Emily Swanson | April 19, 2010
Politico / TargetPoint
4/15/10; "457 people at the Washington DC Tax Day Tea Party rally the evening of April 15, 2010 on the Washington Monument grounds," 5% margin of error*
Mode: Self-administered questionnaire "exit poll"
(Politico story, TargetPoint release)
*Note: Margin of error for this survey is for "the value that would be obtained if all the attendees at the event were interviewed using the same procedure"
"Tea party activists are divided roughly into two camps, according to a new POLITICO/TargetPoint poll: one that's libertarian-minded and largely indifferent to hot-button values issues and another that's culturally conservative and equally concerned about social and fiscal issues.
The survey, an exit poll conducted Thursday by Edison Research at the massive Tax Day protest on the National Mall, found that the attendees were largely hostile to President Barack Obama and the national Democratic Party -- three-quarters believe the president "is pursuing a socialist agenda."
Yet they aren't enamored of the Republican Party as an alternative. Overall, three out of four tea party attendees said they were "scared about the direction" of the country and "want to send a message to both political parties.""