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The Gallup findings say that tea-party members are more like the rest of the country than one might expect. Of the 28 percent of U.S. adults who call themselves supporters of the tea-party movement, the survey surmised that they skew right politically, but demographically and ideologically they are generally representative of the mainstream public.
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Their responses are like the general publicâ€™s in many ways. Most describe the amount they paid in taxes this year as â€śfair.â€ť Most send their children to public schools. A plurality do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, and, despite their push for smaller government, they think that Social Security and Medicare are worth the cost to taxpayers. They actually are just as likely as Americans as a whole to have returned their census forms, though some conservative leaders have urged a boycott.
Tea Party supportersâ€™ fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.
The overwhelming majority of supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the values most Americans live by and that he does not understand the problems of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites â€” compared with 11 percent of the general public.
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Is the tea-party a southern based movement? No not really. 31% of those polled who support the tea-party movement come from the south. That compares to 29% in the mid-west, 28% in the west and 13% in the northeast. Aside from the NE, thatâ€™s a very even spread.
Is the tea-party a predominantly white movement? Well yes, but not really any more so than the American electorate generally. 80% of those supportive are white compared to the 74% who voted at the last election who are white, a fairly even match to the American electorate. Itâ€™s true that only 2% of African-Americans support the tea-party movement, much less than their general representation amongst the population, but 10% of tea-party support comes from hispanics compared to 11% of the electorate.
Is tea-party support gained mainly from the elderly? No. And thatâ€™s quite emphatic. By far the largest group represented are 30-49 year olds at 40% whilst 18-29 year olds constitute 20% of tea-party support. In fact 18-29 year olds are over-represented in the tea-party movement, they only make up 18% of the electorate.
18-29 years old 20%
30-49 years old 40%
50-64 years old 29%
65 and older 12%
Itâ€™s time for the left to put aside their smears about the tea-partiers. Whatâ€™s that quote they like to use of Daniel Patrick Moynihan?
You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts.
Unfortunately for the left, the facts as represented by this poll donâ€™t tally with the liberal spin. The tea-partiers represent a normal cross-section of society except in two areas. They under-represent blacks (hardly surprising given the level of support amongst blacks for Obama) and they under represent urban communities being a movement of the suburbs and rural America.
At the registration and welcoming address on Thursday night, it was hard to ignore the one-sided demographic of the attendees. There's virtually no one under the age of 45 and almost no African-American or minority group represented. This is very much a white, middle-aged gathering. And there's a lot of anger in the room too.
The links, Bob, seem to support the demigraphics of the Tea Party as being that of the country in general, all except for Aljazeera, who loves to transmit audio tapes of Bin Laden to his supporters. So you want to go with them, and ignore the American news agencies? Well, you DID have a grandfather named Al....guess that counts for something.