BLITZER’S BLOG: The tea party movement: Who are they?
September 15th, 2011
05:10 PM ET
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BLITZER’S BLOG: The tea party movement: Who are they?

(CNN) - Our brand new CNN/ORC International poll of Republicans across the country has some fascinating numbers on tea party activists. Some of these numbers probably will surprise you.

For one thing, Republicans are almost evenly divided between those who identify with the tea party movement and those who don’t. We asked Republicans: “Are you an active member or a supporter of the tea party movement?”


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  1. jane

    Radical Racist Party

    September 15, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    blitzer, I know you have been mesmerized by the AK idiot, but the teabaggers are not a grasroots group. They are financed by the koch brothers and armey and their god is limbaugh.
    Unfortunately it's obvious that there are a LOT of stupid Americnas who follow anything that moves or with half brains (theirs). A lot of these teapublikans are seniors who need social security and medicare but they are too dumb and full of hate wearing those kkk blinders to see past it!

    September 15, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Tea Party Downgrade

    U tell me CNN. You guys are so far in bed with them.

    September 15, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    50% is a huge number based on how the question was phrased. Active member or supporter? How about, " ...agree with their thoughts on the role of federal government?" It would be even higher. The movement is the message and both are strong, clear and simple. The federal government has appropriate limits and the current government exceeds them. It costs too much to run and is too wasteful with what it collects.

    Certainly there are people with these thoughts that have a variety of ideas about what is appropriate and how much is too much. But as a start, I bet most would be satisfied with a government that is sustainable with an overall tax rate somewhere between 5 and 10% of earnings and debt that is in control. There are those in the movement on both sides of that range, but this is reasonable and not at all crazy to expect. The problem is, our current trend of government is on a quick and opposite direction from anything reasonable. The course is headed for disaster.

    September 15, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. DTD in New Mexico

    That's and easy answer:

    September 15, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. Whatever next?

    Wolf, please quit playing with matches and get back to some real journalism so I can respect you again.

    These people are idiots. the republican plan ruined America's economy and now they're back in congress and doing it again.
    I doubt the rest of the world is going to be as forgiving a second time around, especially without Obama in office to charm them.
    If republicans take back the white house, America's standing as a global leader is finished.

    September 15, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The Tea Party is a conspiracy in disguise. The movement "began" in Aug 2008 betwenn the DNC and RNC conventions. It was a response to Barack Obama's promise to end the Bush Tax Cuts. I recall that the original founder of the movement had an office at RNC headquarters right next door to the chief publicist of the RNC. It was an effort to counter the grass roots movement started by Obama. The original populist message was simple, "Taxed Enough Already". The first dip outside of taxes and into ideology began with "Drill, baby, Drill."

    The movement has been cleverly evolved since the 2008 elections. It called health care reform a tax, and people rallied. They have since taken up abortion, unions, islamophobia, wars, and everything under the polictical spectrum. The size of the crowds at outdoor rallies has dramatically decreased to near extinction. But, somehow the movement "seems" bigger and well funded than ever. It is no longer grass roots. It has moved into well funded special interests. The Tea Party is gone, and has been replaced by plutocrats.

    September 15, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Card carrying members of the Bircher Society "born again" under a different name.

    September 15, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. vet in texas

    "They are what we thought they were" – Coach Denny Green

    September 15, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. diridi

    Let me tell you who they are, they are old uneducated ones that live in far, far, flung villages, never saw outside world, nor Airports, never heard, how India and china are progressing, they are racist, jealous, skin color feeling idiots....o.k, they are them....that's it. Nation needs to move forwards, focusing on Energy Independence, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Infrastructure, these idiots are like Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rowe, Glenn Beck...etc, ., etc,

    September 15, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    one of the things I question about the members of the Tea Party is when it is said that a majority of them are EDUCATED! Perhaps they mean high school dploma because most people that are formally educated do not think the way these people do. Plus TP members tend to look down on college educated people, calle them names like "uppity" and "elitists" (sic) and most eucated people I know of are not as closed minded and tend to develop opinions on facts and not just what somebody tells them. Of course it's easy to lie and say you have a college degree, but from the way these people act and perform I would say high school is about as far as they went, and they did NOT graduate anywhere near the top of the class.

    September 15, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Tea Party is nothing but a Political Action Committee headed and funded by the Koch brothers and other billionaires interested in gaining a strong foothold within our government in order to dictate policies and legislation benefitting them, their corporations and holdings and their international interests. In the process of so doing they are willing to destroy America's middle class.
    The only thing standing between them and their goal is President Obama.
    Do you get it now?
    Obama 2012

    September 15, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. AlaskaPalin

    That's why I love democracy. Those who are insulted can use their votes as a weapon against the arrogant. The teaparty will help republicans win the senate and the white house. Notice: 'the teaparty will help republican'- that's because they are not part of the republican party but regular americans who are being insulted by those on the left. The power is in their vote. They are very discipline voters, unlike all the democrats talking heads, and will come out in their droves in 2012 to get rid of obama. So those who feel that they have evolved to a higher level than t/partiers, democracy and the power of the vote is the equalizer. What will you do when these folks win?

    September 15, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    one question I would like to ask the Tea Party is "Where the hell were they before Obama took office in 2009"?? Had they been going across the country in busses when GW Bush was POTUS and the Republicans were turning a surplus into the deficit we are stuck with, perhaps things would have been different. Heck Obama may not have even WON had the Tea Party started their rampage against Bush. And I bet if they had then the movement would look more like America...and I mean diverse. This is why some think there is too much racism in the movement.....they waited until we had a non white POTUS and a Democrat to come out full force with this movement. I guess though under Bush the Koch Brothers would not have funded this "grassroots" effort. I mean didn't Cheney himself once say "deficits don't matter"?

    September 15, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    @ Rudy NYC: spot on.

    September 15, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. chrisg510

    think mixing religion and politics is a recipe for disaster...especially if the religious right nutjobs with strong fundamentalist convictions get into the mix. Then you get politicians pushing policies based on radical religious views onto everyone else. VERY Bad for America

    September 15, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. a little sad

    Who are the tea party?
    The best friends Osama Bin Laden ever had.
    If they had their way he will have succeeded in tearing the economy of the US down

    September 15, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. david reyes

    We are people, yes im over fifty, yes im a male and yes i think goverment is too big as for tax i think every one should pay something and no comapny should get a break over another company they should all pay the same its time to change the tax system from income tax to national sales tax with no exemptions for anyone .

    September 15, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |