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US: Tea Party Movement (USAToday/Gallup 3/26-28)

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USA Today / Gallup
3/26-28/10 1,033 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(Gallup release)

National

Favorable / Unfavorable
Tea Party movement: 37 / 40

Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, an opponent of the Tea Party movement, or neither?
28% Supporter, 26% Opponent, 38% Neither

Gallup:

Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That's the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.

Tea Party supporters are decidedly Republican and conservative in their leanings. Also, compared with average Americans, supporters are slightly more likely to be male and less likely to be lower-income.

In several other respects, however -- their age, educational background, employment status, and race -- Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.

 

Comments
JMSTiger:

A 37%/40% split is not too bad at all for the Tea Party considering how they get raked over the coals by the Democratic Party and the mainstream media on a daily basis.

I have never understood the hysterics on the left about the Tea Party people. They are almost exclusively concerned with the size of government, taxes and the deficit and National Debt. What is so controversial about that? Sure, one could call many of these people hypocrites for not taking to the streets in anger over the massive amount of reckless spending, increases in the size of government and the National Debt under George W. Bush and the Republican Congress of 2001-06, but that doesn't mean that what they care about is somehow extreme.

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Xenobion:

Yeah they're hypocrites and most of the video I've seen of them is them about hanging senators and killing people. The leaders or lack thereof don't reign in this crap and let it run free. I mean the message at first is good. Low taxes, bring down the deficit. But largely the bad gets out and much of mainstream America unfortunately articulates their frustrations with racism and violence. The tea party is an example of a stampede of emotion.

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Farleftandproud:

The poll that tried to imply that Tea partiers have a 30 percent liberal following was so bogus it is insane. I would believe this about as much as I would Dick Cheney beating Obama in a 2012 generic election poll. Obviously they need to do the poll over again and explain to these idiots being polled, what it means to be liberal.

Perhaps it was a poorly conducted poll that got some young Ron Paul supporters into thinking being libertarian is the same as being liberal. In some respects, you can say libertarians are not conservative. They don't want to waste money on wars, allow religion to dictate our laws, legalize pot, but remain conservatives in the sense to their opposition to government intervening with health insurance, welfare, jobs, taxing soda and sugary drinks, and wanting to abolish the IRS.

I think the pollster needs to ask how many people associating with the Tea Party Movement voted for Obama. That would be a much better indicator.

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Xenobion:

Did you know that 40% of Tea Partiers are Independents and Democrats? and by 40% we mean 10% Democrats and 30% Independents but we'll not say that because that's to be expected. This is Fox News reporting...

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