Californians do not identify with Tea Party, state poll shows
SignOnSanDiego"They’re people who are interested in politics but not part of the political establishment,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of American politics at Claremont McKenna College. “I suspect they bear more than a passing resemblance to the Perot activists of the early ’90s.”
A new Field Poll has shown that although they are aware of the Tea Party movement sweeping the nation, the majority of California voters do not identify themselves nor their interests with it.
The survey showed 61 percent of California registered voters have heard of the Tea Party movement. Of these, only 12 percent say they have a lot of identification with the movement, and 16 percent say they have some identification with it. This was a nonpartisan survey and was conducted state wide.
Also found was a correlation between those who were ideological and partisan in terms of government intrusion and healthcare reform: Although the Tea Party movement is not formally Republican, it was more likely to attract people who held republican or conservative views.
“It’s a very identifiable population,” said Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo. “It’s very prominent in certain subgroups of the population and totally absent in others. It’s largely conservatives andRepublicans that identify with the Tea Party movement.”
For example, more than half of the Republicans, 56 percent, say they identify strongly or somewhat with the Tea Party movement, compared with 11 percent of the Democrats.
Likewise, 64 percent of voters who consider themselves “strongly conservative” sympathize with the Tea Party movement strongly or somewhat. Only 10 percent of voters who regard themselves as “strongly liberal” do.
Although the movement is conservative in nature, activists are not necessarily partisan Republicans.