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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The Obama administration and congressional Democrats are betting their political futures on the hope that the American electorate is ignorant and forgetful, and hence the memo has gone out to functionaries hither and yon, from David Axelrod to John Kerry: This is to be called the “tea-party downgrade.” That this is said with straight faces bespeaks either an unshakable contempt for the mind of the American voter or an as-yet unplumbed capacity for Democratic self-delusion.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Josef Goebbels is wiping a tear of joy from his eye-”I’m so proud!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

The Reichstag is burning! Quick! Blame that homeless retarded guy!

shawk on August 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

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.

Not surprising at all – just be aware who they are.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

no surprise, these people scream denier, racist, dying demographic, and think a cruise missile hit the Pentagon, some even have Ivy league diplomas.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Froma lives!

thebrokenrattle on August 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

The source to the snakes’ food is being tightened. They are reacting like crocodiles and 2012 will be very dangerous and exciting.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM

29%??

That just about covers Obamageddon’s base.

BacaDog on August 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

national conventions are gonna be real ugly next year.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Rush is right: We’re losing the language.

How many thought that type of unfair vitriol was “Uncivil”?

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

So which bunch did Rasmussen conduct this survey with,the total combined membership of MoveOn.org, or the entire state of Vermont?

pilamaye on August 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Keep this number in mind when you see Obama with 40% approval. He will ALWAYS have 30% as his base.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

TP is being vindicated…

Moody’s: U.S. still needs to find more deficit cuts

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/08/08/idINIndia-58671220110808

jimver on August 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

If the Tea Party is terrorist, what are these people?

forest on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I like Sunny!

UltimateBob on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

national conventions are gonna be real ugly next year.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

RaaAcist…

jimver on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

So when unions, and liberal radicals attack tea partiers, that’s just freedom of speech, liberty, and the American way talking?

capejasmine on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

The fact that this question is even being asked makes me want to dig a hole, jump in, and pull the dirt in after me. Leftist trash throw this crap out there and then it becomes an acceptable talking point?

Bishop on August 8, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Nothing will change this. The only thing these peeps know is what MSNBC and CNN say. They are the only source of information for them. After showing these peeps who the terrorists really are they shove cake in their mouths and show them soft porn until the next news update.

Limerick on August 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

New Gallup has Ron Paul surging ahead of Bachmann nationally into third place!

Wining in Iowa in Rasmussen and winning nationally in Gallup.

Now we’re going to win at Ames this week,

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

If the Tea Party is terrorist, what are these people?

forest on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Yoots.

redzap on August 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

29%??

That just about covers Obamageddon’s base.

BacaDog on August 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Remember 25% think that “the government has its own money”

This is just the size of the Democrat base.

CrazyGene on August 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Trekkie convention much?

Limerick on August 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Keep this number in mind when you see Obama with 40% approval. He will ALWAYS have 30% as his base.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

This.

Oh yes and the Tea Party folks are also racist according to my black, libtard friends over at FaceBook.

Knucklehead on August 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

ALMOST-TANGENTIAL-SIDEBAR:

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).

..aaaaagggghhh! Ed, I am so insanely jealous of your having the time do do all of the analysis and “punditing” that you can do. I sit here at work (shhhhhhh!) green with jealousy, chewing on these numbers. But you do produce sterling results!

Thanks. You absolutely justify my decision to cancel that worthless $34.95-per-month O.C. Register subscription.

The War Planner on August 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Ed,

Can you pass this note to Sunny for me?

Do you like me?

Yes

No

BobMbx on August 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

There always seems to be just enough easily manipulated/stupid/morally bankrupt/mindless followers when history relives its darkest days, when evil is to be revisited upon humanity, where we have no trouble finding around 29% of the people willing to load the trains with “the others”…

Fallon on August 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Obama’s base.

SouthernGent on August 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

What this shows is that civility for the left is they get to call us whatever names they want but damn us for saying one bad word about them.

It also shows that the Media is very much in bed with the democratic party.

I say take the gloves off and hit back hard. We are going to get blamed anyway so just hit them till it hurts.

William Amos on August 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

29%: I’d say that’s awfully close to the percentage of union workers.

http://www.themonkeycage.org/assets_c/2011/02/unionsanddeficits-thumb-475×345-321.png

So I’m not at all surprised by this.

beatcanvas on August 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Rasmussen just confirmed the percentage(29%)of lemmings that will swallow the Obama swill until they voluntarily drown themselves. The Obama speech today was so impotent, it was embarrassing to anyone with at least a double digit IQ.Of course having a double digit IQ is not a prerequisite to being an Obamna supporter. Obama seems determined to making Carter look intelligent.

volsense on August 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Exactly the percentage of kool aid drinking loons. So what.

warriorlawyer on August 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Obama’s base.

SouthernGent on August 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The NSM?

