Of course, many of the mainstream TEA Party members are more conservative than liberal, but we’ve been told by the media there are few “other than white” faces at TEA Party events. Will Gallup’s recent poll put an end to the TEA Party race component question?
USA Today and Gallup got together to conduct telephone interviews with about 1,000 adults at the end of March. About three in 10 proclaimed they were supporters of the TEA Party movement. From the Gallup site…
Tea Party supporters are decidedly Republican and conservative in their leanings. Also, compared with average Americans, supporters are slightly more likely to be male and less likely to be lower-income.
In several other respects, however — their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.
The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.
Add this all up – from a variety of sources – and you’ll get the impression Democrats are in big trouble come November. I hate to ask such a stupid question since it points out we Americans have very short memories, but has conservatism “peaked” too soon?