Religion poll equates dense, Tea Party dunce demographic to Christian right

“On many important political and social issues, Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement also hold views similar to the views of Americans who identify with the Christian conservative movement…”

Public Religion Research Institute, October 5, 2010

There may not be much of a surprise here, but a new poll published by the Public Religion Research Institute says that chances are, if you are White, non-Hispanic, call Fox News your “most trusted source of news about politics and current events,” and prefer extreme Christian social values, you are supporting the Tea Party and its unhinged cabal of crazy candidates in this year’s midterm election.

The biennial poll, conducted by the PRRI every two years since 2006, found that more than half (57%) of those in the ultra-conservative, Palin embracing, DeMint encouraged social conservatives in the Tea Party “consider themselves part of the Christian conservative movement.” I guess it could be worse, considering the survey also found that more than 8-in-10 of them call themselves Christians.


What would Jesus do? This sign from the October 2, 2010, One Nation demonstration on the National Mall, in Washington, DC, has an idea, one with which the Tea Party may not agree. (photo by Carole Keith)


To bring home the point that these are not just fiscally-conscious, socially accepting Libertarians, the poll, which PRRI calls the American Values Survey, points out that almost two-of-three Tea Partiers surveyed are against abortion “in all or most cases,” and less than 20% support gay marriage. (I would have thought that number was much worse.)

They are also – no surprise here – overwhelmingly Republican, with basically three-of-four saying they always vote GOP, and more than eight-of-ten (83%) saying they will be supporting Republican candidates in November.

Daily Beast columnist and “Wingnuts” author John Avlon, in a March column, called it “Obama Derangement Syndrome—pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism,” and says this “demonizing of our president” has “infected the Republican Party.”

The more appropriate and timeless quote may be the one from Jonathan Swift, which appears as the epigraph of the John Kennedy Toole classic, “A Confederacy of Dunces.” Swift said:

“When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.”


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