Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

October 21, 2010 4:07 PM

Tea Party Supporters and Location

18% of Americans consider themselves Tea Party supporters. Who are they?

58% are men; 35% are ages 45-64; and another 31% are age 65+; 93% are white; education ranges from 35% with H.S. or less formal education to 28% being college graduates; 59% report making between $30,000 and $100,000; 53% are Republicans and 41% are Independents; 64% are Protestant and 18% are Catholic. [CBS 10/10]

What Is The Point of View of Tea Party Supporters?

-- 94% of Tea Party supporters think the country is on the wrong track.
-- 80% would prefer an outsider as their Representative in Congress.
-- 74% think that the Tea Party will give them more say in government.
-- 74% of Tea Party Supporters think media coverage of the Tea Party has been too harsh.

Among Tea Partiers:

-- 82% think that Obama has expanded the role of government too much.
-- 72% oppose the new healthcare bill. -- 64% think the auto companies should have been allowed to fail.
-- 63% think the country would be better off if the banks had been allowed to fail.
-- 58% do not think the government should take care of people who cannot take care of themselves.

30% think the views of the Tea Party “reflect the views of most of America.” [CBS 10/10]

Where is the Tea Party’s National Office Located?

There is no physical office. It is organized through a weekly conference call.

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