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It’s Good to Finish the Article April 18, 2010

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Uncategorized.
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A new NYT/CBS poll of the Tea Party movement is getting this phrase printed in a lot of places:

In the results of the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, they are better educated and wealthier than the general public.

This sentence has caused a lot of people to leap to the defense of the Tea Party activists since the defenders know that this is not how “liberals” and “the mainstream media” have described them. Their defenders also really try to portray them as non-ideologues who are not dominated by one political party. But…it’s always good to dig and see what the basic article isn’t telling you about a poll. So here is a link to the actual poll results. Over and over again the answers from the Tea Party respondents are far more conservative and Republican than the general public. They overwhelmingly have positive opinions of Glen Beck, Sarah Palin and other people from the right. 75% of them think that President Obama doesn’t share the values that most Americans live by.  This compares to 37% of the general public. Does any of this sound like the typical Americans that some are portraying the Tea Party as? I certainly don’t think so.

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