how government works? None of my friends bother to answer polls. We hang up on them…so we know who they talk too!

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

He said he would have to fire himself, but then he can’t because there’s still too many who don’t agree with him. Has Maher removed himself from beneath the bus yet? Rush rules!

Kissmygrits on March 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Good thing that Rush’s inalienable rights are not subject to a vote.

Dollayo on March 14, 2012 at 8:51 PM

“People are stupid” ~ Democrat pollster

Roy Rogers on March 14, 2012 at 8:52 PM

And what percentage of that 53% have ever listened for longer than the time it takes to change the station?

A Balrog of Morgoth on March 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Fired? No. Suspended? Yes.

The Nerve on March 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

let me get this straight.

1. Rush works for himself and would have to fire himself. Advertisers bailing out didn’t work out so well for those companies, and the stations that carry his show would also be insane to drop, the ad space during that 3 hour segment is the most valuable real estate most have to offer…. so no that isn’t going to happen.

2. Isn’t it silly that a bunch of people who do not ever listen to his show are outraged? Why do they even care? Rush and any controversy he stirs up is a job creator… there is an entire left-wing cottage industry built up around listening to every word Rush speaks and then doing whatever insane things they do with that information.

maineconservative on March 14, 2012 at 9:03 PM

What a bunch of crap, so what if He’s fired don’t you think 10,000 radio stations would hire him the next day???

royzer on March 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Fired? No. Suspended? Yes.
No.
The Nerve on March 14, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Deal.

Good Lt on March 14, 2012 at 9:07 PM

53% want Limbaugh fired? I’m sorry but it doesn’t work that way. Let’s poll Limbaugh’s audience and see how many want him fired.
This is nothing more than the left having a collective wet dream.

iceman1960 on March 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Who’s gonna fire him? If they don’t even know that he’s created his own job, I wouldn’t expect them to understand what free speech is all about.

We can thank the liberals for that.

disa on March 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

99.99999% of those interviewed have absolutely no say in the matter.

Richard Blaine on March 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Make no mistake, the same folks who’d like to see Rush “fired” are the exact same folks who’d love to see the FCC yank EIB’s license and see a government taxpayer subsidized Air America put in place.

antipc on March 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

no vid of jon stewart last night making the right look like a bunch of dumb hypocrites themselves(as always) for saying “it’s ok rush can say those things because he’s an entertainer” when bill maher himself is…. an entertainer? unless rush really is more than that hmmmmm

DBear on March 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha, to funny

swimcoachmike on March 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

If they fire Rush Limbaugh then they better fire Ed Shultz and Bill Maher too.

SoulGlo on March 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

DBear on March 14, 2012 at 9:41 PM

You have demonstrated your ignorance sufficiently today.

Job well done!

tom daschle concerned on March 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Don’t they talk about this enough for both sides? This was never news.

John Kettlewell on March 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

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blockquote>A nation of whiners. I don’t care for Rush, Coulter or other right wing types that seem to specialize in hatefulness, and I despise the lefty folks who do it, but I can always change the channel. It is pathetic how many people want somebody fired just to shut them up.

Southernblogger on March 14, 2012 at 6:56 PM

There is nothing hateful about either of them. Reality is not what it SEEMS to you.

JannyMae on March 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

JannyMae;
You are obviously struggling under the misconception that Hate is a Negative Emotion of Malevolence and Rancor directed at individuals or groups without reason.

No; Hate is any and all disagreement with a Leftist Point of View or Leftist Position in any form.

See, they are Hateful! (In a Pig’s Eye.)

jaydee_007 on March 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I could design a reasonable looking poll that would give the results that 53% would say that they wanted Rush to be executed, and all of his regular listeners have sharp metal rods poked into their eardrums.

Anyone in this day and age that puts any credence in any poll is a fool.

LegendHasIt on March 14, 2012 at 11:35 PM

He should be fired? First of all, who is his boss? yeah, I thought so……

deimos on March 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

He should be fired? First of all, who is his boss? yeah, I thought so……

deimos on March 14, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Exactly. This “53%” figure is obviously not composed of the considered opinions of people who know anything about the “issue.”

J.E. Dyer on March 14, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Apparently, 53% don’t understand free speech and cannot comprehend how a profitable operation maintains it’s profitability.

I hope 53% isn’t the number of likely voters that think odumbo has been good for this country.

Wolfmoon on March 15, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Where’d they conduct this poll, outside a Planned Parenthood clinic?

SuperCool on March 15, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Note to the 53%: Rush Limbaugh works for Rush Limbaugh so who, exactly, is going to fire him?

jarhead0311 on March 15, 2012 at 5:23 AM

And as a regular Rush listener, I should give a crap about what you think?

I have found that most people that want/demand Rush being taken off the air have never really listened to him.

Gothguy on March 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM

They are also much too thick to understand that we listen to Rush, not because we seek to be “led”, but because he gives eloquent voice to what we have always believed and reinforces those beliefs. Beliefs, by the way, that the left has been trying to crush in the public schools for years.

swinia sutki on March 15, 2012 at 5:49 AM

100% of those polled don’t spend one second listening to the show, but they damn well know you shouldn’t be allowed to hear it.

Good Lt on March 14, 2012 at 8:40 PM

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That pretty much sums it up.
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Also, I’d want to know how the polling question(s) is worded.

listens2glenn on March 15, 2012 at 7:01 AM

I guess we’re back to being stupid Americans, again.

53% of Americans want do ditch the Bill of Rights due to being manipulated by the moronic JournoLister meme of the moment.

Fixed headline

I no longer have to ask myself how it could possibly happen in 1933. I see as easily manipulated population in this country, today.

God help us.

MNHawk on March 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

I am willing to bet the the truth is ….

80% of the people do not care if Limbaugh is on the air or not! People that do not like Rush simply do not listen!

Polls like this are total garbage. They have no relationship to the truth.

Freddy on March 15, 2012 at 8:03 AM

This 53% would have more credibility if they were consistent in their messaging. They only want to remove from the airwaves those who disagree with them. Rush disagrees with them. Therefore, Rush should be denied the public airwaves.

They agree with MSNBC calling Palin (label removed by poster) so MSNBC should be given more frequencies, more airtime.

This “hoo-ray for me and to h**l with you” attitude helps only a select few and proves to me that they are selfish, self-centered people interested in only their own welfare at the expense of everyone else. They are incapable of existing on their own, making their own way in life, earning their own money, or making their own decisions. Unfortunately there are millions of them and their numbers are growing each day.

In the not too distant future we will have a slave class supporting these wretched morons.

gasmeterguy on March 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

funny the only place leftist “pseudo outraged” Femi-hogs can silence the right is on CNN & MSNBC . As a woman I am outraged that those fat ugly women think they speak for me… I love Rush!!! Seems to me the real haters are MEN haters … Maddcow really hates men..she won’t even have sex with them…she must be a bigot … silence her take hr off the air… infact all man haters need to be off the air!! LOL

charmingtail on March 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

If the sociopaths sociopath/communist people applied the same rules to their kind of so called humans, there would not be any damocrap people to spew their lies!
Rush on Rush!

harvey1 on March 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

My guess is that that 53% is comprised primarily of Dummycrats, which also means that that 53% is truly a bunch of really sick bastards!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 15, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Strange, I bet the same % of people will vote for Ron Paul.

sucka’s.

RealMc on March 15, 2012 at 6:39 PM

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