Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest study of Tea Party activists?
Answer: Most oppose a third party and many are new to the political scene.
It’s about time someone conducted a study on the Tea Party movement, but I am sure this study will be ignored by all the liberal news outlets. Let’s be honest, a thousand studies could say the Tea Party movement is full of the nicest people in our country and the mainstream media would still paint them as racists, fascists, and violent fearmongers.
A new study released today reveals that Tea Party activists are motivated by feelings of responsibility to future generations and belief in America’s founding principles, but still struggle with questions of leadership and identity. The study conducted by Sam Adams Alliance, The Early Adopters: Reading the Tea Leaves, also reveals that Tea Party activists are a diverse group trying – often for the first time – to change the political landscape by holding elected officials more accountable.
The Sam Adams report offers the first-ever insights into the Tea Party movement that include a survey sample made up entirely of recognized Tea Party activists.
“A lot of surveys have focused on the Tea Party movement, but they’ve been about what others think of them, and don’t reveal the motives of actual Tea Partiers,” said Sam Adams Alliance chairman Eric O’Keefe. “We decided to learn what the Tea Party leaders are up to the old fashioned way: We asked them.”
The findings confirm that a large number of Tea Party activists are politically involved for the first time. 47 percent of activists surveyed said that they were “uninvolved” or “rarely involved” in politics before their participation in Tea Party groups.
Three political issues stood out as being the most important to Tea Party activists. When asked which issues were “very important” to them, 92 percent said “budget,” 85 percent said “economy,” and 80 percent said “defense.” No respondents listed social issues as an “important direction” for the movement.
Other findings of the study include:
- 86 percent oppose the formation of a third-party.
- 36 percent support a 2012 Sarah Palin Presidential candidacy.
- 81 percent have a website for their organization.
- 90 percent cited “to stand up for my beliefs” when characterizing their initial reason for involvement.
- 62 percent identified as Republicans, 28 percent as Independents, 10 percent as “Tea Party”
I must say: Interesting information! 💡 Click here if you would like to read the results of the full report.
Side-Note: Seriously… How were the people conducting the research able to get close enough to the Tea Partiers to ask them these questions!? After all, they are a ruthless and angry mob of individuals! 😆