Tea Party is Republican Party, New Polling Data Shows
New Poll Conducted by Quinnipiac Univeristy, Conn. Reveals Tea Party to be part of GOP
Although the alleged "patriot" group called by some the Tea Party movement and by others "tea baggers" or "tea bag protesters" (and blamed for much from both sides) has been portrayed as a group of rugged nonpartisan individuals, new polling data suggests this is no new independent political movement, but largely part of the GOP.
Approximately three-quarters of those who identify themselves as members of the tea party national movement are either registered Republicans or lean toward the GOP .
A whopping 77 percent of them voted for John McCain in the November 2008 presidential elections, says the new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, Conn. Says Pete A Brown, who serves as an assistant director of Quinnipiac's Polling institute, they are less educated than average, not swing voters, and interested in politics:
The Tea Party movement is mostly made up of people who consider themselves Republicans," Pete A. Brown, assistant director of the university`s Polling Institute, said in a statement. "They are less educated but more interested in politics than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack and are not in a traditional sense swing voters."
While only 33 percent of voters nation wide have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin, 72 percent of tea party members are impressed by her, setting them outside the norm. Eighty-eight percent of those polled said if their congressional election were held today, they`d vote for the Republican candidate and 88 percent of the tea baggers are White.
When New York Times journalist Frank Rich called the group on its vitriolic antics, the GOP was unable to distance itself due to these numbers.
During a recent tea party-led protest on Capitol Hill, African-American congressmen were called the n-word and one, Emanuel Cleaver II of Kansas City, Mo., was spat on by a protester. This fulfilled both the prophesies of Frank Rich and 1930s philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset , who prophesied about the dangers of an uneducated mass.
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele and other GOPers frowned on, but did not label as racist and homophobic (which indeed they were) these actions of the misinformed or malicious. Dale Robertson, a founder in the movement ( of teaparty.org) told the Washington Post there was no racism within the Tea Party.
Tea Party Anger "Cuts both ways":
Tea Party anger cuts both ways
Populist revolts like this attack both parties, and so may cause as much damage to Republicans as to Democrats. Remember that it was Ross Perot who elected Clinton and Teddy Roosevelt who sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House.
Some warn that the Tea Party movement will aid the Democrats as it sinks its own GOP ship.
The economic outrage of the Ross Perot populist movement has the "unintended consequence" of electing Bill Clinton in '92. D
ifferentiating between third-party and independent movements, there is nevertheless at their core the
their rage is against mainstream policies.
Perot's candidacy had its flames fanned due to increasing deficits and debts. The 2010 insurgency is populist and Republican. How fringe some of it will become , there is no telling.