Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tea Party = Religious Right, says Liberal Media

A new poll has provided more ammunition to the mainstream media in its attempted smear of the Tea Party movement. These liberal elites assume that this characterization will cause middle America to shun the movement.

-- From "Poll: Tea Partiers back 'Christian conservative agenda'" by Andy Sullivan, Reuters posted at 10/5/10

Many supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement that has shaken up politics share the same views as the Christian right on social issues like abortion and the role of religion in public life, according to a poll released Tuesday. . . . as the Public Religion Research Institute found in its American Values Survey.

The survey found significant overlap between the Tea Party, made up mostly of Republicans, and the religious right, which has played a significant political role for decades.

Nearly half of those who identify with the Tea Party believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and a similar proportion thinks that public officials do not pay enough attention to religion, the survey found. They are more likely than the population as a whole to view America as a Christian nation.

"The focus of the movement has changed to one that is much more in line with the full spectrum of conservative political issues," said [Michael] Lindsay, a political sociologist at Rice University in Houston.

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From "Tea party, religious right often overlap, poll shows" by Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post Staff Writer 10/5/10

The new poll . . . showed large swaths of the tea party looking for a strong government role in hot-button social issues. Nearly two-thirds say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, and 45 percent said there should be no legal recognition for same-sex couples.

Mark Rozell, a public policy professor at George Mason University who has written extensively about the religious right, said . . . "Now the word 'conservative' is accepted to mean generally small government in the economic sphere but an activist government on social issues."

A Washington Post poll published Tuesday found more than half of all white evangelicals "support or lean toward supporting the tea party."

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