Sunday, February 21, 2010

A poll dealing with who the Tea Baggers are, from CNN

Here. As the article puts it, they're more likely to be male, rural and better off. "According to the survey, roughly 11 percent of all Americans say they have actively supported the Tea Party movement, either by donating money, attending a rally, or taking some other active step to support the movement. Of this core group of Tea Party activists, 6 of 10 are male and half live in rural areas.

Nearly three-quarters of Tea Party activists attended college, compared to 54 percent of all Americans, and more than 3 in 4 call themselves conservatives.


According to the survey, most Tea Party activists describe themselves as Independents.

"But that's slightly misleading, because 87 percent say they would vote for the GOP candidate in their congressional district if there were no third-party candidate endorsed by the Tea Party," Holland said."

According to the PDF of the data itself, the Tea Partiers are both whiter and less black than the other respondents: Tea Partiers: White 80%, African-American 2%, Latino 10%, other people surveyed:White 71%, African-American 11%, Latino 11%. The Latino thing is a little bit inexplicable considering the Tea Partiers anti-immigration stands, but whatever floats their boat I suppose.

The income data is in the PDF, and it amazingly shows that only 8% of respondents who said they were active Tea Partiers made under $30,000, as opposed to 28% of the rest of the poll. $30,000-$50,000 was more in line with the rest of the respondents, 18% vs. 19%, but the $50,000-$75,000 bracket was way out of sync, with the Tea Partiers registering 32% vs 17% for the rest of the respondents. And in the top income bracket, $75,000 dollars or more, 34% of Tea Partiers put themselves in the category as opposed to 25% of other respondents.

I don't know what to make of this. Other info I've seen, such as the recent extensive New York Times article on the Tea Partiers, leads me to think that these folks aren't the richest people in the world.

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