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    Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, and David E. Campbell, a political scientist at Notre Dame, say they have collected data indicating that the tea party is "less popular than much maligned groups like 'atheists' and 'Muslims.'"

    But Campbell says the tea party was really an afterthought in their research.

    "We didn't go into this study to look at the tea party," Campbell said in an interview with The Ticket.

    One of their more surprising findings, Campbell concedes, (and one drawing national attention) is that the tea party drew a lower approval rating than Muslims and atheists. That put the tea party below 23 other entries--including Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Republicans and Democrats--that the professors included on their survey of "a representative sample of 3,000 Americans."

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Huh. I know I hate the tea party, but I had no idea that was a popular belief.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    I suppose this is why they gained so may seats but an Atheist would have a hard time winning one even with a 20 point head start. (that's not a knock on Atheists, I care less what people believe. I'm just noting it's very hard for an avowed Atheist to win an election outside of some small pockets)

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Why is this finding surprising? Attendance at Tea Party events has been in sharp decline since the mid-terms. America is waking up to the fact that it's maybe not such a good idea to give ignorant extremists a lot of power.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard, and David E. Campbell, a political scientist at Notre Dame, say they have collected data indicating that the tea party is "less popular than much maligned groups like 'atheists' and 'Muslims.'"

    But Campbell says the tea party was really an afterthought in their research.

    "We didn't go into this study to look at the tea party," Campbell said in an interview with The Ticket.

    One of their more surprising findings, Campbell concedes, (and one drawing national attention) is that the tea party drew a lower approval rating than Muslims and atheists. That put the tea party below 23 other entries--including Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Republicans and Democrats--that the professors included on their survey of "a representative sample of 3,000 Americans."

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    I saw another thread about their slipping popularity, but this really puts it in perspective.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Why is this finding surprising? Attendance at Tea Party events has been in sharp decline since the mid-terms. America is waking up to the fact that it's maybe not such a good idea to give ignorant extremists a lot of power.
    I always wondered what would happen if I went to a Tea Party rally dressed up like a Redcoat... I might not have the chance to see much longer.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    When Texans are asked, "did you vote for Ron Paul?" Majority of replies, "nope not me." But he gets elected every time. Strange. We shall see in 2012 if it turns out the same with the TP. And fact is "the lower current attendance numbers" right now is pretty standard. Let's see what happens closer to election time.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    I always wondered what would happen if I went to a Tea Party rally dressed up like a Redcoat... I might not have the chance to see much longer.
    You should try it. Turnabout is fair play. Revealed: Fake Facebook Identity Used By Military Contractors Plotting To Hack Progressive Organizations | ThinkProgress

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Quote Originally Posted by Aderleth View Post
    Huh. I know I hate the tea party, but I had no idea that was a popular belief.
    Why do you hate Americans who express their opinions publically?
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Survey’s surprising finding: tea party less popular than atheists and Muslims

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Why do you hate Americans who express their opinions publically?
    He doesnt, he hates the tea party. Lot's of Americans express their opinions publicly yet he does not hate them per se.

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