65 Percent of Union Members Say Obama is More Liberal Than They Are

By Patrick Burke | March 15, 2012 | 5:34 PM EDT

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama has tried to portray himself as a champion of the average American against a wealthy elite. However, a new Rasmussen poll found that 65 percent of union members say they believe Obama is more liberal than they are.

The poll also found that 59 percent of likely voters think Obama is more liberal than they are, an increase of 7 points from last month.

When asked if in political terms President Obama is “more conservative”, “more liberal”, or “about the same,” 59 percent of respondents answered Obama is more liberal than they are, while 11 percent said he is more conservative, and 25 percent said they have views that are “about the same” as the president.

The pollster recorded that 65 percent of likely voters who are also union members said they think the president is more liberal than they are--7 percentage points more than the non-union respondents who feel the same way.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters nationwide was conducted on March 7-8.

Rasmussen posed the same question but instead applied it to Republican and Democratic members of Congress. 62 percent of respondents believe the “average Democrat in Congress” is more liberal than they are, and 47 percent believe the “average Republican in Congress” is more conservative.

Question #4 of the survey asks: “Would it be more accurate to describe the agenda of Republicans in Congress as mainstream or extreme?” Forty-six (46) percent of respondents described the Republican agenda in Congress as “extreme” whereas 41 percent thought “mainstream” was a more apt description, which is a decrease of six percentage points from February.

Conversely, 50 percent viewed the Democratic agenda as “extreme” and 38 percent chose to describe it as “mainstream.”

The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows President Obama slightly behind Gov. Mitt Romney in a hypothetical 2012 presidential race. As of March 15, 26 percent say they “strongly approve” of the President’s job performance and 41 percent “strongly disapprove.”