Friday, February 12, 2010

Poll: Who Are the Tea Partiers?

Americans who call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement express strong levels of anger toward Washington generally, and great personal antipathy toward President Obama specifically, a new CBS News/ New York Times poll shows. They are more likely to call themselves Republicans than independents. Americans who call themselves "Tea Party members" in this poll: • Mostly consider themselves Republicans – not independents - and most view the Republican Party favorably (62 percent). • Are overwhelmingly negative about President Obama personally (80 percent); Americans overall are more favorable. • Are more likely to think President Obama is working mainly on behalf of the poor, and not the middle class. • Express nearly three times more anger toward Washington (45 percent) than Americans overall (17 percent). • Are more likely to believe President Obama has already raised taxes, while most Americans do more

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