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Nov. 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.