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Tea Party Republicans: What the Polls Say

By Neal Caren

In order to understand the potential influence of the Tea Party Movement on the Republican Party, it is useful to locate its supporters within the Republican Party and the overall spectrum of American politics. One useful and underutilized tool for doing this is the data from a weekly poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for DailyKos/SEIU. They have been collecting data since the beginning of 2011, and place the raw data on the web when they report their results, which is usually every Wednesday. In addition to the normal questions found on campaign polls, the survey has asked whether the respondent was a member of the Tea Party (from January to October) or whether the respondent was a supporter of the Tea Party (from October to the present). From this polling data, we can make a couple of inferences on the type of impact that the Tea Party is likely to have on the Republican primaries this year. Continue reading


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The Tea Party and American Politics: Origins, Outcomes, and Perverse Effects

By David Meyer

Protest movements sometimes have perverse effects, hastening outcomes they don’t want.  The contest for the Republican presidential nomination has to be scored as a disappointment for the broad Tea Party movement, and perhaps a sign of its dissolution.

Social movements capture the imagination of participants and audiences, engaging and enlarging our sense of the possible.  But, particularly in liberal systems, movements that succeed in reaching mainstream public discourse are ultimately consumed by it. Continue reading

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