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The results of a comprehensive New York Times polling project (document link here) offer some good news to that end. The results show that public opinion is trending away from Tea. They also dispel some big myths about the Tea Party being economic in nature rather than what it actually is: a re-branded, repurposed version of the same old Christian Right. This may seem familiar to AlterNet readers--but still, it's good to have the numbers and the mainstream attention to highlight such a crucial truth.
Here's the juiciest nugget from professors David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam in the Times, one which encapsulates the Tea Party's growing unpopularity with a vivid comparison or two (emphases mine):
Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right. Alex Seitz-Wald at Think Progress, highlighting the above results, also notes that these unpopularity numbers for the Tea Party have skyrocketed over the past year or so.
it's too bad we can't ask Christ himself who He would choose to align himself with. my guess is He'd be a lefty.
Originally posted by mishigas
reply to post by Sestias
Your thread title is so ridiculous as to be absurd. How did you ever deduce that moslems and atheists are more popular than TPM members from that stupid 'poll'.
You may not be aware of this, but it is an ATS requirement that we use the exact title of an article or other text that we are quoting. I personally would not have chosen that one, but it is protocol.