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The Tea Party Movement - Demographics

CNN poll:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/17/tea.party.poll/index.html

PDF with the full poll is towards the bottom of the article

 

Another CNN poll about the limited reach of the movement:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/05/poll.tea.party/index.html

 

Ron Paul

Friction between Ron Paul and the Tea Party Movement

http://www.alternet.org/news/145630/ron_paul_helped_inspire_the_tea_party_movement,_and_now_it_could_take_him_down

  • He is facing three primary challengers endorsed by the Tea Party Movement
  • He disagrees on issues such as the wars, drug policy, and civil liberties
  • He has claimed that a neocon influence is emerging within the movement and that he does not agree with all of its tenets (argues this is a consequence of the mainstream Republican party taking it over).

Paul discusses his disagreements:          

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFFPHC13uEY&feature=player_embedded

Fox News reports that Palin has endorsed Paul’s son but that this does not translate to support for him:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/18/tea-party-movement-betrays-ron-paul-gop-challengers/

Glenn Beck

Poll suggests that the movement may prefer Beck to Palin:

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/02/08/sarah-palin-glenn-beck-top-tea-party-picks.html

Beck likes them too, for instance:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,585030,00.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510579,00.html

http://www.therightscoop.com/glenn-beck-tea-parties-are-against-liars-cheats-and-thieves/

Additional Resources

Pick up the February Progressive Magazine for PRA Senior Analyst Chip Berlet's Cover Story on the Tea Partiers.

Significant Recent Essays

Chip Berlet's Series on the Tea Bag Movement & Right-Wing Populism

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