Tea Party continues to dominate polls: Independents say Tea Party closer to their views than Obama 50/38…
Update: Ed has a post up at HA..
On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own.
Not surprisingly, Republicans overwhelmingly feel closer to the Tea Party and most Democrats say that their views are more like Obama’s. Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 50% say they’re closer to the Tea Party while 38% side with the President.
Also as we have been saying like, forEVAH! DEMOCRATS are part of the Tea Party! I think the CNN numbers are waaay too low, I met LOTS of Dems at the Tea Party!
…Ann Ducket attended the Tea Party rally in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Wednesday. A lawyer and lifelong Democrat, Ducket made her political leanings clear: She said she was a campus community organizer for Democratic Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign, voted for Jimmy Carter and Al Gore, and previously ran for elective office in Colorado as a Democrat.
“I was a card-carrying member of the ACLU, and I probably did inhale in college,” Ducket said. Ducket, who is now an independent and did not vote for Obama, said the president has “carried things to an extreme.”
“I think we’ve gone too far on the side of government doing too much,” Ducket said. “The Democratic Party is wanting to take care of everyone, instead of helping everybody stand on their own two feet.”
Roxanne Lewis expressed a similar point of view. A small business owner in Grand Junction, Lewis described herself as a lifelong Democrat and called the president a “phenomenal speaker.” She voted for him because she “believed in what he was saying: change.”
But, Lewis added, “I should’ve listened a lot closer when he talked about ‘spreading the wealth.’…
Andrew Malcolm in the LAT has a breakdown of the % of Dems like me and Indies in the Tea Party (Malcolm interviewed me by email when I was a Hillary supporter who did not support O, but I never saw an even handed discussion of this until now when it is mainstream, sure everyone wants to hug a tea party patriot now, lol)
…Now, comes a pair of polls, including Gallup, that paint a revealing detailed portrait of Tea Party supporters in most ways as pretty average Americans. A Sunday poll — actually three national phone surveys of 1,000 registered voters — found that 17% of all polled, or more than 500, called themselves “part of the Tea Party movement.”
“It’s a good sample size,” David Winston, polling director of the Winston Group that did the poll for an education advocacy group, told the Ballot Box blog of The Hill newspaper.
The Tea Party adherents broke down 28% independent, 17% Democrat and only 57% Republican. Not coincidentally, this bipartisan breakdown has been the way that Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has often described movement members as “commonsense Americans” worried and….
A new Gallup Poll out this morning of 1,033 finds nothing fringe about self-proclaimed Tea Party adherents; they are slightly more likely to be employed, male and definitely more conservative. But otherwise Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes, “their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.”
While economic issues like stubbornly high unemployment rates and declining home values cause widespread worries, Winston found top issues among the self-identified Tea Party followers are jobs/the economy and the exploding federal deficit. A whopping 95% told pollsters that Washington “Democrats are taxing, spending and borrowing too much.”
Fully 87% told Gallup they oppose Obama’s healthcare legislation.
The Winston poll says 80% of total Tea Party supporters dislike Obama’s job performance, a higher negative rate even than the 77% of Republicans who disapprove of the ex-state senator’s White House work….