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM

BobMbx on August 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I’ll ask her for you, she’s sitting right here, hold on….
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Sunny said hell no.

Bishop on August 8, 2011 at 5:04 PM

OT but I can’t keep a secret *blush*:
Shhhhhhhhh, don’t tell anybody this….it’s a secret. Nazi Piglosi, Rep. Keith (I am a mooslime) Ellison are in Houston today with Sheila (triple-crown weave) Jackson Lee meeting with the local mooslimes for their ramalamadingdong to do some DNC fundraising. It’s a secret though, don’t tell anybody……

sicoit on August 8, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Sunshine Superman

http://youtu.be/U9zxj4RE0O8

William Amos on August 8, 2011 at 5:04 PM

If reporters these days had any balls they would ask the next Democrat official to push this BS if they have requested that the Justice Department look into the Tea Party’s terrorist activities. If not, ask them why they are willing too look the other way when they see terrorists in their midst.

Seriously.

Fezzik on August 8, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Keep this number in mind when you see Obama with 40% approval. He will ALWAYS have 30% as his base.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 4:53 PM

29% seems high, how was the poll conducted? Think about the people getting polled. They would have had to have been exposed to the meme the TEA party is just like terrorist. I am supposed to believe that the entire Obama base is paying this close attention in the middle of summer, when there is no election or anything going on? These people were polled after the last 2008 Presidential election, they didn’t know who Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi was, that’s right after the election they voted in…no this poll smells. The Kos kids and Move on are always trying to effect polls, they put up post with links and instructions. For example I would like to know could Canadians get to vote in this poll?

Dr Evil on August 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

The left has decided elimination rhetoric is acceptable.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM

So I’m in a room with 10 poeple, and 2.9 of the other adults are idiots?

Yep – sounds about right.

jake-the-goose on August 8, 2011 at 5:07 PM

2012 election results:

Perry/Rubio 61%
Obama/Biden 29%

ardenenoch on August 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Only 29%…?

… Give it a week or so.

The college professors need a little time to work the meme into their lessons, the late night comics are still reading the instructions from the White House, Newsweek and Time have to print up a cover story, 60 Minutes is editing the final story, TV programs have to include the meme in the story line, and we have that Obowma movie in production…

Seven Percent Solution on August 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

29% of adults are mindless tools who feed on Memes and what the Media feeds them.

portlandon on August 8, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Advice to all thinking people: WHO CARES?

winston on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Dr. Evil,
Netroots, the ideological left who have been saying the right would lash out in violence, elites, the vice-president. None of this is surprising, they see tea party and they see evil racist terrorists. They have been open about it the whole time and prior to the debt debate you still would have gotten a number like this.

rob verdi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2011-08-08-poll-gallup-election_n.htm?csp=34news

Ron Paul surges nationally!

Best numbers we’ve had in Iowa and best numbers nationally we’ve seen this year.

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Obama’s base.

SouthernGent on August 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Watching and paying attention to something as boring as raising the debt ceiling limit on what cable news tv calling the TEA party terrorist, where else would they hear it? In the middle of summer? Well maybe, there is no American Idol to watch right now on tv…..but they do have America’s got talent….sorry I am just not buying that 29% of Obama’s base is paying attention. I would buy the 29% number if say it was Organizing for America being polled.

Dr Evil on August 8, 2011 at 5:13 PM

last polling I’ve seen had ~21% of the country are self described liberals. I’m sure you could pick up another 8% or so from Bernie Sanders type “independents”.

clement on August 8, 2011 at 5:14 PM

If the Tea Party is terrorist, what are these people?

forest on August 8, 2011 at 4:55 PM

they call them ‘yobs’ and scum of the earth in England, most of them are on welfare, pretty much since they are 18 all the way to ‘retirement’, then they get a pension paid of course by the British taxpayer….they mostly live in Council Housing (I think you call it public housing here, in the US)…Interesting that they looted everything there was to loot in Tottenham two nights ago, but they made sure nothing happened to the local PO offices, that’s where they pick up their welfare checks… I lived in England for 8 years, these people are out of their holes for looting and vandalizing whenever there is an opportunity, suffice for BBC to scream ‘raaace’ loud enough and they’re out in force…and no surprise there, these yobs are currently being portrayed by BBC as ‘protesters’ and compared the the Arab spring unrest :-)…and you got it, police can’t touch them coz then guess who screams ‘raaaace’, besides their PC castrated police (the regular police force) is useless anyways…the riot squads are effective and well trained though…Labour and Blair gotta congratulate themselves, their immigration policies and multiculturalism is coming back to bite them…and it’s going to get worse…and this is just the beginning, it’s spreading to Birmingham now and other big towns with massive immigrant population…bloody fools, the Brits…or well, their political class actually, much the same like here…

jimver on August 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM

TEA Party or not the economy sucks and so does our executive branch…the TEA Party has nothing to do with either.

