New study that will make Teaparty members even angrier then they are now

FIVE YEARS AGO, IN 2006, DAVID E. CAMPBELL AND ROBERT D. PUTNAM INTERVIEWED 3,000 AMERICANS and re-interviewed many of the same people again this summer. Their findings indicate what most of us already knew: that Teapartyers were far-right, social conservative Republicans (and still are). Or, as Jon Stewart said: “They’re just moral majorities in a tri-cornered hat.”

[W]e can look at what people told us, long before there was a Tea Party, to predict who would become a Tea Party supporter five years later…

Our analysis casts doubt on the Tea Party’s “origin story.” Early on, Tea Partiers were often described as nonpartisan political neophytes. Actually, the Tea Party’s supporters today were highly partisan Republicans long before the Tea Party was born, and were more likely than others to have contacted government officials. In fact, past Republican affiliation is the single strongest predictor of Tea Party support today.

What’s more, contrary to some accounts, the Tea Party is not a creature of the Great Recession. Many Americans have suffered in the last four years, but they are no more likely than anyone else to support the Tea Party. And while the public image of the Tea Party focuses on a desire to shrink government, concern over big government is hardly the only or even the most important predictor of Tea Party support among voters.

As so many have been arguing for the past 3 years, priority #1 is not small government with these people! So what do (rank and file) Tea Partiers have in common (from 2006 through today):

  • They’re white and
  • have a low regard for immigrants and blacks (*ahem* racist?!)
  • are disproportionately social conservatives
  • have a desire to see religion play a prominent role in politics
  • seek deeply religious elected officials
  • approve of religious leaders engaging in politics
  • want religion brought into political debates

Absolutely no surprise. They’re the same weird, eccentric group of religious RWNJs with a brand new Koch-funded name: Tea Party Patriots. What rubbish. They have always wanted a form of government for the USA that’s a straight-up Christian Theocracy, and nothing has changed.

Sometimes it seems that teahadists needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was not one of the founding fathers. And, newsflash! Their idea of Christianity is so far removed from mainstream belief that it borders on freakish: Jesus as a gun-toting, white-power, women-belong-in-the-kitchen, immigrant-hating, ‘get your own wine and fish’ conservative Deity, who gladly puts the world on hold to personally speak with politicians like GWB, Perry, Bachmann and Palin.

But here’s what’s funny — people have already figured out the teaparty:

Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.

 [...] 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.

Read the rest….

With the growing disapproval of the teaparty in general, it’s nice to know that most of us ARE actually using the brains God gave us.


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42 thoughts on “New study that will make Teaparty members even angrier then they are now

  1. Republicans who were ashamed of being associated with Bush, were angry and wanted a new partner for their narrow, aging, out of fashion, religion based politics. The Tea Party seemed like the new next hope for an updated national identity and they took a leap.
    Well, the thrill is gone. The old dissatisfaction has returned and the core of the GOP is right back where they started, ashamed of who they’ve been hanging with and looking for an identity makeover they can go out in public with.

      • Weak. You and your “kind” love to judge everyone else, label them, claim to support “coexistence” yet you are the most intolerant of anyone or anything (except those just like yourself). Time for you crybaby liberal hippie wannabes to get jobs and realize what fact and fiction means. Cant walk around saying things like “do no harm” And then attack your fellow Americans. Can’t say “coexist” when you don’t believe TeaParty people have no place in the world. Tolerance means – tolerating what you don’t understand. Yeah it sounds all warm and fuzzy but you people are nothing but self-absorbed war mongers. Blacks and illegals are committing more crimes, killing more people, stealing more, selling more drugs and frankly, people are tired of it!! If you don’t want people calling you a thug, stop being a thug. It’s really that simple. Time to clean up our own neighborhoods.

    • Absolutely correct. Immediately after Obama won, you couldn’t find a Republican anywhere. They suddenly all became “Libertarians”, then Tea Partiers, and now that it’s cool to be a Republican again and jump on the “Bash Obama” train, they’re as plentiful as lice.

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  3. Title should read, “…angrier than they are…” Between that obvious typo and a fundamental lack of understanding of proper capitalization, it makes it hard to take any of this seriously. Even if I wanted to cite this article to my crazy fundie relatives, I’d be embarrassed to do so.

    • So you’re all bent out of shape because the title isn’t written the way you think it should be and not because of what the article says. Seems legit.

  4. Jeez, this article is as vicious and as biased as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    • The article is about a study. Just because you don’t like the results of the study doesn’t make the article biased. Even if it did, the results of the study still stand.

