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About the Tea Party Movement: who they are and what they believe

19 April 2010

From a CBS News – New York Times poll conducted April 5 – 10, 2010.  Pay attention!  This is the first mass movement in America since the early 1970’s.  At the end are links to other articles and posts about the Tea Party movement.

Excerpts from the poll

The good questions (and amazing answers) are below the fold.

#89 — What do you think should be the MAIN goal of the Tea Party movement?

  • Reduce role of federal gov’t:..45%
  • Creating jobs:……………………09%
  • Electing own candidates:……07%
  • Cutting budget:…………………06%
  • Lowering taxes:………………..06%

#80 — Regardless of your overall opinion, do you think the views of the people involved in the Tea Party movement generally reflect the views of most Americans?

  • Tea Party Supporters:…84% Yes,  08% No
  • All respondents:………..25% Yes,  36% No

#3 — Regardless of your overall opinion of him, what do you like LEAST about Barack Obama?  The top answers for all respondents, tea party supporters:

  • Don’t like him:     10%, 19%
  • Health care:         10%, 10%
  • Dishonest/Liar:  04%, 09%

#25 — What are you most angry about?  (answers of  Tea party supporters who say they are angry with Washington)

  • Health care reform:……………16%
  • Not representing the people:.14%
  • Government spending:……….11%
  • Unemployment/economy:…08%
  • Size of government:…………..06%
  • Congress:………………………..06%
  • Barack Obama:…………………06%
  • Budget deficit:………………….05%
  • Partisan politics:………………05%

#48 — Do you think of Barack Obama as more of a liberal, a moderate, or a conservative?

                                                                                       % Total       %  Tea Party Supporters

#49 — Do you think Barack Obama’s policies are moving the country more toward socialism?

                                                                                        %  Total        % Tea Party Supporters

#73 — When someone says the country is moving toward socialism, what does that mean to you?

#50 — According to the Constitution, American Presidents must be “natural born citizens.” Some people say Barack Obama was NOT born in the United States, but was born in another country. Do YOU think Barack Obama was born in the United States?

Recent articles about the Tea Party Movement

See the March 8 post for links to older articles.

The conspiracy theory that acts as mainspring for many TP activists

For more information on the FM website

Reference pages about other topics appear on the right side menu bar, including About the FM website page.   Such as…

Posts on the FM website about the Tea Party Movement:

  1. Are the new “tea party” protests a grass roots rebellion or agitprop?, 1 March 2009
  2. Our ruling elites scamper and play while our world burns, 11 March 2009
  3. The weak link in America’s political regime, 16 September 2009
  4. More examples of Americans waking up – should we rejoice?, 10 October 2009
  5. Correction to my previous posts – not all citizen activism is good…, 16 October 2009
  6. Does the Tea Party movement remind you of the movie “Meet John Doe”?, 27 January 2010
  7. Listen to the crowds cheering Sarah Palin, hear the hammerblows of another nail in the Constitution’s coffin, 8 February 2010
  8. The Tea Party movement develops a platform. It’s the Underpants Gnomes Business Plan!, 8 March 2010

Afterword 

  • For more about this website, see the About the FM website page.
  • Send emails to fabmaximus at hotmail dot com (note the spam-protected spelling).
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