Rasmussen Says 60% of Americans View Al Sharpton Unfavorably

Posted: Apr 05, 2012 11:33 AM

According to a new Rasmussen survey, the Reverend Al Sharpton is not very popular these days.

In fact, just 26% of American Adults share an even somewhat favorable opinion of the Rev. Al Sharpton, with eight percent (8%) who view him Very Favorably. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 60% view the civil rights activist and MSNBC host unfavorably, including 37% with a Very Unfavorable view. Fifteen percent (15%) have no opinion of him. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Sharpton has been [in] the news in recent days with his angry calls for justice in the death of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed by an Hispanic Neighborhood Watch volunteer. Black filmmaker Spike Lee also has joined that protest, even tweeting the address of the man who killed Martin to thousands only to discover it was the wrong address.

As Katie reported last week, perhaps one of the reasons 60 percent of Americans view the good Reverend unfavorably is because he works for MSNBC, a network that intentionally edited the phone call between George Zimmerman and a 911 operator in order to push their own partisan agenda. Or, maybe, they’re appalled by his racist comments over the years and disgusted by the inflammatory nature of his “sermons.” Either way, whatever the case, most Americans have a negative opinion of him.

What’s telling, though, is that Al Sharpton is not merely vilified by conservatives on the Right. In fact, among adults not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic Party, 59 percent view him unfavorably. What a surprise. What’s worse – at least for now – he’s even less popular than Spike Lee and Bill Maher. And that’s quite an accomplishment, I must say.

In any event, I’ll leave you with this: a hilarious video of Al Sharpton babbling incoherently after his teleprompter malfunctions. Enjoy.