Tea Party backers older, whiter, wealthier, more conservative and more pessimistic than Americans generally


I think it’s important to note that most of the Tea Party supporters in THIS POLL have not actually participated in rallies or contributed money to the cause.

In other words, the demographics of the folks you see in news coverage of the rallies aren’t necessarily the same as those who are merely sympathetic with the Tea Party movement.

An excerpt:

Tea Party supporters’ fierce animosity toward Washington, and the president in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration are disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle class or the rich.

The overwhelming majority of supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the values most Americans live by and that he does not understand the problems of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general public.

They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of the problems facing black people.

UPDATE: Wonkette points to one ESPECIALLY INTERESTING PASSAGE from the CBS News report on this poll:

[W]hile some say the Tea Party stands for ‘Taxed Enough Already,’ most Tea Party supporters — 52 percent — say their taxes are fair, the poll shows. Just under one in five Americans say they support the Tea Party movement.

However, those most active in the Tea Party are less satisfied with the amount of income taxes they will pay. Fifty-five percent of Tea Party activists — those who have attended a rally or donated money — (about 4 percent of Americans overall) say their income taxes are unfair.

Americans overall are more likely than Tea Partiers to describe the income taxes they’ll pay this year as fair — 62 percent do, according to the poll, conducted April 5-12.

Majorities across all income levels say their income taxes are fair, as do most Republicans and Democrats.



  1. traveler

    Quite frankly, my wife and I are tired of paying taxes to keep the entitlements flowing to the able bodied. We do well, but we’ve worked our butts off for over 30 years to get to our station in life. We ask for no direct assistance from the government, and never have. We do benefit from general government programs, as does everyone who uses roads and other infrastructure. We have no problem with helping the truly needy, those who are handicapped, those who have served our nation. We do not listen to Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh. We make our own decisions. We help in our community, have been involved with schools, and I am an elected official. The Federal and State governments must realize they can not continue to be everybodies keeper.

  2. “In the case of Tea Partiers, we’re talking about a reasonably large group of people who seem to revel in their own ignorance,
    (but nevertheless seek an active role in the process)”

    Except they are MORE educated than non-tea partiers.

    But really, Pat, Peanut and all the other liberals should keep it up. If it is a movement fueled by rage, the attitude you exhibit is like gasoline on the fire.

    It’s also interesting that the entirely non-biased author of the opinion piece that Peanut posts uses one confused 62 year old who feels that she wants to collect the Social Security benefits that she has been promised to discredit an entire movement as nonsense.

    4% of the population is somewhere around 12 million people. Those are just the people who have attended a rally or donated money. I would be interested to see how many of those who have attended a rally have ever attended a rally prior to 2009.

  3. Mr. Silverback

    Hmmmm….Pat left out the better educated part, after calling us knuckledraggers and other epithets for weeks.

    Pat, if you had footage of some Tea Partier referring to, oh, say a group of Black avtivists as “a bunch of knuckledraggers” and specifically leaving out of his discussion the fact that the group had a higher education level than the general population, what would you call that guy? Here’s a hint: The word has five letters and begins with a “B.”

  4. 59,934,786 million people voted for John McCain and “GASP” Sarah Palin. Independent voters who thought they were voting for hope and change (and maybe a job) are starting to wonder what they have done to our country and their children’s future.

    Those independents are the voters that always matter Peanut and they are paying attention to the tea party movement. They are also paying attention to how the libs are scared silly by it and doing whatever they can to trash it.

    Keep it up, the independents are watching.

  5. Mr. Silverback


    When we win they will just say the same things they always say, that it was a tantrum driven by misinformation. It never enters the mind of a liberal that someone could possibly reject their policies for any reason but stupidity or hatred.

    Remember in 2004 when they tried to say Kerry lost because of knuckledragging hillibillies coming to the polls to vote on gay marriage referenda? They never bothered to explain why two of the states that voted down gay marriage were states Kerry won by large margins.

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