Tea Party Education Levels
As support for his contention that Tea Party members were even less likely than the average white person to yell "nigger" at a black congressman, one of our anonymous readers suggested earlier this week that Tea Party members "tend to be better educated than average whites."
The latest Quinnipiac poll found the opposite: "The Tea Party movement is mostly made up of people who consider themselves Republicans," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They are less educated but more interested in politics than the average Joe and Jane Six-Pack and are not in a traditional sense swing voters."
I'd be interested in other sources that address the question, if anyone has some. But the most interesting parts of the survey for me were the 15% of self-identified Tea Party supporters who believe that government is not doing enough, the 15% who voted for Obama, and the 4% who trust government to do the right thing most of the time. Talk about cognitive dissonance...
On a related note, the Tea Party movement has been taking some pretty bad hits this week for purportedly fomenting violence and threats, or so they've been tarred in the "lamestream media," as Sarah Palin so lamely coined today. Video of one man at a rally verbally abusing a retired engineering prof suffering from Parkinson's didn't help, although I suppose it's some consolation to Tea Partiers that the guy stated as part of his apologia that he had never before attended any protest (and never would again). The one saving grace the movement had this week was that the Tea Party organizer who stupidly posted a congressman's brother's home address on a discussion board and urged people to "pay a visit" -- leading to the family having their gas line dangerously sabotaged -- was himself black. Although it supported the accusation of fomenting violence, at least it undermined the claims of racism and of the Tea Party movement being universally lily white (the Quinnipiac poll lists the Tea Party respondents as self-identifying 88% white).