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LA Times: Myth-busting polls: Tea Party members are average Americans, 41% are Democrats, independents

by Lisa Mathias

The LA Times features a story on Tea Party members and their makeup, and refers to our Tea Party poll and analysis, along with commentary from The WG’s David Winston:

“It’s a good sample size,” David Winston, polling director of the Winston Group that did the poll for an education advocacy group, told the Ballot Box blog of The Hill newspaper.

The Tea Party adherents broke down 28% independent, 17% Democrat and only 57% Republican. Not coincidentally, this bipartisan breakdown has been the way that Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin has often described movement members as “commonsense Americans” worried and….

…angered by the over-reaching one-party control of Democrats in Washington these last 15 months, rooted initially in opposition to Obama’s $787 billion government economic stimulus package.

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