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Majority of Likely Voters Agree 'Socialist' Accurately Describes Obama

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President Obama pauses during a statement on the Gulf oil spill, and the first quarter GDP numbers, Friday, April 30, 2010, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP)

A majority of likely voters think "socialist" is a fair description for President Obama, according to a new poll that looks at how well Obama's critics have been able to tag him with that buzzword and its often negative connotations.

The poll by Democracy Corps, the firm of James Carville and Stan Greenberg, estimates that 55 percent of likely voters believe "socialist" is a somewhat accurate description of Obama. Poll respondents were asked about a list of words and how well they related to Obama.

When asked about "a socialist," 33 percent of likely voters said it described Obama "very well," 22 percent said "well," 15 percent said "not too well," and 25 percent said "not well at all."

A majority of likely voters, 56 percent, also found that Obama is too liberal – 35 percent saying it describes him as "very well," 21 percent saying "well," another 21 percent saying "not too well" and 17 percent saying "not well at all.