A new poll shows that half of those who consider themselves part of the tea party movement also identify as part of the religious right, reflecting the complex – and sometimes contradictory – blend of bedfellows in the American conservative movement.
Hmmm. That particular blend of bedfellows looks just like the traditional Republican base, to me. How are they new and different, again?
The poll released Tuesday, by the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, comes as the tea party’s composition and potential impact is still under hot debate.
Only among those who have some interest in continuing to pretend the Tea Party is different than the Republican base, but maybe we need still more polling. These polls keep coming back “Republican”.
Institute chief executive Robert Jones said the poll, which was funded by the Ford Foundation, aimed to clarify the relationship between the two groups.
“The way the data looks, if this is a marriage of convenience, it’s one that would be against the law. The relatives are too close,” said Jones, a self-described progressive.