Poll: Majority believe Limbaugh should be fired for 'slut' remarks

A majority of Americans believe Rush Limbaugh should be fired for making derogatory remarks about a Georgetown University law student, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

In a Bloomberg National Poll of likely voters, 53 percent said conservative radio host Limbaugh should be fired for calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on air earlier this month.

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Forty-two percent said Limbaugh should not be fired, and 5 percent were unsure.

According to Bloomberg, more women than men believe Limbaugh should be fired over the comments: 56 percent compared to 49.

However, 77 percent of those surveyed believed birth control should not be part of the national political debate at all. Contraception was an issue in the most recent national GOP debate, and Republicans and Democrats have fought to define their differences over a new White House insurance mandate. Republicans have painted the administration ruling on contraception as a "war on religion," while Democrats depict GOP criticism as a "war on women."

According to the Bloomberg poll, 62 percent of respondents understand the issue as "a matter of a woman's health and access to birth control," compared to 33 percent who see it as "a matter of religious liberty," suggesting Democrats are winning the battle on messaging. 

The controversial new healthcare mandate requires employers to provide contraception to employees in their insurance plans without a co-pay or deductible. Fluke testified for Democrats on the need for such access, for which Limbaugh criticized her on his popular radio show, arguing that she wanted to be “paid to have sex.”

He later apologized for going too far in his remarks, but Democrats have sought to characterize Limbaugh as a mouthpiece for Republicans and used his remarks to condemn criticism of the rule.