Revolution Messaging partnered with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Democracy Corps at Netroots Nation 2011 to conduct a straw poll of attendees. GQRR came out with the results in a press release today. Also be sure to check out the LA Times article on Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin coming out on top for who liberals want most as the GOP presidential nominee.
Netroots Nation Straw Poll Results-2011
June 21, 2011. Washington, DC. Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Researchand Democracy Corps, in close partnership with Revolution Messaging, conducted a straw poll of progressive activists, journalists, and bloggers at the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the fourth year the straw poll has been conducted at the conference, the second time participants have been able to take the poll via text message, and by far the largest straw poll conducted yet at the conference, with over 500 people participating.
Netroots participants show broad support for President Obama, with 80 percent approving of his performance as president (27 percent strongly approve, 53 percent somewhat approve) and a strong net positive favorability (with 85 percent giving him a warm personal rating). When asked who they most want to see as the President’s challenger, they showed a strong preference for Sarah Palin to be Barack Obama’s opponent, followed closely by Representative Michele Bachmann. By a wide margin, these respondents also identified job growth as the top issue for President Obama. Stan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, reacted to the results: “Despite some publicized criticism from the left, progressives remain loyal to Barack Obama and remain focused on the economy as the top issue our country faces today.”
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Some other key findings include:
- Much like last year, these participants want to see the Obama administration make one issue their top priority: job growth. Sixty-six percent think that improving the employment market should be the principal focus for the President and Congress. The next most important priority – protecting healthcare reform – sits at 9 percent.
- While respondents are neutral about their own personal finances, they are pessimistic about the economy as a whole, giving it a net negative favorability rating in which just 15 percent have a positive view of the economy.
- Progressives least want Mitt Romney to face President Obama in the 2012 election and by a wide margin believe that he will be the nominated candidate of the GOP.
- While Netroots Nation is most focused on the presidential race (with half of respondents naming it their top priority), near 30 percent said their top priority for 2012 is for the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Labor unions, and commentator Rachel Maddow are held in very high regard by this audience, while the Democratic Party and Democrats in Congress are given near neutral ratings.
These results are based on a straw poll of 519 conference attendees of the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, MN. The poll was conducted via SMS (text messaging), iPads onsite, and an online platform.
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