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From: Eco Mann <brothnine-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: MMM. CBS-NY Times poll finds Tea Partiers to be bigots.
Newsgroups: gmane.culture.drugs.cannabis.action
Date: Friday 16th April 2010 01:04:02 UTC (over 6 years ago)
No surprise :)

From the New York Times article (April 14):
"More than half say the policies of the administration favor the poor, and
25 percent think that the administration favors blacks over whites —
compared with 11 percent of the general public. They are more likely than
the general public, and Republicans, to say that too much has been made of
the problems facing black people."

"I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added,
didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think
changed my mind.”


*Follow the racism.*
  *Incarceration Nation: *"On *June 30, 2006,* an estimated *4.8% of black
men were in prison or jail,* compared to *1.9% of Hispanic men* and *0.7%
white men.* More than 11% of black males age 25 to 34 were incarcerated.
Black women were incarcerated in prison or jail at nearly 4 times the rate
of white women and more than twice the rate of Hispanic women." - United
States Bureau of Justice
*Follow the drug war,*

=== New York Times article begins ===


April 14, 2010
Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated By KATE

Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general
public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower
class, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The 18 percent of Americans who identify themselves as Tea Party supporters
tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.

They hold more conservative views on a range of issues than Republicans
generally. They are also more likely to describe themselves as “very
conservative” and President
“very liberal.”

And while most Republicans say they are “dissatisfied” with Washington,
Party supporters are more likely to classify themselves as “angry.”

The Tea Party movement burst onto the scene a year ago in protest of the
economic stimulus
and its supporters have vowed to purge the Republican
officials they consider not sufficiently conservative and to block the
Democratic agenda on the economy, the environment and health care. But the
demographics and attitudes of those in the movement have been known largely
anecdotally. The Times/CBS poll offers a detailed look at the profile and
attitudes of those supporters.

Their responses are like the general public’s in many ways. Most describe
the amount they paid in taxes this year as “fair.” Most send their
to public schools. A plurality do not think Sarah
qualified to be president, and, despite their push for smaller
government, they think that Social
worth the cost to taxpayers. They actually are just as likely as
Americans as a whole to have returned their census forms, though some
conservative leaders have urged a boycott.

Tea Party supporters’ fierce animosity toward Washington, and the
in particular, is rooted in deep pessimism about the direction of the
country and the conviction that the policies of the Obama administration
disproportionately directed at helping the poor rather than the middle
or the rich.

The overwhelming majority of supporters say Mr. Obama does not share the
values most Americans live by and that he does not understand the problems
of people like themselves. More than half say the policies of the
administration favor the poor, and 25 percent think that the administration
favors blacks over whites — compared with 11 percent of the general

They are more likely than the general public, and Republicans, to say that
too much has been made of the problems facing black people.

Asked what they are angry about, Tea Party supporters offered three main
concerns: the recent health care overhaul, government spending and a
that their opinions are not represented in Washington.

“The only way they will stop the spending is to have a revolt on their
hands,” Elwin Thrasher, a 66-year-old semiretired lawyer in Florida, said
an interview after the poll. “I’m sick and tired of them wasting money
doing what our founders never intended to be done with the federal

They are far more pessimistic than Americans in general about the economy.
More than 90 percent of Tea Party supporters think the country is headed in
the wrong direction, compared with about 60 percent of the general public.
About 6 in 10 say “America’s best years are behind us” when it comes
to the
availability of good jobs for American workers.

Nearly 9 in 10 disapprove of the job Mr. Obama is doing over all, and about
the same percentage fault his handling of major issues: health care, the
economy and the federal
Ninety-two percent believe Mr. Obama is moving the country toward
socialism, an opinion shared by more than half of the general public.

“I just feel he’s getting away from what America is,” said Kathy
67, a retired medical transcriber in Jacksonville. “He’s a socialist.
And to
tell you the truth, I think he’s a Muslim and trying to head us in that
direction, I don’t care what he says. He’s been in office over a year
can’t find a church to go to. That doesn’t say much for him.”

The nationwide telephone poll was conducted April 5 through April 12 with
1,580 adults. For the purposes of analysis, Tea Party supporters were
oversampled, for a total of 881, and then weighted to their proper
proportion in the poll. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus three
percentage points for all adults and for Tea Party supporters.

Of the 18 percent of Americans who identified themselves as supporters, 20
percent, or 4 percent of the general public, said they had given money or
attended a Tea Party event, or both. These activists were more likely than
supporters generally to describe themselves as very conservative and had
more negative views about the economy and Mr. Obama. They were more angry
with Washington and intense in their desires for a smaller federal
government and deficit.

Tea Party supporters over all are more likely than the general public to
their personal financial situation is fairly good or very good. But 55
percent are concerned that someone in their household will be out of a job
in the next year. And more than two-thirds say the
been difficult or caused hardship and major life changes. Like most
Americans, they think the most pressing problems facing the country today
are the economy and jobs.

But while most Americans blame the Bush administration or Wall Street for
the current state of the American economy, the greatest number of Tea Party
supporters blame Congress.

They do not want a third party and say they usually or almost always vote
Republican. The percentage holding a favorable opinion of former
President George
W. Bush<http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/george_w_bush/index.html?inline=nyt-per>,
at 57 percent, almost exactly matches the percentage in the general public
that holds an unfavorable view of him.

Dee Close, a 47-year-old homemaker in Memphis, said she was worried about a
“drift” in the country. “Over the last three or four years, I’ve
how immense that drift has been away from what made this country great,”
Close said.

Yet while the Tea Party supporters are more conservative than Republicans
some social issues, they do not want to focus on those issues: about 8 in
say that they are more concerned with economic issues, as is the general

When talking about the Tea Party movement, the largest number of
said that the movement’s goal should be reducing the size of government,
more than cutting the budget deficit or lowering taxes.

And nearly three-quarters of those who favor smaller government said they
would prefer it even if it meant spending on domestic programs would be

But in follow-up interviews, Tea Party supporters said they did not want to
cut Medicare or Social Security — the biggest domestic programs,
instead a focus on “waste.”

Some defended being on Social Security while fighting big government by
saying that since they had paid into the system, they deserved the

Others could not explain the contradiction.

“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin,
“I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I
guess I
want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t
at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed

Marjorie Connelly, Dalia Sussman and Marina Stefan contributed reporting.

====end of article===



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