metta8 saidAmericans 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):
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?