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.
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.