Progressive Citizen Journalism Project:
Tea Party Populism
Researching Tea Parties, Town Halls, & Right-Wing Populism
Who Are These Folks?
The answers you get will vary due to a number of factors, including their own social and economic demographics and the geographic area in which they reside. Answers may vary from house to house or neighborhood to neighborhood. An urban Tea Party supporter is likely to be quite different from a suburban Tea Party supporter.
Get their names (and ask if spelling is correct)
Get their ages.
Find out where they live by state, and then city, and if possible, city neighborhood or suburb. (do not ask for an address--to intrusive at this stage)
Ask them what are the top five issues on their agenda?
Do they support Second Amendment Rights?
Do they consider themselves religious?
How do they get information about current events and politics?
By watching television or listening to the radio?
By reading direct mail from any groups that urged them to become involved?
By reading any columns in newspapers or magazines?
By reading a specific newspaper, magazine, or newsletter?
Who do they respect as political leaders or elected officials?
Tea Party Project
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