Sunday, July 4, 2010

Gallup: Tea Partiers Are Rebranded Conservative Republicans

The Tea Party movement is commonly depicted as a new political force dissenting from both the Democratic and Republican parties. Other than the tri-cornered hats, teabags and provocative signs, is this true? According to a recent Gallup poll, the Tea Party movement is just a rebranding of conservative Republicanism. From the Gallup study, "Tea Party Supporters Overlap Republican Base":

There is significant overlap between Americans who identify as supporters of the Tea Party movement and those who identify as conservative Republicans. Their similar ideological makeup and views suggest that the Tea Party movement is more a rebranding of core Republicanism than a new or distinct entity on the American political scene.

Gallup concludes by asking whether the movement is the "Same Cup of Tea?":

The Tea Party movement has received considerable news coverage this year, in large part because it appears to represent a new and potentially powerful force on the American political scene. Whether Tea Party supporters are a voting segment that is unique and distinct from the more traditional Republican conservative base, however, appears questionable. There is significant overlap between Tea Party supporters and conservative Republicans, both groups are highly enthusiastic about voting, and both are heavily skewed toward Republican candidates -- although the latter somewhat more so than the former.


Charles said...

Haha... Did they really need a Gallup poll to decide this?

When I saw that Gallup had done this research, I figured that it had been a project coming out of their committee of redundancy committee.

Anyone who doesn't see that the tea party is just republican AstroTurf is blind or watching too much Glenn beck.

This is the republican party's way of temporarily dissociating itself with its normally bigoted and backwards social policies while they promote what they falsely call "free market economics"....

Once they are in power again though, we all know. It will be back on the bigotry trail and back on the path of reduced freedom and increased spending. Just like always.

At least Obama is keeping the war in Afghanistan piping hot for when they return... I guess the left doesn't mind when he does it.

The thing that burns me up the most is when these tea party jerks self-identify as "libertarian".... They are doing a tremendous disservice to true libertarians everywhere.

Oh well. Whatever will be will be for now


Jeff Tone said...

It's one thing to assume that the Tea Party and Republicans are the same; it's another to actually do the polling that proves it, as Gallup has done.

Actually, it is voices on the left that are questioning the war in Afghanistan, such as Bob Herbert:

I am often curious about those who identify as libertarians while opposing abortion, gay marriage and medical marijuana.

Charles said...

Obviously anyone identifying as libertarian while taking a stance against gay rights, abortion and deregulation of drugs is under-informed and in my estimation, an idiot.

And all in all I am still confused by the lack of humility on the part of many staunch Obama supporters in regards to his apparent willingness to continue a policy of blind militarism....

I see it generally as negligence and ignorance in the left... Sure, there are still those out there vehemently opposing the war effort, and good on them, but it seems as though simply having a different face in the white house has pacified a great percentage of these folks which sheds light on their lack of a true and cohesive global social agenda...

Or then again... Maybe it doesn't, and the "new world order" theorists are more correct than anyone would like to believe...