Poll: Tea Partyers Wealthier, More Educated Than Most

Thursday, 15 Apr 2010 11:25 AM

By Dan Weil

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Those who think of tea party members as a bunch of country bumpkins will have to think again.

Tea partyers are better educated and wealthier than their brethren citizens, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

Of the 18 percent of poll respondents who identified themselves as tea partyers, 20 percent said their household income totals $100,000 or more per year. That compares to 14 percent for respondents overall.

Tea party supporters tend to be Republican, white, male, married and older than 45. Their opinions are more conservative on a host of issues than Republicans as a whole.

A majority 54 percent of tea partyers have a favorable view of Republicans compared to 43 percent unfavorable. A whopping 92 percent have an unfavorable view of Democrats.

Tea party members call themselves “angry” with Washington, while Republicans label themselves “dissatisfied.”

Tea partyers give President Obama only a 7 percent approval rating. A mere 6 percent see the country moving in the right direction. The economy is the major problem facing the country, they say.

Read the rest of the story at The New York Times

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