February 23rd, 2011
05:15 PM ET
Tea Party support correlates to religious affiliation, survey finds
By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
The Tea Party hardly claims to be a religious movement - it mostly advocates for smaller government and lower taxes - but feelings about the movement correlate to affiliation with certain religious groups, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.
White evangelical Protestants are roughly five times more likely to agree with the Tea Party movement than to disagree with it, Pew found. American Jews, meanwhile, are nearly three times as likely to disagree with the movement than agree with it.
Tea Party supporters are "much more likely than registered voters as a whole to say that their religion is the most important factor in determining their opinions on ... social issues" like abortion and same-sex marriage, according to the Pew analysis.
"They draw disproportionate support from the ranks of white evangelical Protestants," the analysis said of the Tea Party.
Tea Party supporters comprised 41% of the electorate in November, previous Pew polling found, with the overwhelming majority backing Republican candidates, contributing to the GOP's House takeover.
The Pew surveys, conducted from November 2010 through this month, found that white evangelicals are the most pro-Tea Party religious demographic in the country. Forty-four percent of white evangelicals agree with the movement, while 8 percent disagree, though roughly half have no opinion or have not heard of the movement.
About one in three white Catholics and a similar share of white mainline Protestants also agree with the Tea Party, Pew found. Among those two groups at least one in five disagrees with the movement. Roughly 45% of white Catholics and mainline Protestants have no opinion about the Tea Party or have not heard of it.
Jews, black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated are the religious demographics least supportive of the Tea Party, Pew found. About half of Jews say they disagree with the Tea Party movement, while 15% agree with it.
Among black Protestants, those who disagree with the Tea Party outnumber those who agree with it by more than five to one, though 56% say they have no opinion or have not heard of the movement.
About two-thirds of atheists and agnostics disagree with the movement, Pew found.
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Dumb people adopt two dumb ideas that are marketed intensely at them. How unexpected.
So we are to believe that only religious people, (5 times more likley) to be against higher taxes and waist spending? maybe you are 5 times more likely to buy into this, not me.
Drunk again, CRC1? Type nice and slow, read what you're typed back to yourself and edit it so it makes sense. If a word is underlined with a squiggly red line that means you spelled it– hey, wake up- wake up– spelled it- never mind.
NO The tea party is religious? Next you're going to tell me that they think Obama is a Kenyan born Muslim.
How many of you know that the Tea Party movement began with Ron Paul in 2007? It's a shame that the evangelical, Palin-lovers highjacked the movement and turned it stupid. Ron Paul believes that the US shouldn't be policing the world. You'll be hard-pressed to find a current tea-party member who isn't anxious to run off to war to spread our democratic beliefs. His own son is riding the fence between the two movements. Such a shame.
That is awful. In a nut-shell, the majority of Tea Party "members" are religious. The loony left with it's forty years of indoctrination in this nation has a large number (not majority) believing this is bad???? The upside down reality created by the left has been destroying this country's culture for way too long. Bring on the Tea Party!!
Christianity is a perverted religion of hate and all the pastors appear to be child molesters.
Shocking!!–Next thing they will tell us is that the TeaParty is made up of fat, paranoid, gun hoarding whiners. C'mon–be honest you know I got at least 3 out of 4.
Geesh, kind of sounds like the founding fathers.
Oh, no. Not another "our forefathers were all Christians" remark.
"Here's your sign."
So greenie the founding fathers were hindus and muslims? There is your sign.
Quite a few of our 'founding fathers' were actually athiests.
Thank you, LC. Apparently, Scranton doesn't consider the possiblity that some of our founding fathers said, "To heck with religion," and dwelt in the realm of reality.
Loving your neighbor unconditionally isn't the same as taking wealth from the neighbors you like less and giving it to the neighbors you like more, and that certainly won't get you into heaven, or heaven is going to be filled with Swedes. And it's obvious you don't know any Tea Party members.
This is certainly not surprising. "No, my decision to agree with the Tea Party platform has absolutely nothing to do with my religious affiliation at all" (said while driving on the way to church). People are so afraid to admit that their faith shapes their core belief system and hence, their political views. If this is something you are ashamed to admit, then that should raise a red flag with people that there is a problem somewhere.
:::yawn::: CNN making out the tea party and religious folks to be nuts.. what did we expect?
Everything in this article I assumed 2 years ago. Bout time we get some backup in sanity-ville.
Obama has religious ties. He worked for Developing Communities Project, a church-based community organization. But that is never a headline on CNN, is it?
The headline is usually: "Obama is a Muslim."
I must be a minority, too. I'm an athiest who attended a Tea Party meeting and agreed with what they had to say about big government. They were anti-Democrat AND anti-Republican. They did not carry hateful signs. As a matter of fact, most of their signs were rather funny. (Grow your own dope. Plant a politician.) They were not filled with hate. They were moved by the desire to reduce government intrusion into our live, and to curb spending. Those of you who rely on the media to tell you what to think should be absolutely mortified that this group is consistently mis-represented. It sure did surprise me...and it's made me realize that the media are dangerous liars. Wake up, people! They are mis-reporting what this group does and says. Some day they'll mis-represent what you do and say, too.
You should watch Fox News, it suits you
I've also been to two Tea Party rallies – and the hateful signs and hateful rhetoric were out in force. It is EXACTLY what the media is portraying – mostly white baby-boomers who want theirs, but screw everyone else.
The best irony are the signs that say "take government out of my medicare."
Really? What exactly do these Tea Party nitwits think Medicare is?
Did you say you were there? What, was your head under a rock. What do you call all those tea party idiots spitting at the black congressman walking into the capitol?
I've perused a couple of local tea party rallies, and these results seem to jive with my observations. The rallies took place near the grounds of local evangelical churches, the attendees were almost all white, most appeared to be well over 50, and some of the signs held by attendees (anti-gay marriage at a rally that was supposed to be supporting tax cuts) seemed to indicate that their belief in limited government did not extend to the bedroom.
Uh.... ya think?
Oh, big surprise there.
Tom, loving your neighbor unconditionally isn't the same as taking wealth from the neighbors you like less and giving it to the neighbors you like more, and that certainly won't get you into heaven, or heaven is going to be filled with Swedes. And it's obvious you don't know any Tea Party members.
For people who are so RELIGIOUS they sure are filled with HATE.
Check out the signs the Madison crowd were carrying. I think all political parties get carried away.
In Wisconsin, wasn't it 9 teachers that got arrested and no tea party members. I have the hate score at liberals 9 tea party 0
there's a big difference between signs and guns. tea baggers just need to stop trying to pretend there are any similarities between their ilk and those teachers protesting in wisconsin.