I love how the Libs/Dems are OK with bashing “Washington” all of a sudden but are loathe to criticize Dear Leader, and his minions (Pelosi, Frank, Reid, etc.).

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 8, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Red alert!
The Ronulans have crossed the neutral zone!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Thread Hijack Attempt underway.

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Ron Paul surges nationally!
Best numbers we’ve had in Iowa and best numbers nationally we’ve seen this year.
Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Did you burn something down in celebration?

Bishop on August 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Ron Paul’s world view becomes more relavent with every election. Bizarre.

rickyricardo on August 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

What percentage of the US public is employed by Fed, state & local governments. To many of them, anyone threatening their cushy job & job security are worse than terrorists.

29Victor on August 8, 2011 at 5:17 PM

This is not surprising because about 21% of voters self-identify as liberals and at least 8% more are complete total dumb a$$e$.

bw222 on August 8, 2011 at 5:18 PM

From 5 years ago

the University of Ohio yesterday shared with us the crosstabs of a 2006 poll they did with Scripps Howard that’s useful in that regard.

“How likely is it that people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East?” the poll asked.

A full 22.6% of Democrats said it was “very likely.” Another 28.2% called it “somewhat likely.”

That is: More than half of Democrats, according to a neutral survey, said they believed Bush was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 5:18 PM

29% of voters are pedophiles.

Jim Treacher on August 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

29%: I’d say that’s awfully close to the percentage of union workers.

http://www.themonkeycage.org/assets_c/2011/02/unionsanddeficits-thumb-475×345-321.png

So I’m not at all surprised by this.

beatcanvas on August 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Exactly. The Tea Party threatens the status-quo and, therefore, their way of life.

29Victor on August 8, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Well, isn’t about 30% of the country hard-core leftists?

There you go.

RedNewEnglander on August 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

There is a huge disconnect in the mentality of HotAir commenters. They hate Obama AND hate Ron Paul. They hate stock plunges and S&P and debt ceiling increases. But they are slow to criticize the Fed. Weird place. Kinda like someone who’s growing, but not yet realized the truth. Read ZeroHedge to catch up.

This isn’t a left-right thing. It’s a statist-liberty thing. Until you get that, you’re being raped in the interim.

shawk on August 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Spazzi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Read the title and focus.

This thread is about Tea Party people being called “terrorists” by 29% of people who can answer their phone.

Fallon on August 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Red alert!
The Ronulans have crossed the neutral zone!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Heh. Set phasers on Ignore.

29Victor on August 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

50% of people are of below average intelligence. So, yeah, 29% seems about right.

29Victor on August 8, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 5:18 PM

So they will parrot whatever the current progressive talking point happens to be. Perhaps Rasmussen, should take that into account when polling. Exit question: where did you hear or read that the TEA party members are terrorist? It would be interesting to find out if they are actually reading or just responding to something they watched on the boob tube.

Dr Evil on August 8, 2011 at 5:24 PM

you’re being raped in the interim.

shawk on August 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Is that like being kissed on the veranda?

29Victor on August 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Another smart funny talented beautiful Republican woman :)

ldbgcoleman on August 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The problem is that the GOP has the majority of issues most people support, yet it does such a poor job of communicating.

We need to cut waste at every level from funding for Public Broadcasting to million dollar grants for studies of prostitutes in Vietnam and ants in East Africa to entitlements for life-long welfare recipients and illegal aliens. We also need to realize that we can no longer play Santa Claus or policeman to the world.

bw222 on August 8, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Rasmussen is usually pretty sane, but even using “economic terrorists” in a survey question further dilutes the real impact/meaning of the word, reinforcing its place in run-of-the-mill Democrat demagoguery.

KS Rex on August 8, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Red alert!
The Ronulans have crossed the neutral zone!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Kind of like illegal aliens.

bw222 on August 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Come on, Ed…you’re kidding right? You don’t believe that 29% of the Democrap party would view the Tea Partiers as “terrorists”? Really?

I can’t believe it isn’t 40%…

Jaibones on August 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Josef Goebbels is wiping a tear of joy from his eye-”I’m so proud!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Goebbels learned his art from the American Progressives if I recall.

BierManVA on August 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Alinsky’s dehumanization techniques ala Nazi Germany

The radical may resort to the sword but when he does he is not filled with hatred against those individuals whom he attacks. He hates these individuals not as persons but as symbols representing ideas or interest In other words, they’re not people but dehumanized symbols.

If you recall, Obamaa+ taught Alinsky while working for ACORN.

faraway on August 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Spathi on August 8, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Dude…

… How much do you spend on lotion?

Seven Percent Solution on August 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Ron Paul surges nationally!

Spathi

Who?

xblade on August 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

That 29% figure is after relentless demagoguery by pundits, media talking heads, and every democrat and their unthinking supporters.

