I just saw, at the USA Today website, a poll showing that Rush Limbaugh was the most influential conservative voice in the nation. The numbers provided for different individuals were:
Glenn Beck 11%
VP Cheney 10%
Sarah Palin 10%
I hardly ever comment upon polls, but I assume that this one will become splashed all over tv and newspapers in the next week, so I thought I’d give my 2 cents worth. When you ask a question, like’who is the most influential conservative in the US?’ it is important to decide on a population that is worth sampling first. Well, why would they ask everyone this question? For people who are self-classified as moderate or liberal, or more importantly, those who pay no attention to politics, who cares who they believe is an influential conservative? So the correct way to do it, it seems, is to ask people their ideology first, then ask the key question. Now Rush may still end up being the most important still, but I doubt that the margin would be nearly so wide.