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Tea Party Populism

Researching Tea Parties, Town Halls, & Right-Wing Populism

Who Are These Folks?

Ask Them!

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?

  • Any memberships?
  • National Rifle Association
  • Gun Owners of America

    What other gun related organizations or movements have they participated with?

Do they consider themselves religious?

  • Do they attend services regularly?
    • How many times per month?
  • If they are Christians, who do they respect as leaders?
    • Dr. James Dobson
    • Rev. Rick Warren
    • Who else do they respect as spiritual leaders ?

Information Sources

How do they get information about current events and politics?

By watching television or listening to the radio?

  • Fox News
  • Glenn Beck?
  • Rush Limbaugh?
  • Michael Savage?

By reading direct mail from any groups that urged them to become involved?

  • Cato Institute
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Free Congress Foundation
  • Family Research Council
  • Focus on the Family
  • Concerned Women for America
  • Eagle Forum
  • von Mises Insittute

By reading any columns in newspapers or magazines?

  • Ann Coulter
  • Phyllis Schlafly
  • Pat Buchanan
  • James Dobson

By reading a specific newspaper, magazine, or newsletter?

  • Human Events
  • National Review
  • AIM Report (Accuracy in Media)

Who do they respect as political leaders or elected officials?

  • Newt Gingrich
  • Scott Brown (R-MA)
  • Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
  • Sara Palin







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