The truth about the Tea Party

In my By the numbers blog at Stuff, I reveal some stats on supporters, which may surprise some:

  • 43% of Tea Party supporters have an unfavourable view of the Republican Party.
  • Only 40% of Tea Party supporters think Sarah Palin has the ability to be an effective president.
  • 57% of Tea Party supporters think gay couples should be able to enter a civil union or marry.
  • Only 18% of Tea Party supporters say they always vote Republican.
  • 36% of Tea Party supporters identify as Independents, and 5% as Democrats.

There’s already a furious debate at over my characterisation of them.

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