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Who or what is the Tea Party movement? Survey offers some answers

November 9, 2011 – 9:17 AM


Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2011 — 9:17 AM

They’re called patriots, extremists, conservatives, libertarians.  So who really makes up the Tea Party?  Vanderbilt sociologist Steven Tepper surveyed some two thousand people and found four major traits that make up a Tea Party supporter: authoritarian, libertarian, fear of change and strong anti-immigrant sentiment. He also found that one of the strongest influences in the creation of the Tea Party is an overall disdain for President Obama.

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