Survey: Influence Of Tea Party Conservatism Equals That Of Obama’s Progressivism


Ah, the Tea Party. So reviled in the mainstream press. So marginalized by Congressional RINOs, Democrats and, of course, President Barack Obama. So…inconsequential.

Why, then, do polls consistently show the Tea Party’s influence to be more or less on par with that of the President?

The latest iteration of a Rasmussen survey that periodically tracks such things shows, once again, that the well-hated, amorphous conservative movement appeals to at least as many Americans as the President himself does.

From the report:

Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

The survey collected the opinions of 1,000 likely voters between Oct. 26 and 27. The results reflect a small dip in the relative prestige of the Tea Party’s involvement in national politics; a similar Rasmussen survey done in April revealed more people who identified with the Tea Party (48 percent) than with the President (44 percent).

The gulf separating the ideological positions of Tea Partiers and Obama supporters is vast, though. As a recent Rasmussen poll demonstrated, “voters who approve of the president’s job performance were slightly more likely to consider the Tea Party a bigger terrorist threat to the United States than radical Muslims.”

The loyalty to both camps, predictably, aligns equally along party lines, with 77 percent of Democrats saying the President’s views most closely reflect their own, while 76 percent of Republicans, along with 51 percent of unaffiliated voters, saying they share more in common with the Tea Party and its self-identified “members.” That 51 percent is crucial to the future success of either political party – and despite what the mainstream media reports, conservative views are nowhere near the minority fringe of American political opinion.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JanelleHumbert

    For groups of people who didn’t “exist” according to the media and DC, then called the obligatory racist, then terrorists……..we certainly cause a lot of angst.
    Something about less governmental control, less taxation and personal responsibility is still appealing!

    • rbrooks

      less govt control. more corporate control. more religious ideology. a return to a third world state. very appealing.

      • JanelleHumbert

        Perhaps if we did not allow the 535 to stay in office indefinitely….corporate influence wouldn’t play the role it does.
        I’ve seen you on the boards – first time we’ve posted back and forth.

        • rbrooks

          term limits would be nice. no more than one consecutive term would be better.
          would that make a real difference?

          less control is the answer. i doubt you will ever get agreement to that.

          would the country be better served if we put america and americans first and foremost?

          would that have a better chance of removing govt, corporate and religious controls?

          • JanelleHumbert

            That was quick. Congress will never vote for term limits.
            It’s our job to remove them from office. I will never understand the compulsion to swear by anyone’s congress critter that some exhibit. I am puzzled by the religious control that you mention. What does that refer to?

          • rbrooks

            i could care less if congress, or any elected official, wants term limits. we can vote term limits in.

            personally, i would set terms at no more than 4 years. only one term. can not campaign for a new office or for anyone else running for office. for all elected officials.

            it would be a lot more interesting if congress was a 2 or 3 year term. if they can not solve problems in 2 years, we really should be replacing them.

            we could get term limits passed at this time. considering the mood of the country regarding congress.

            the public needs to become more involved. shorter terms would require that.

            religious control is found thru out this country. drugs, alcohol, prostitution, sex, abortion, ‘blue’ laws, the list goes on. one of the regular comedians that posts on this site would require a belief in a god,( tho he is not clear which god(s) are acceptable), to be a citizen. to have any rights.

            all politicians are crooks. yet some simply believe that their particular crook(s) walk on water.

            they should learn to treat public servants as servants that serve the public. slash the pay, eliminate all of the perks, the pensions, etc.

            once we start passing props, it would be just as easy to pass or repeal other issues. ahca, immigration, the endless drug war, the constant world police actions, the 2nd amendment, etc.

            the public might finally realize that we do not need this many govt. administrators.

            the problem will be those who will try to end equality or restrict rights thru the same process.

          • JanelleHumbert

            You leave me smiling and hopeful, rbrooks. Pleasant dreams to you!

          • rbrooks

            the cynic in me realises that this will probably never be more than a dream.

            it is more probable that cruz and the average poster(s) from this site will collapse the country thru their economic policy’s.
            perhaps after that happens the public will finally wake up.


          • JanelleHumbert

            “average poster(s) on this site”? Which group are you referring to? No sarcasm intended….I find at least four, perhaps more.

          • rbrooks

            the insecure group. theoriginaldaveh, samurai, force recon, warrior, freedom train, etc. the ones that are missing in action on this story.

            the same ones that continue to drive voters to the democrats.
            if the democrats do get a majority in congress, it will be the result of the above mentioned individuals and the groups they represent.

            personal liberty, equality, freedom, must apply to all, not just a few.

            some of the authors on this site struggle with that concept as well.

          • JanelleHumbert

            brooks, the two groups I find most appalling are the two political parties. Everyone else pales in comparison. Other than that, I’m dreadful at grouping people. I’ve found that if I make those assumptions that I’m often incorrect! ;-D

          • rbrooks

            there are more than two political parties. even tho they may all run under one of two party tickets.

            the largest party in this country is the average american citizen. they are tired of all of the politics, all of the radicals, all of the bs.

            they may not agree with abortion, gay marriage, drugs, etc., but they are tired of the constant fighting over those issues. they are tired of being the world police. they are tired of paying for all of it.

            they want decent jobs that provide enough to allow them a part of the old american dream.

          • Robert Messmer

            The problem with the largest party in this country is that they never put any candidates on the ballot.

          • rbrooks

            absolutely correct.

  • B

    I still think there are more God fearing, moral seeking, law abiding men and women in this country than immoral baby killing, constitution ignoring, feeling entitled to everything without earning it progressive scum!!! Just sucks that MSM entirely consists of the latter!!!

  • Jim B

    Every American has a little Tea Party in them! The change that is coming will be massive, America will get back to its roots and once again become the leaders in Aero Space, Engineering, Infrastructure, you name it. We can’t do that with the current Federal administration and a Senate that blocks all improvements approved by the House (who is our representatives by the way). Once the garbage in the Federal Government is removed, we can progress as a civilization, but unfortunately, not before.

  • Bill

    It is understandable that the progressives would demonize the tea party movement. We are about to spoil their spending spree

  • ibn insha

    Disagree with polls. Survey of 1000 people is not a diverse enough sample to represent all Americans. Over confidence is dangerous. In the last 2 general elections Republicans arrogantly cited polls predicting their win. Did not happen and will not happen if half the population continues to get freebies from government and the economy continues to be in bad shape.