Gasoline on the fire. In 2010 Obama was going to stomp TEA Partiers into the forgotten pages of history. How’s that working out?

MarkT on August 8, 2011 at 5:36 PM

We see the same 29 to 34% “staunch Obama supporter” in Every poll. That number is the True Leftists, Union Members, and Welfare King and Queens no matter what the question asked.

RADIOONE on August 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Kinda like someone who’s growing, but not yet realized the truth.

You mean kinds like those Ron Paul folks who have plenty of time to scam the caucuses because they don’t have real jobs yet?

rlyle on August 8, 2011 at 5:37 PM

We see the same 29 to 34% “staunch Obama supporter” in Every poll. That number is the True Leftists, Union Members, and Welfare King and Queens no matter what the question asked.

This.

Crawford on August 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Moar Sunny.

Greek Fire on August 8, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I don’t care if the Left thinks the Tea Partiers are terrorists, just so long as they do what we want them to, like they do for real terrorists. Will the Left submit to the Tea Party like they have to Islamism? If so, we can make this work. /sarc

FloatingRock on August 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I have been stating for the past two years, there is a ceiling of about 24-28% of the people who will always think this president is correct, who will always agree with whatever the liberals depict, and anytime you get near that 28% it’s a disaster.
You have 14% blacks, who will believe anything this administration states, anything…then you have the 10% liberal diehards, extremists, that comes up to 24% the bottom of the statistical barrel, it won’t ever get below that. Add another 4% for wacko’s, people who can’t think, just weirdo’s (they think we caused 9/11, didn’t land on the moon, those kind of nuts), and you get to that 28%.
So what I read is 1% of normal people support the dissing of the Tea Party, compared to 71% who don’t, a pretty large difference.

right2bright on August 8, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Sunny’s not bad. Sounds a bit deliberately spacey. A whole lot better than the ‘I Love Kittehs Chick’ from a few months ago.

Jack Deth on August 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

29% of the country is communist. Good news reallt, I’ve Ssumed it was more like 40%.

angryed on August 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

They more they villify us (TEA Party), the stronger we become… Bring NOV 2012 on!!

Khun Joe on August 8, 2011 at 5:54 PM

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

Well, yeah. that’s about 100% of Democrats.

Shambhala on August 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

and almost an even split among black voters, their most loyal constituency (45/42). 

Unexpected.

Count to 10 on August 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Red alert!
The Ronulans have crossed the neutral zone!

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 8, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Launch the alert fighters!

EnochCain on August 8, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Just shows how headlines can be misleading. Almost twice as many disagreed with that premiise.

IMO the poll is saying that 29% of likely voters are DAs who most likely voted for Obama.

katiejane on August 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Oh yes and the Tea Party folks are also racist according to my black, libtard friends over at FaceBook.

Knucklehead on August 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

You should ask them what they think about the new FB group.

JTOA, or the Jewish Tea Party of America.

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Ron Paul surges nationally!

Spathi

Who?

xblade on August 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Haven’t you heard? Ron is spathi’s Great-Grandfather.

Del Dolemonte on August 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM

So Obamabots are down to 29% of the population?

GarandFan on August 8, 2011 at 6:22 PM

With no Vent, Sunny will do in a pinch.

p40tiger on August 8, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Spathi sadly…you’re grandpops is closer to 10 percent but you keep on believen now ya hear.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html

CW on August 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM

That 29 percent is actually kind of a low number, considering that 53 percent bought the Obama deal in ’08, and probably a minimum 48 percent will in ’12, 51 percent of American adults pay no taxes and you can probably say a full subset of that 29 percent includes the 9 million brilliant lights who watched the Jersey Shore premiere. That 29 percent of people you run into every day don’t have a clear grasp of the terms Tea Party and terrorist is the least of our problems.

curved space on August 8, 2011 at 6:32 PM

I never got the Ron Paul hatred on HotAir. Are you guys Bernanke disciples or what? LOL. You guys would lynch Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson in a New York minute, just ’cause the media told you to.

Have you ever studied Austrian Economics? How ’bout Montesquieu? Bastiat? Talk about having a ring in your nose and being led around, geesh. Reagan and Goldwater would weep over you so-called “conservatives.” Stand up for liberty, for God’s sake.

shawk on August 8, 2011 at 6:40 PM

This is actually not bad and quite promising. There’s always going to be the hard left morons who think anything but complete socialism is terrorism. Then there’s the people who have attention spans of gnats and believe whatever the TeeVee tells them.

I’m heartened that there’s 61% that can actually somewhat think on their own. It should make the LSM very worried.

kim roy on August 8, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Ooops. Make that 71%. Math is hard. That makes it even more heartening that the “message” is failing.

kim roy on August 8, 2011 at 6:45 PM

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