Poll Questions Popularity Of Tea Party Message


Poll questions popularity of Tea Party messageMany Tea Party-backed candidates are poised to help the GOP take over Congress this November, but a new poll suggests that their views may not be shared by most Americans. 

These congressional hopefuls are running on a platform of small government, limited spending, fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets. However, a survey released by nonpartisan voting rights group Project Vote has found that half of all voters who are African-American, low-income or young believe that government should provide for the needs of citizens.

Majorities of these voters also support higher taxes on investment income, higher social security contributions from those who make more than $107,000, pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan as a way to reduce the deficit, and greater spending on infrastructure projects.

Moreover, these groups make up a larger share of the electorate than Tea Party sympathizers who tend to be white, older and wealthier.

According to Project Vote's executive director Michael Slater, "black voters, low-income voters, and youth voters together represent roughly a third of the electorate, and they will play an increasingly important role in American politics in the years to come."

He admitted, however, that Tea Party activists are better funded and organized, and have thus been able to better convey their message in the last two years. 

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