Sunday, April 04, 2010

How Many Tea Partiers Voted for Obama?

Probably as many as 30%. The Tea Party movement is made up of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. A growing proportion of Tea Partiers consist of disillusioned Obama supporters who finally started paying attention to what Obama was doing -- not just what he was saying.
A Pew poll in early March found 71 percent of Americans "dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today," while a CNN poll showed that 56 percent of Americans are more than just discontented with Washington. Instead, that majority of respondents agreed that the government is "so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens."

..."The tea party is the middle 50 percent of America that wants good governance and lean more to the right of Barack Obama on economic issues," says Mr. Hecker, the tea party activist. "By calling them bloodthirsty extremists you're kind of alienating a lot of independents that voted for Obama." _CSM

The fringe left now controls the Democratic Party, most of the US media, a large part of US academia and much of the loudest part of US intellectual life. Their natural instinct is to attack Tea Partiers like junkyard dogs. That may backfire.
The Tea Party is a movement defined by its preference for fiscal restraint and low taxes. Presented with two competing proposals to create jobs, over four out of five Tea Party members say tax cuts for small business will create more jobs than increased government spending on infrastructure. When the options were expanded, tax cuts still were chosen as the top job creator, but are closely followed by “expanding development of all energy resources.” Interestingly enough, the next runner up – “cracking down on illegal immigration” – was not more popular among Tea Party members (19 percent) than voters overall (16 percent).

Read more at the Washington Examiner: _Examiner

Of course, once Obama - Pelosi begin focusing on their amnesty reform for illegal immigrants, a lot of Tea Partiers may get up to speed on immigration themselves. There is a difference, of course. A lot of pro-illegal immigration people are attorneys with ties to illegal organisations. The potential for violence during demonstrations against illegal immigration is higher than for anti-Obamacabre demonstrations.

Obama is losing support among the more productive and thoughtful members of society. He retains a firm grip on his large following of corrupt insiders, immature and inexperienced voters, Obama zombies, and the less intelligent members of society.

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