Another MSM/Dem myth busted

Posted by: ST on April 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

Both The Hill and Gallup report this morning some interesting demographics on the Tea Party movement that are at odds with how Democrats and their allies in the MSM have portrayed them. First, from The Hill (via Memeorandum):

Four in 10 Tea Party members are either Democrats or Independents, according to a new national survey.

The findings provide one of the most detailed portraits to date of the grassroots movement that started last year.

The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.

The Winston Group conducted three national telephone surveys of 1,000 registered voters between December and February. Of those polled, 17 percent – more than 500 people — said they were “part of the Tea Party movement.”

“It’s a good sample size,” said David Winston, the polling firm’s director. “It will certainly give us an initial base to follow where these folks are.”

The group is united around two issues – the economy/jobs and reducing the deficit. They believe that cutting spending is the key to job creation and favor tax cuts as the best way to stimulate the economy. That said 61 percent of Tea Party members believe infrastructure spending creates jobs. Moreover, given the choice Tea Party members favor 63-32 reducing unemployment to 5 percent over balancing the budget.

And from Gallup:

Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics
Skew right politically, but have typical profile by age, education, and employment

PRINCETON, NJ — Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That’s the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.


Tea Party supporters are decidedly Republican and conservative in their leanings. Also, compared with average Americans, supporters are slightly more likely to be male and less likely to be lower-income.

The breakdown is as follows:

49% Republican
43% Independent
8% Democrat

70% Conservative
22% Moderate
8% Liberal

Love the “decidedly Republican” description even though nearly the same number of those polled described themselves as “Independent” as they did “Republican” but whatever. I suspect the numbers are somewhere in the middle of what Gallup reported and the Winston Group reported. The Tea Party movement is a diverse group of people who don’t all fit in one neat little box and, contra to the President’s absurd and baseless claim, the “core” of the movement has nothing to do with “birtherism” but instead concern about this nation’s fiscal future and the increasing role government has in the lives of the American people. How could the “core” of the movement have anything to do with birtherism since the movement actually started in mid 2008 in response to government bailouts?? 8-|

JammieWearingFool, predicting that the Dems will be on suicide watch this morning after reading the “first wave” of news on the demographics of Tea Partiers, writes:

It’s interesting to note that job creation and deficit reduction are the two primary issues motivating those polled [in the Winston Group polls]. Democrats used to pay lip service to the deficit when it suited them and Obama has pretended to care about creating jobs while overseeing the loss of millions of them. The media mantra that it was all about taxes doesn’t seem to wash.

It sure doesn’t seem like the pathetic attempts at portraying tea partiers as a bunch of racist, violent extremists is bearing much fruit.

Nope, it doesn’t, but in answer to Noel Sheppard’s question wondering how the MSM will react to these findings, don’t look for them nor Democrats to change their tunes on their (coordinated?) attempts at smearing those who think this administration is taking this country in a dangerously wrong direction. The ends justifies the means to this agenda-driven crowd, even if it means violating their 2001-2008 “Dissent is patriotic” motto over and over again.

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13 Responses to “Another MSM/Dem myth busted”


  1. Pasadena Phil says:

    With the Democratic Party registrations in free fall, it is an ominous message to the GOP that voters are not fleeing to their party. There is pendulum effect in progress. If the GOP wins (big or small) in November, it will be due mostly to this being an anti-incumbent election and they are the minority party.

    THIS Bush/McCain/Kennedy Republican is the very same (albeit smaller) party that just orchestrated two catastrophic national election campaigns and are showing no signs of having changed.

    If McCain and his ilk are not expunged from the party this year, we may be looking at a serious 3rd party movement for 2012.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    This also puts to rest the left’s lie that the Tea Parties are simply astroturfed gatherings. You can’t pull together such a diverse coalition of groups by renting them the way you can, say, SEIU members.

  3. Bachbone says:

    It’s time to start calling the MSM the “Humpty Dumpty Media,” because as Humpty Dumpty told Alice, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Therefore, Humpty’s words mean nothing (e.g., a la Bill Clinton, it all depends on what the meaning of “decidedly Republican…” is).

    And like Humpty, when these media fall off their perch, not even the Left’s men will be able to put them back together again. Humpty is already slippin’ and slidin’ off the believability wall. A crash and crack-up can’t be far off.

  4. Carlos says:

    One of the most important parts of being a union member is that you either keep quiet (if not parroting the party line) or do exactly as you’re told. That’s how it’s so easy to get so many counter-protesters to TEA parties – they’re simply doing what they’re told to do. They’re simply brainless twits.

    Contrast that with, say, demonstrations where people drive 1000 miles voluntarily to be part of an actual demonstration of peoples’ real anger about what and how the government is actually spending money, what they are spending the money on, and how they plan to relieve us dummies from ever more responsibilities because they, in their infinite wisdom, know so much more than we about what’s good for us.

    That, and the fact that the partiers are overwhelmingly non-violent, as opposed to the unionists whose sole purpose is to promote violence. Kinda like all the “peaceniks” back in the sixties who favored burning down buildings and attacking cops. (Does that remind you of one of Duh-1’s favorite friends?)

  5. Drew says:

    Another Dem (planted) myth busted. =))

  6. Serfer62 says:

    What the varances in polls indicate is the leaderless diversity of the Tea Party people whose unification is anti Big Govorment or something like it.
    As to the DC GOP, the best way to handle them is to eliminate McNasty…with him gone all rinos are on notice. Grahmnesty, call your offuce.
    Do NOT donate to the RNCC or any other DC based R. Donate direct to the candidate of your choice.
    Reguardless of party vote the incumbent out…

  7. Marque says:

    Sadly, I think the answer is clear in this AP article about black conservatives in the Tea Party movement. Right after spending a few good sentences detailing the harassment that black conservatives have endured (both now and long into the past), the author then counters that with “reports that some tea partyers were lobbing racist slurs at black congressmen during last month’s heated health care vote give them ammunition.” Nevermind that those “reports” have been thoroughly debunked, as well…. *Sigh* A mythbuster’s job is never done!