Special Report on the Tea Party Movement

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Overview

The ‘Tea Party’ is very real and will have a big impact on this year’s election and beyond – but it is important to correctly characterize this movement. The Tea Party is a grass-roots, intensely ideological, conservative Republican movement, fired up by Fox News and Glenn Beck. It is not remotely an independent or populist revolt against the elites or a working class revolt rooted in frustration with the recession, Wall Street and government.

Analysis: An Ideological Republican Grass-roots Movement

The ‘Tea Party’ is very real and will have a big impact on this year’s election and beyond — but it is important to correctly characterize this movement. The Tea Party is a grassroots, intensely ideological, conservative Republican movement, fired up by Fox News and Glenn Beck. It is not remotely an independent or populist revolt against the elites or a working class revolt rooted in frustration with the recession, Wall Street and government.

While many of the Tea Party supporters are also frustrated with the Republican Party of TARP bailouts, that does not alter the character of the movement:

86 percent of Tea Party supporters and activists identify with or lean to the Republican Party.

79 percent identify as conservatives.
They are among the most pro–big business segments of the electorate: 54 percent rate it warmly and 20 percent coolly.

The Tea Party movement is not particularly blue collar. Tea Party supporters are slightly less likely to be college–graduates than the likely electorate (41 percent, versus 45 percent), and the activists more so (48 percent). And 85 percent of the supporters are white.

Only 5 percent report having voted for Obama in 2008….

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