January 19th, 2011 By | News | Posted In: President Obama, Republicans, Democrats, Tea Party

Socialism More Popular Than Tea Party


Here's a bit of news that should spoil the day for Sarah Palin, Mike Wilson, Dusty Rhodes and their ilk: A comparison of two polls suggests  that socialism is more popular among Americans than the Tea Party movement.

A new, wide-ranging Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 35 percent of respondents had a favorable view of the Tea Party, compared to 36 percent that likes socialism in an earlier Gallup poll. Fifty-two percent of Americans now hold unfavorable views of the Tea Party, which is an all-time high.

Maybe the results aren't all that surprising. As the liberal Firedoglake blog put it, “Only 35 percent of Americans like the Teabaggers, about the same number that like Saudi Arabia. Kinda figures. Both love to drill for oil, hate gays, and believe in theocracy.”

Other findings included that 54 percent approve of how President Obama is handling his job, compared to 43 percent who disapprove. Also, 52 percent favor stricter gun-control laws, and 31 percent want an outright ban on the sale of all handguns, except to law enforcement officers — numbers that have stayed fairly consistent in recent years.

Given the NRA's lobbying power and heavy contributions to congressional campaigns, however, any toughening of gun laws seems unlikely. Whatever happened to listening to the will of the majority, Mr. Boehner?

The telephone poll was conducted Jan. 13-16 with a random national sample of 1,053 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular telephones. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

By the way, John Boehner (R-West Chester) also was included in the survey. The Orange One had a 39 percent approval rating, with 27 percent disapproving of him and 33 percent expressing no opinion. Two years ago, Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) — his predecessor as House Speaker — had higher approval ratings.

Someone pass the man a hanky.

01.20.2011 at 08:35 Reply
OK, as much as I'd like to believe this story, the WashPo/ABC poll didn't mention Socialism, much less compare it to the Tea Party. So the premise is wrong, not by a little. Did you guys just repost something from Kos and take the spin on faith? There was plenty of interesting ACTUAL news in the poll, based on data. But this is made up, not real (if you're comparing numbers from other polls at different times, it's apples/oranges - I'm sure there's a Rassmussen poll in the past 30 days shows the opposite result for the Tea Party). C'mon do a little fact checking. Where on the poll results is socialism even mentioned? You don't do your publication or positions justice by repeating made up stories from blogs grinding axes. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_01172011.html?sid=ST2011011702561


01.20.2011 at 09:30 Reply
Daved, you're correct in that the socialism portion mentioned by Firedoglake mentions another poll, so it is comparing numbers from two polls. Regardless, I feel like we DID get the "interesting ACTUAL news" from the WaPo poll, i.e., Obama's numbers. Also, it's interesting you mention Rassmussen polling firm for supporting the Tea Party. Rassmussen isn't a legitimate polling firm, in my opinion, as numerous problems have been shown about its methodology and wording.