Tea Party People: Who Are We?

Here are some interesting statistics from the Sam Adams Alliance that provide a glimpse into the juggernaut phenomenon known as the Tea Party Movement. Respondents in this survey were asked a variety of questions concerning their participation.  Here is a brief summary:

  • 47% of activists surveyed said that they were uninvolved or rarely involved in politics before their participation in Tea Party groups.

  • 92% of those surveyed stated that the most important issue for them was budget; 85% stated economy; and 80%  said defense.

  • 86% OPPOSE the formation of a Third Party.

  • 90% cited To Stand Up For My Beliefs when characterizing their initial reason for involvement in the Tea Party movement.

  • 62% identified as Republicans, 28% as Independents, 10% as Tea Party.

And what I found significant was that NONE of the respondents in this survey listed Social Issues as an important direction for the movement.

There is a place at this conservative table for lesbians and gays and it’s time we all pulled up a chair and joined the rest of the family.

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6 Responses to Tea Party People: Who Are We?

  1. Kelly Sullivan says:

    Ah, you do have a way with words!! 🙂

    I think I’ll turn your reply into my desktop wallpaper just to cheer me up every time the Dems p*ss me off, which is daily!

    Though I’m not looking forward to winter, I so can not wait for November!!

  2. Kelly Sullivan says:

    What I find most repugnant about the Dems and their disdain for the Tea Party members, is that they call them “Tea Bagger’s”. Now, many people don’t know that that term is a reference to a certain kind of oral sex done to a man. And to hear a member of Congress referring to an American citizen as a “tea bagger” makes me livid.
    I have a few choice slang words I could use to describe most members of Congress, but I prefer to use them in the emails I send to my state’s representatives, rather than through the national and international media. 😉

    • I think every time a political hack or a so-called journalist uses this term, it scores one for our side. Let them rant and rave about racism; let them call us names. It has already begun to backfire. They discredit themselves every time they open their mouths.

      We have had some key victories this year, including turning this healthcare bill into one hell of a long, drawn out battle. It’s a Cadmean victory for the Dems. We’ve only just begun.

  3. Kelly Sullivan says:

    For all the damage that the Dems are doing now, part of me can’t help but think that it’s a good thing. Why? Because Americans are finally waking up to the fact that for decades now we bought everything our politicians have sold us – and it’s nearly cost us our country. The rampant corruption and ineptitude in the White House has united the American people in a way I’ve never seen before.
    The politicians will never be able to nail down the Tea Partiers because in essence, we’re a “guerilla group”; we have no so-called leader or base camp. We’re everywhere and everyone, and we’re going to take our country back!
    And ya know what? I don’t think true conservatives really care about sexual orientation because it really is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. True conservatives are about our country and its constitution, and that “ALL men (and women) are created equal”.
    God Bless the USA!!! 🙂

    • Well said! I couldn’t agree more. And I like how you describe the Tea Party as a ‘guerrilla group’. That’s right on target–it makes us so difficult to smack down. The only strategy the Left seems to have is to demonize, ridicule, or ignore us. And that is getting old and ineffective.

      This is going to be one heck of an interesting year.

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