      Honestly, some people.

  5. How is this crap any different than when Fox and Bill O’Reilly said all liberals were terrorists or hate America. Debate facts, guys, and don’t stoop to their level.

    • This is based on an actual study, one that began before the Tea Party existed. That makes if completely different than the trash that comes from Fox. Actual research > hate speach.

      Also, you give me a total concern troll vibe. Just saying.

    • Aren’t you the dude from a few comments up preaching about tolerance? You expose yourself as an ignorant racist bigot when you speak. Are you the author of the article your name links to?

      If so, its nice of you to come out as a total racist.

  6. Hey cool I love trending conservative scams. I just posted the video of John Stewart asking why the main stream media and the FOX media completely overlook Ron Paul (I am not a big fan by the way). My tea bagger friends began screeching I hate everything and they “thought” liberals were supposed to be nice, further, That I had a hollow head… on and on. As usual when I responded with facts they got even more “enraged” at me ridiculing their thoughtful, loving, kind stances on Obama, health care and the war(s)..

    Wow reading these responses from these “hurt” tea partiersI see the same terminologies.. I don’t watch FOX. This seems new improved right wing response to all of their horrific statements and ruinous doings in congress and states… They are flopping… Tea Baggers are now poor, sad, put upon, love childs under attack by vicious “liberals” Check Godblat (above) and the super flop from Heater (above)..and I quote…” Jeez, this article is as vicious and as biased as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.” Please, let’s all group hug the now docile tea baggers ..

  7. I can assure you, I am no lover of the Kochtopus, but guilt by association is a logical fallacy. I’ve known from the “beginning” that the Tea Parties were mostly socio-cons and paleo-cons. However, the Koch brothers support other organizations not associated with the Tea Parties, like the ballet, and the PBS program ‘Nova’. They also support libertarian organizations such as the Reason Foundation, the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Contrary to mainstream media belief, there is a distinct difference between libertarians and Tea Party “patriots”.

    I really don’t like having to defend the Koch brothers, but simply associating a particular group with them does not prove or disprove anything. You have committed the logical fallacy of “Guilt by Association”. Association fallacies are a special case of red herring, and can be based on an appeal to emotion. This entire post is a blatant and shameless appeal to emotion and a Straw Man.

    “With the growing disapproval of the teaparty in general, it’s nice to know that most of us ARE actually using the brains God gave us.”

    Unfortunately, some of you are not using your ability to form cogent, logical arguments.

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  9. You really needed a study to know these people are racists? Just go to a rally and look for a black person. Simple.

  10. These comments sure are enlightening, watching the racists come out.

    “…you people are nothing but self-absorbed war mongers. Blacks and illegals are committing more crimes, killing more people, stealing more, selling more drugs and frankly, people are tired of it!!”

    Riiight. Liberals are war-mongers. Maybe that’s why all the Republicans called anti-war liberals “traitors” back in the Bush days. And let me clue you in to something:

    Nobody commits more crimes, steals more and sells more drugs than all the white people in the U.S. government, backed up by all the tea party/republicans. Many, many more people are killed in the multiple war fronts we have going than die in our inner cities and nobody steals more than Wall street, big banks and all the military-industrial no-bid contractors sucking up all our tax money. And as for drugs, well, if what Big Pharma pushes isn’t enough for you, just google the story about plane they found that was owned by the CIA, and all the tons of cocaine on it, bound for America.

  11. I didn’t see any study in the link you provided to their supposed “findings.” All I saw was an op-ed piece that didn’t source anything. Get some integrity.

    • Google them. Just because you don’t like the study doesn’t mean they don’t have integrity. In fact, it makes me question whether you have integrity.

      If the study is true and links are provided, will you come back and admit you were wrong and the author did indeed have integrity? If not, then you are a hypocrite.

      Lets see you show some integrity. Come back whenever you like. If you are afraid of the truth that ought to be a sign, right?

  12. See what happens when you attempt to be factual. Idiots do NOT want facts.

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  21. I agree that these people are a type of cultist, but it goes much farther than that. Never have I seen government legislators so intent on destroying this country. America’s military might is unrivaled. So, to incapacitate the country, the enemy must attack like a virus… from within. It will be discovered that the tea-party, along with the Koch brothers, and the heads of CCA (private prison corporations), Exxon mobile oil company, Mega Health insurance companies, and ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) are a part of a faction of some sleeper cell entity.

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