That does not bode well in November for either prospective Democratic Party nominee.
Beyond the poll numbers, just look at the election results for the past 40 years to see how liberals have fared: John Kerry, Al Gore, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter, George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey have lost presidential races.
Here are some highlights from the Rasmussen poll:
How likely voters nationwide see the candidates:
Liberal – 54%
Moderate – 28%
Liberal – 52%
Moderate – 31%
Conservative – 41%
Moderate – 41%
Liberal – 44%
Unsure – 25%
As voters get to know Clinton and Obama more, the majority of voters believe both candidates are liberal, the survey found.
From the survey:
Perceptions of Clinton have changed little since the campaign season began. In December, she was viewed as politically liberal by 54% and moderate by 31%.To read more survey results, click here or visit www.rasmussenreports.com/
However, Obama is now seen as more liberal than he was in December. McCain is seen as more conservative.
In December, 47% viewed Obama as politically liberal and 35% said he was a moderate.