Poll: Teapartiers Simmering With Rage Against Minorities
April 10, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A new poll provides the answer to the question on everyone’s lips when the subject of tea party members comes up. Are they racist? Yes they are, according to a survey on race and politics conducted by the University of Washington. The poll shows that people who strongly approve of tea parties are just seething with racial resentment, compared to those who disapprove of tea parties.
The question has been asked amid tea party rallies peppered with racist signs at a time when our nation has its first black president. And the despicable display of racial slurs shouted at black lawmakers by teapartiers, during anti-healthcare reform protests in Washington, as well as one Congressman being spat upon, has raised the racism question anew.
The survey polled residents of the presidential election battleground states of Nevada, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and California.
Among whites who approve of tea parties, 35 percent said they believe blacks to be hardworking, 45 percent said they believe them intelligent and 41 percent said they believe them trustworthy.
Compared to whites who disapprove of the tea parties, 55 percent said they believe blacks to be hardworking, 59 percent said they believe them intelligent and 57 percent said they believe them trustworthy. Similar disparities were found about beliefs in Latinos as well.
Teapartiers views on immigrants fare little better. Fifty-nine percent of whites who approve of tea parties believe immigrants are likely to take jobs from people here, compared to 24 percent of those who disapprove of tea parties. And a whopping 45 percent of whites who approve of teapartiers believe all undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately, compared to only 11 percent of whites who disapprove of tea parties.
And homosexuals are not trusted to adopt children according to tea party members. Only 36 percent of tea party supporters believe gay couples should adopt children, while 87 percent of those who disapprove of tea parties believe gays should adopt.
Christopher Parker, a UW assistant professor of political science who directed the survey, concluded “The tea party is not just about politics and size of government. The data suggests it may also be about race.”
The survey found that those who are racially resentful, who believe the U.S. government has done too much to support blacks, are 36 percent more likely to support the tea party than those who are not.
“Are we in a post-racial society? Our survey indicates a resounding no, “Parker said.