Despite The Misleading Headline, Gallup Confirms That Teabaggers Are Conservatives

Right wing extremist bloggers, as well as Laura Bush’s former press secretary Andrew Malcolm, love to claim that the  right wing extremists who dominate the tea party movement are really mainstream. A misleading title to today’s Gallup poll appears to give them some ammunition. The title erroneously proclaims, “Tea Partiers Are Fairly Mainstream in Their Demographics.”

The first clue that they might not really be all that mainstream comes in the subtitle which notes that they “Skew right politically.” A review of their positions on the issues shows that 87 percent opposed the health care reform bill and 65 percent are “pro-life.” Most are Republicans or hold Republican views even if they don’t currently admit identification with the Republican Party.

Marc Ambinder writes, Tea Partiers Are Conservative. Moving Along…

Pay attention to terminology: it’s true that just half of those Tea Partiers surveyed called themselves Republicans. Yes, the lion’s share of the other half say they’re independent. But they’re not: they’re Republican-oriented conservative voters who are dismayed by the direction of the GOP and who don’t want to identify with the party’s brand. That’s not surprising, given how tarnished that brand is. Only 8% identify as Democratic; 7% identify as liberal; 70% percent identify as conservative; two-thirds are pro-life; nearly 90% were opposed to the health care bill.

Steven Benen looked further at this and another poll which also shows that they are conservatives.

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