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Tea Party members: A cross section of America

April 5, 2010 – 11:54 | by admin

If you listen to CNN/MSNBC/etc, you would think the people who attend Tea Party protests are a bunch of racist, violent militia members. The MSM is desperately trying to portray them as an “out of touch” fringe element.

Well, the actual truth is quite a bit different. According to this recent poll, Tea Party members are a pretty fair representation of America.

The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.

The group is united around two issues – the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy. That said 61 percent of Tea Party members believe infrastructure spending creates jobs. Moreover, given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.

Gallup conducted another poll that shows similar results.

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.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air points out “The educational background of Tea Party followers almost exactly matches that of the general population.  Among age demos, the differences between the two are no more than two points for any of the four categories used by Gallup.  The same is true of employment profiles, although ironically Tea Party followers tend slightly more to be employed full-time than not.”  He continues on to note that Fox News is gaining viewers, while the left leaning MSNBC & CNN, who have been bashing the Tea party members non-stop, are loosing views at an accelerated rate.  Could this trend have something to do with those left leaning “news” organizations demonizing the people who watch them?

Since  we are looking at polls, let us review the results of this  Rasmussen poll.

On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.
Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President.

That’s right, more people agree with the Tea Party movement than our Dear Leader.  There is literally enough on the liberal media bias on this subject to fill a book. Even given all these facts, I don’t expect MSNBC, CNN, ABC News or CBS News to discontinue their efforts to dehumanize members of the Tea Party movement.  Their goals, and the goals of most of America, just don’t match up anymore.

Update: Compare and contrast: Tea Party protest and leftist protest.  At the Tea Party, you have a peaceful demonstration with a multi-racial crowd calling for a return to the principles of the Founding Fathers.  At the leftist demonstration, you have  racists calling for violence against minorities, people holding up signs supporting murdering communist thugs and 9/11 Troofers. Which one do you thing better represents most Americans?

Update: The left’s astroturf response is pretty quick on this topic. I’ve already gotten two identical comments on this, from the same IP address, with two different identifying email addresses. The comment is what you would expect from the left, completely free of any facts and repeats the left’s hate filled talking points multiple times.  Here is one of the facts the left doesn’t want you to know. The only violence at a tea party was four white democrats, wearing purple SEIU t-shirts, attacked a Tea Party protester, who is Black, and beat him so badly he ended up in the hospital. The “liberal” attackers didn’t miss out on using racial slurs while attacking Mr. Gladney.

I’m not kidding about the leftist astroturfing. I’ve found the identical comment in at least six different blog comment streams.

Update: CNN sends a reporter without a political ax to grind to a Tea Party, and finds that they really are Mainstream Americans and are not violent racists!  Shannon Travis, the CNN reporter in question, does repeats the debunked “n-word” and spitting claims against Tea Party members. Andrew Breitbart has upped the bounty to $100,000 to the United Negro College Fund to anybody who can provide a video proving that Tea Party members used racial slur against democrat Georgia Rep. John Lewis.  Given that videos show his staffers had their cell phones out and were taking videos when he walked through the Tea Party crowd (instead of taking the underground tunnel that members of Congress typically use) they shouldn’t have a problem collecting $100,000 for the United Negro College Fund if there was any truth to their claims.

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