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Tea Party Movement, ‘Socialism’ Equally Popular

TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin have unearthed an interesting statistic about the relative popularity of two ideas much in the news these days:

The numbers don’t lie.
The percentage of Americans viewing “The Tea Party movement” favorably: 37 percent. The percentage of Americans with a positive image of “socialism”: 36 percent. (Both sources, Gallup).

The term “Socialism” has apparently lost much of its ‘boogeyman’ stigma, while the tea partyers are not as popular as the right-wing echo chamber says. As Halpin and Teixeira point out, “Although the question wording is not exactly the same, the point is obvious. You can find roughly 4 in 10 Americans who will give a positive rating to just about anything in politics that they know little about.”

One comment on “Tea Party Movement, ‘Socialism’ Equally Popular

  1. Joe Corso on

    Various polls have also shown percentages in the mid 40’s for questions enquiring about encounters — up to and including abductions — by aliens.


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