By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last umpteen months, you’ve heard the continual snide comments of the alphabet soup talking heads and the Dumocrat leadership regarding the nature of the Tea Party movement members. Leaving aside the tittering simpletons who can only think in terms of sexual deviancy and reveal more of the putrefaction of their own mind than anything else, Tea Partiers have been labeled as everything from fringe lunatics to violence prone rednecks in a classic example of an attempt at marginalization and demonization.
Alas for the liberal left, this alleged portrait has now been mugged by an ugly gang of facts presented in two recent polls, including one from Gallup. Even the LA Times, hardly a right wing shill, had to report (emphases added):
A new Gallup Poll out this morning of 1,033 finds nothing fringe about self-proclaimed Tea Party adherents; they are slightly more likely to be employed, male and definitely more conservative. But otherwise Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes, “their age, educational background, employment status, and race — Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.”
From the Gallup poll:
So, within the limits of any polling, it would appear that the wool the MSM is trying to pull over America’s eyes regarding the widespread revulsion to Obamacare and Democratic Big Government emanating from the TEA Party movement has been shredded to little bitty pieces.
As one final aside, any good poll should give you some of the details of the polling procedure. From the Gallup article (I haven’t checked the Winston Group poll):
Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,033 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted March 26-28, 2010. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points.
Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).
In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.