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Tea Party A ‘Terror Threat’ Equal To Muslim Extremists, For Obama Backers

June 28, 2013 by  

Tea Party A ‘Terror Threat’ Equal To Muslim Extremists, For Obama Backers

A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that American voters who identify with President Barack Obama now consider the Tea Party just about as sinister a terrorist threat as radical Muslim extremists.

But take away the filter of political allegiances, and the survey demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of Americans still regard Islamic terrorists with anti-American agendas as a greater threat than small-government conservatives, with 51 percent of all those surveyed saying islamofascism represents the Nation’s greatest threat, compared with 13 percent who view the Tea Party in the same fashion.

Another 13 percent view political and religious extremism — evidently of the non-Islamic sort — as most significant, with militia groups attracting the concern of another 6 percent. Two percent said the Occupy Wall Street movement threatens America the most.

The survey, which polled 1,000 “likely voters” by phone this week, showed that Americans who approve of the job Obama is doing have a severely different outlook on what constitutes a threat to American interest. Among Obama supporters, 29 percent identified Muslim extremists as the top threat, compared with a close 26 percent who evidently fear a conservative cross-section of natural-born American citizens: Tea Party conservatives. Those who responded that they “strongly approve” of the Obama Administration actually fear the Tea Party more than they fear Islamist violence.

On the other hand, 75 percent of those who disapprove of Obama named Muslim radicals as the biggest threat, compared with 1 percent who cited the Tea Party.

Interestingly, a connection appears between working for the government and fretting over the Tea Party. Among government workers, 20 percent said the Tea Party should be the Nation’s chief terrorist concern, compared with 12 percent of private sector employees who hold the same view.

Terrorism represented only one focus of the survey, though. Overall, 57 percent of respondents in a February Rasmussen poll said economic challenges present the most significant threat to America — compared with only 27 percent who identified the biggest threat to be terrorism.

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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  • shadow1776

    The biggest threat to this Country is the Government. They violate your rights, play on your fears, and rape your wallet. They lie, cheat, steal, and the only God they worship is $$$$, and power. They are a plague on or Country and spreading like a bad rash.

    • 1 4 Liberty

      I agree. People in this country are asleep at the wheel and are more concerned about celebrities and Hollywood while their rights and values are diminished via government. It is our job to keep pushing for less government. And inform them.

      • shadow1776

        Wake up America, the Government is the threat. They come up with all of these bogus things, that a child could see its not right. How will bringing more people into a country that has a high unemployment rate help the economy.? How will raising the minimum wage help if you raise taxes? How will sending weapons to terrorists help Americans? How does violating your constitution and taking rights away help America? Or pushing companies out because the Government cant keep its nose out of anything. They are the reason so many people are out of work, and more will be. Then what? Crime will rise, because people will do whatever they have to to survive. They stick there nose in education, religion, your very family business. They are the reason so many countries hate americans. Because they want to control everything.

      • Ron r

        Is this anything like the Tea Party believing that President Obama is a socialist,Muslim who was born in Kenya , hates the country , and is a witch doctor? And you are complaining??????


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