From the PR Frying Pan Into the Fire: Limbaugh's Problems Continue to Mount — Not Only are Advertisers Abandoning His Radio Show, Now a New Bloomberg Poll Shows That a Majority of Americans Think He Should Be Fired

Rush Limbaugh has taken some harsh shots at many, including just about every left-leaning politician on the planet, but his insulting comments directed toward a Georgetown Law School student seem to keep resonating with companies as sponsors and advertisers of his conservative radio show continue to jump ship. But now, the American public is chiming in on the Rush lynching. A new Bloomberg Poll, released this week, shows that a majority of Americans — 53 percent — say Limbaugh should be fired for calling the student a "slut," according to a wide-ranging new survey on contraception. Furthermore, the Rush-bashing seems to be crossing party lines as almost a third of Republicans polled — 30 percent — agree with the notion that Limbaugh should be canned for his remarks, the Bloomberg poll showed. Men are split over whether Limbaugh should be axed — 49 percent say yes, while 47 percent disagree. Fifty-six percent of women support firing him, compared with 39 percent who do not. While the opinions on Limbaugh proved to be eye opening, the survey sought opinions on the suddenly hot-button topic of birth control. More than three-quarters of Americans believe that the issue of birth control shouldn’t even be a topic of debate right now. Indeed, 77 percent said that the national political debate shouldn’t involve contraception, while 20 percent said it should, Politico reports.

Americans also view the controversy over the Obama administration’s rule that employers must provide birth control coverage in employee health care plans as an issue of women’s health rather than religious freedom. In fact, 62 percent of respondents said that the issue is one of women’s health access rather than religious freedom, the opposite of what Republican presidential candidates have argued, Politico reports.

Despite the furor of the past weeks over female birth control, it appears as though Republicans may have narrowed the gap with Democrats among women, according to Bloomberg. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in delegates for the Republican presidential primary, received 45 percent support from women, compared with 49 percent for President Obama. The poll also shows Obama leading Rick Santorum among women by 9 percentage points, 51 percent to 42 percent, reports Politico writer Tim Mak.

The Bloomberg national poll involved a sample of 1,002 respondents and was conducted March 8-11. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

PR Biz Update PR Agency News PR People Marketing Trends
Asian Americans influence, Betty Lo, cultural influence, cultural nuances, diverse ethnicities, economic influence, growth strategies, IW Group, Marketing, Marketing strategy, multicultural community, Nielsen report, Nita Song, Pr, Public relations
Understanding Market Segments: Asian Americans Flex Consumer Influence Across Regions, Nielsen Study Finds

Asian Americans’ impact and influence are shifting and growing, according to...

Angus Reid Forum, Centennial College, CivicAction, health and wellness, Marketing, Millennial stress, millennial workforce, Pr, Public relations, student initiative, Up All Night, Workplace Champions Council, workplace mental health
Employers, Wake Up: Millennials Are Stressed and It's Keeping Them Up All Night, New Academic Study Reveals

Millennials who are currently entering or adjusting to the workforce are...

A.T. Kearney, apparel brands, apparel retailers, consumer connection, cross-generational marketing, Hana Ben-Shabat, Helen Rhim, innovative retail strategies, Marketing, Marshal Cohen, Millennials targeting, Pr, Public relations, purchasing power, The NPD Group
Beyond Millennials: Study Points Retail PR Toward New Ways to Connect with Different Customer Segments

Retailers and Apparel Brands Should Target Customers on Multiple Dimensions With...

Thought Leaders On Deadline
Jo Trizila (1)
Not the Vacation I Planned: Tragedy Transitions Vacationing PR Pro Into Media Relations Juggernaut

By Jo Trizila, President and CEO, TrizCom PR and Pitch PR...

B2B communications, content creation, content curation, Content marketing, content marketing effectiveness, content message, content repurposing, global content, IBA International, Marketing, Pr, Public relations, Simon Woolley
Content Across Continents: Maximizing the Reach of Your B2B Communications

By Simon Woolley, Engagement Specialist, IBA International Here’s the content conundrum...

Dmitry Dragilev, effective pitching, getting press, JustReachOut, Marketing, Media Relations, pitching insights, pitching journalists, Pr, PR team, PR tips for startups, Public relations, startup PR
PR Tips for Startups: 7-Step Proven System to Get Press

By Dmitry Dragilev, Founder, JustReachOut Having worked in the PR industry...