Study Reveals Cultural Characteristics Of Tea Party

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Newswise — LAS VEGAS — American voters sympathetic to the Tea Party movement reflect four primary cultural and political beliefs more than other voters do: authoritarianism, libertarianism, fear of change, and negative attitudes toward immigrants and immigration, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

“Our findings show that the Tea Party movement can best be understood as a new cultural expression of late 20th century conservatism,” said Andrew J. Perrin, an associate professor of sociology in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, and lead author of the study, “Cultures of the Tea Party.”

Findings are based on two telephone polls of registered voters in North Carolina and Tennessee (conducted May 30-June 3, 2010 and Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2010), and a set of interviews and observations at a Tea Party movement rally in Washington, N.C. Nearly half of poll respondents (46 percent) felt favorably toward the Tea Party movement.

Researchers found that respondents who felt positively toward the Tea Party movement held the following primary cultural and political dispositions more often than other voters did:

• Authoritarianism: respondents believe that obedience by children is more important than creativity, and that deference to authority is an important value.

• Libertarianism: respondents believe there should not be regulations or limitations on expressions such as clothing, television shows, and musical lyrics.

• Fear of change/ontological insecurity: respondents sense that things are changing too fast or too much.

• Nativism: respondents hold negative attitudes toward immigrants and immigration.

Study co-authors are: Steven J. Tepper, an associate professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University; Neal Caren, an assistant professor of sociology at UNC, and Sally Morris, a doctoral student in sociology at UNC.
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August 22, 2011 at 9:17am
Liberal professors at liberal colleges. I am shocked at their conclusion!

Meanwhile, look at what Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had to say about the Tea Party. Got to love the language the kinder, more compassionate party uses. Also take note of the entitlement mentality of her supporters. President Kennedy must be rolling over in his grave seeing what has become of his party.
August 22, 2011 at 11:23am
Sorry, I meant to post a link to support my opinion.
August 23, 2011 at 6:12am
Not being symphathic to the Tea Party I wasn't called for an opinion but if I had been asked I may have told them to draw their own conclusions from this THINK PROGRESS comment:

"Shery Lanford Smith, the chairwoman of Sumter Tea Party in South Carolina is under fire after posting a joke about killing President and First Lady Obama on her Facebook profile last Thursday. In the joke, the Obamas’ helicopter pilot says to his co-pilot, “I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!” Smith continued, “If you’re one of [the] 256 million, pass it on,” which implies “she herself would be happy to see the Obamas killed.”

Part of that kinder, more compassiate extremist segment of the Republican Party.
August 23, 2011 at 10:47am
MMW, I will agree with you that it is in poor taste that someone who proclaims themselves as "chairwoman of Sumter Tea Party in South Carolina", puts a joke about killing our President on her facebook profile. However you did not address the fact that an elected member of the United States House of Representatives said about the Tea Party. Not to mention what our Vice President said about the Tea Party.

If you look at the various protest that the Tea Party has had you will note that there has been no violence, no arrest have been made, and there has not even been a problem with a lot of litter left behind after the gatherings. There has been a call for smaller government, less taxes, and personal responsibility, not a cry for "what can the government do for me", as you will see if you go to the link I posted.
August 23, 2011 at 11:10am
LOL you are too funny MMW. The "Chronic Courier Complainer" talking about other people complaining. Talk about an oxymoron!

I believe you could find extremists in every political party to include Republican, Tea Party, Libertarian, and your beloved Democratic Party as well.

But, again I ask you the same question I ask you every time. What good do you get or promote complaining about everything while offering no solutions yourself?
August 23, 2011 at 2:50pm
I don't know Corey, just seems that the Tea Baggers have been up front more with the extremists views than the Democrats. Listen to Bachmann and her foolishness at times, along with Perry's off the wall comments along with what they did on the debt limit and the pushing of a balanced budget amendment and then look back at Angle and O'Donnell's assertions.
Notice the Bagger's meetings are getting smaller and smaller and Corey, I have always had a solution to this problem of extreemist's right wing wackos--vote for a mainstream Republican or Democrat and build up this nation rather than tear down.
August 23, 2011 at 4:38pm
Well for once MMW we agree on something and that is voting for people who build up our nation instead of tearing it down.

I don't mean to sound too harsh on you if I do, I just get really tired of everyone who complains, blames and calls people names no matter what your political agenda or affiliation is.

I don't see that it does one ounce of good in solving a single problem we face. And I mean that on a local, state and federal level. It is just simply a waste of time.

I won't debate you on who is more extreme in their political views because whether it is a Tea Party member, a Republican or Democrat I could make a case for all three and give you plenty of examples to support it.

