Rasmussen: 29% agree with “Tea Party terrorists” depiction

posted at 4:45 pm on August 8, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

A majority of voters reject the depiction of Tea Party activists as “terrorists,” a new Rasmussen poll shows … but not a terribly large majority, given the ridiculously demagogic attack it represents.  Fifty-five percent say that the Tea Party didn’t act like “economic terrorists” during the negotiations over the debt ceiling and deficit spending, while 29% — more than one in four voters — see equivalency between the Tea Party’s use of representative government and, say, al-Qaeda:

Democrats and their media friends have charged the Tea Party with being economic terrorists during the congressional budget debates, but most voters don’t see it that way.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Likely U.S. Voters, in fact, say members of the Tea Party are not economic terrorists. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% believe Tea Party members have been terrorists during the budget debates, while another 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Perhaps tellingly, while 53% of Democrats view Tea Party members as terrorists, 57% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree, as do 74% of Republicans.

Interestingly, despite the 29% who claim that the Tea Party is a terrorist organization, only 43% think that they made the situation worse in the negotiations.  That mostly comes from Democrats (7/73), while Republicans are supportive of their role (53/17).  Independents are split evenly at 37%, with 14% saying no impact and 12% unsure.  That doesn’t indicate too much danger for the GOP sticking to Tea Party principles in the fight over spending and debt.

On the sales pitch for the Tea Party as a form of economic terrorism, Democrats seem to be ringing up mainly a No Sale.  They get a majority among self-described liberals, but not a terribly impressive one (55/31) and almost an even split among black voters, their most loyal constituency (45/42).  Independents reject it in almost the same ratio as the general sample, 21/57, as do self-described moderates, 29/50).  The negative gets a majority response in every age demographic, and majorities or pluralities in every income demographic, even the <$20K category (31/45).

The fact that they can even get 29% to agree that pursuing policy changes through representative government is akin to “terrorism” is depressing, but it has a silver lining.  It looks like Democrats and self-professed liberals are marginalizing themselves fast in this media meme du jour.

On that note, here’s a video from a friend of mine in the Twin Cities area.  Sunny’s production needs a little tweaking, but she captures the disconnect between this meme and reality, and the impossible nature of the sales pitch:

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Ron Paul’s ascent in the polls really is quite startling. At the rate his numbers are improving from election to election, he should be able to win in 2032. He’ll be 97 years old, but really, really experienced.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2011 at 6:48 PM


OBAMA STASH Voters perhaps?


PappyD61 on August 8, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Ron Paul surges nationally!


That Drag Queen show of his/hers/it must be taking off…

Wolftech on August 8, 2011 at 7:02 PM



xblade on August 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

For fun, check out the meaning of the word “Spathi”:

Count to 10 on August 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM

My name is Wolftech, and I am a Teahadist….

Wolftech on August 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

29% are liberal fascists. Seems about right.

Basilsbest on August 8, 2011 at 7:30 PM

That Drag Queen show of his/hers/it must be taking off…

Wolftech on August 8, 2011 at 7:02 PM

You’re mistaking RP for your father.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 8, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Meh, eventually a lot of the ignorants out there will wise up.

We have to do the right thing, no matter what our detractors say.

disa on August 8, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Somewhere today I read a person’s remark that Obama admitted he is ineffectual in dealing with that all powerful group……….The TEA PARTY!

Herb on August 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM

She was cute. Reminds me of a female Crowder.

auspatriotman on August 9, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I heard somebody say this is the same percentage that believe Elvis is still alive and giving nightly performances for JFK and Hitler in a special suite at Bethesda.

Extrafishy on August 9, 2011 at 5:51 AM