Americans View Tea Party Less Favorably Than Russia, Socialism

  • metta

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    Jan 22, 2011 8:19 AM GMT
    Americans View Tea Party Less Favorably Than Russia, Socialism

    http://firedoglake.com/2011/01/18/new-washington-postabc-poll-americans-view-tea-party-less-favorably-than-russia-socialism/
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:23 AM GMT
    metta8 saidAmericans View Tea Party Less Favorably Than Russia, Socialism

    http://firedoglake.com/2011/01/18/new-washington-postabc-poll-americans-view-tea-party-less-favorably-than-russia-socialism/


    The source on this is amusing. I mean at best the comparison is overwrought, at worst it's downright misleading. I'm surprised you bothered to even link it given how tenuous the comparison is.

    Let's have a look at their original sources - the first, the Washington Post:

    Separately, 52 percent of Americans now hold unfavorable views of the tea party, a new high. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats - including as many moderate and conservative as liberal members of the party - have negative views of the political movement, as do half of all independents.


    Note that this is a direct comparison between the political parties, versus the tea party movement. That's fine. As the posting also points out those supporters of the tea partiers have consistently pointed out that the movement has been demagogued by the media. Whether or not you buy into the argument is largely irrelevant to whether or not you should find the next comparison to Russia and Socialism relevant or appropriate.

    That source is a separate Gallup poll where the tea party movement is not provided as an option - and here are the results with respect to issues like Capitalism, Small Business, Free Enterprise and Socialism (this poll must be particularly galling to Firedolake and its readers which is why they had to cherry pick from it in order to make such a comparison):

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    Note the negative/favorable ratings and the negatives significantly are worse for socialism. That being said, I've often wondered why it's acceptable to like socialism and while there is no acceptance of nazi propaganda (rightfully so) when the deaths have been far more numerous in pursuit of the former than the latter. Care to opine?
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    It's like Fox (the most trusted and distrusted news source)...you're either for it or against it. My co-worker swears by it. (I'm subject to a smattering of Rush Limbaugh every day because of her).
  • musclmed

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidIt's like Fox (the most trusted and distrusted news source)...you're either for it or against it. My co-worker swears by it. (I'm subject to a smattering of Rush Limbaugh every day because of her).


    Rush isnt on Fox.


    Its amusing in that blog mention on the link the comments. People have actually now spun that "tea party" and tuscon are related.

    Despite all that has come out there is desperation to discredit a movement of an idea.

    Its a loosely orchestrated attempt. I predict it will fail, as it is as grass roots as it comes.

    The OP should know, the blogger just took the recent Washington post poll and then compared it with a 2010 gallop poll on opinions of different countries. There is nothing closer to an anaology of Apple's and Oranges. 2 different polls, 2 different contexts'

    dishonest bloggerOnly 35% of Americans like the Teabaggers, about the same number that like Saudi Arabia. Kinda figures. Both love to drill for oil, hate gays, and believe in theocracy.


    Its the same pattern i see over and over. For the Progessive zealots they sit back and just see "signs" in everything. They are self re inforcing arguments not based on facts. I am just waiting for the next blog about the mega conspiracy that stole the 2010 election.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    All these polls are just ridiculous and I don't believe any of them regardless of what side they are pandering to
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    Jan 22, 2011 4:52 PM GMT
    musclmed said
    q1w2e3 saidIt's like Fox (the most trusted and distrusted news source)...you're either for it or against it. My co-worker swears by it. (I'm subject to a smattering of Rush Limbaugh every day because of her).


    Rush isnt on Fox


    That's the point. She quotes Rush as if he's on Fox, which, to her, is sacrosanct...
    And when I point out to her that recent study on how people who watch more Fox, no matter what their political inclinations, are more misinformed, she takes offense.
    Righteous anger (no pun) vs. facts and statistics...no contest.
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    Jan 22, 2011 4:53 PM GMT
    musclmed said
    q1w2e3 saidIt's like Fox (the most trusted and distrusted news source)...you're either for it or against it. My co-worker swears by it. (I'm subject to a smattering of Rush Limbaugh every day because of her).


    Rush isnt on Fox


    I think Q is saying his co-worker talks everyday about things Rush says on fox news Sundays.

    -Doug

    http://www.foxnews.com/topics/politics/rush-limbaugh.htm
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:59 PM GMT
    Another meaningless, nonsensical poll.
  • musclmed

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    Jan 22, 2011 5:15 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidAll these polls are just ridiculous and I don't believe any of them regardless of what side they are pandering to



    well you can look at the washington post poll , its just that. I dont have a problem with it . Its data.

    The blogger drew conclusions that take 2 different types of polls.

    see my post above.

    Some just wanna believe there own bs. This sort of stuff ( tuscon media smear) of late just reinforces the fact that progressives know there in trouble and are just gnawing at there own bones now.


    Remember Pelosi called them Astroturf. Now its all Progressives talk about.