I wish you would recognize that for what it is and not put so much faith in the idea that your political party is always right and without fault.

Solutions are not just simply voting one group out and another in. Solutions begin by compromise and the desire to make something better because it is morally right vs. politically right.

Until we work toward that goal, we are simply blowing hot air into the wind no matter what group you belong to or align yourself with.
August 23, 2011 at 5:15pm

Rick Perry is not a member of the Tea Party.

And do you really want to talk about these guys while President Obama rides around in a new $1,000,000 bus promoting his warped agenda while the country is floating a 9.5% unemployment rate?

Seriously? Like Air Force One wasn't enough that he needs a million dollar bus also? Face the reality that there are some serious problems with his economic policies, his views on what is constitutional and what is morally right as well.

August 24, 2011 at 2:09am
You do realize the secret service buys these busses and these aren't the first two right? The GOP candidate gets one too....when they finally GET a candidate.

The buses -- which are armored and equipped with classified technology -- would save taxpayers' money and eventually pay for itself, in lieu of having to lease and retrofitting buses every four years.

There have been busses used for both campaigns every four years since the 1980s. Before the busses were leased, which ended up costing more in the long run.
August 24, 2011 at 7:53am
Oh blooeyes, the Secret Service does not buy these buses; the American TAXPAYER buys these buses. Surely you are not that naive.

And no candidate gets Secret Service protection or a bus until they actually receive the nomination from their party. In other words when it gets down to a two man race.

The President is the only person who gets a MILLION dollar bus to campaign in.

And sincerely, I am not sure how you come up with the idea that spending a million dollars on a bus is a savings to the taxpayer. Oh, I remember. You think that because you are a Democrat.
August 24, 2011 at 2:18pm
Corey, chill out! It's not only the presidents "fault" for the unemployment rate being where it is. People aren't buying things as much, companies are hoarding cash rather than hiring people. Both parties haven't done such a great job of large job creation.

Besides, I'm more of an Independent.
August 24, 2011 at 3:16pm
I am chilled blooeyes, not sure why you would think I am not.

You can quote me on this: "I don't think everything that is wrong with our country lies squarely on the head of the President."

However, he is the man who said I can change it.

He is the man who has had almost three years to get the job done with two of it with his party in control of both the House and the Senate.

He is the man who focuses more on creating a law that in my opinion is un-constitutional vs. creating jobs.

At some point all of this CHANGE he promised is going to bankrupt the country.

That 1 million dollars spent on a bus that was not needed could have been used on something that could have helped saved lives.

He has Air Force One and numerous limousines to take him where he needs to go. The bus was a bridge to nowhere!
August 25, 2011 at 8:14am
Let me understand. A balanced budget, smaller government, limits on borrowing,flat tax-if you earn you pay, fair trade, prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools, Tort Reform, crack down on fraudulent assistance's, legal immigration. Wow that's pretty radical!

Were not going to see an increase in jobs until we have a market. This idea of a world economy when goods don't flow in and OUT of the country provides no opportunity for new business. As long as we export all our jobs there will be no need for any party, which might not be such a bad idea.

I remember an out-house i used when hunting in Alaska years ago that was wall papered in confederate dollars. We'll be doing the same with our dollars if our leadership continues on the path its on. But that works for Obama. Print more money devalue it so oil cost more and what do you know we are now paying as much as Europe for a tank of gas. An accident? Are we that stupid that we want to believe Obama is not manipulating the price of gas.

And the Democrats just love it. The Tea Party isn't a party, it's folks who don't go along with this giving the country away and believe its time to end the free-be's. Pretty radical!

This idea that someone is stupid enough to pay 60% more for a house than its worth because its offered for no money down on a 1.5% interest rate on an adjustable rate mortgage and a year later the interest rate doubles the payment goes from $1200.00 to $3600.00 and then they can't make the mortgage payment and then cry they got screwed and I don't want to bail them out makes me a radical? On top of that the same house someone paid $250K for is actually only worth $170K but because someone told them to believe its a good deal because even though it's only costing them 80% of their 2 income take home along their need for instant gratification and now they are upside down and cant sell it because there is a million more out there just like it and the buyers are walking away crying they lost their home....bull crap..Well the lefties think we're obligated to compensate them for their dimwittedness well thats because the left is simply dim witted. It wasn't Bush who was telling them everyone is entitled and everyone should by a home even if they can't afford it and the Gov't will take up the slack , it was your pal Obama.

I guess I am radical and getting old and sick of this scoreless soccer game mentality that has always run rampant in the democratic party.
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