I thought they were just insignificant! In an Op-Ed in the NY Times, two professors found that the “tea party” is more unpopular in America than atheists or Muslims.
But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.
They said that the “tea party” was an afterthought to their survey on how religion divides us “We didn’t go into this study to look at the tea party,” Campbell said in an interview with The Ticket. However they did reach some conclusions based on their findings.
While over the last five years Americans have become slightly more conservative economically, they have swung even further in opposition to mingling religion and politics. It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity.
On everything but the size of government, Tea Party supporters are increasingly out of step with most Americans, even many Republicans. Indeed, at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, today’s Tea Party parallels the anti-Vietnam War movement which rallied behind George S. McGovern in 1972. The McGovernite activists brought energy, but also stridency, to the Democratic Party — repelling moderate voters and damaging the Democratic brand for a generation. By embracing the Tea Party, Republicans risk repeating history.
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as a matter of fact, they’re not just equally unpopular, they’re actually the SAME PEOPLE. there is huge overlap between the membership of the Tea Party and and what used to be known as the Christian Right… they’re just now trying to obscure their cultural and religious fundamentalism since that is out of fashion, and a focus on economics is in fashion.
Rebranding is always a tough thing, isn’t it, Jeffrey?
Well if a liberal newspaper like the times says it i guess its true. But I can tell you what liberals think about the tea party really means little.
Mmmmhmmm. So little, in fact, that you felt the need to come to a liberal blog and comment on the liberal article. Just to let us know how little it means to you, of course. Sarah doth protest too much – I’m sensing a love connection.
“Eeeeeewwwwww. Hmfff.” she says. ^stomp stomp stomp^
I can tell that you flunked out of school, Sarah. Either that, or you are a fan of e. e. cummings.
You moonbats believed Obama when he said he visited all 57 states .
If all you have is insults, perhaps you’d be better off over at badger blogger or some other right-wing cesspool.
By the way, since the Baggers started to hold the debt ceiling hostage about 4 weeks ago, the Dow is down 1,750 points. Nice work hillbillies. I’m sure your corporate benefactors are THRILLED they invested in your dumb a$$es.
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