There is significant overlap between Americans who identify as supporters of the Tea Party movement and those who identify as conservative Republicans. Their similar ideological makeup and views suggest that the Tea Party movement is more a rebranding of core Republicanism than a new or distinct entity on the American political scene.
|TEA PARTY BY THE NUMBERS|
Who they are
Seven demographic characteristics of Tea Party supporters:
78% are Republicans or independents who lean
77% are non-Hispanic whites.
69% are conservatives.
62% are married.
56% are men.
47% are 55 or older.
23% are under 35.
What they believe
Seven defining attitudes of Tea Party supporters:
92% believe the federal government debt is a very serious/extremely serious threat to the nation's future well-being.
90% believe terrorism is a very/extremely serious threat to the nation's future well-being.
90% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in this country.
87% disapprove of the job congressional
85% believe the size and power of the federal government are a very/extremely serious threat to the nation's future well-being.
83% say most members of Congress don't deserve re-election.
83% say President Obama doesn't deserve re-election.
Source: USA TODAY/Gallup Polls taken May 24-25 and June 11-13 of 697 Tea Party supporters. Margin of error +/-5 percentage points. Analysis by Jim Norman.