July 7, 2010 Leave a comment
In a finding that will only come as a surprise to political pundits, the Post reports a poll that shows that the Tea Party is basically conservative Republicans. Shocking. The media loves to play it otherwise, but the data tell a different story:
The scads of media coverage about the burgeoning “tea party” effort has focused heavily on the idea that those who identify themselves as part of the movement are political free agents — dismissive of both parties and Washington in general.
New data out of Gallup suggests that premise isn’t right, as nearly seven in 10 tea party supporters describe themselves as “conservative Republicans.”
All told, nearly 80 percent of tea party supporters describe themselves as Republicans, while 15 percent say they are Democrats and just six percent are, in their own minds, “pure independents.”
Gallup director Frank Newport sums it up quite well:
“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,”