Americans Prefer Socialism to Tea Party?

I’m leery of premature movement post-mortems (the Tea Party is, after all, largely a re-branded Religious Right in pseudo-libertarian drag), to say nothing of Rasmussen. Still, make of this what you will:

Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

As Blue Texan (h/t) notes, “36% of Americans have a favorable view of socialism.

1 comment to Americans Prefer Socialism to Tea Party?

  • Jeff Wegerson

    Look at the results for “Capitalism” and “Free Enterprise” and possibly “Entrepreneurs”. It speaks directly to us Agonists. Look how the other words have a linear progression, either up or down, from conservative to liberal with “moderates” in the middle. Moderates tend to get the rap that they are too uninformed or uninvolved to have a considered opinion.

    So is that what these outliers show? Or are they picking up a quite considered plague on both your houses effect (affect?) here? Is it something similar to how we scorn both neo-conservatives and neo-liberals?

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