Tea Party supporters: down-and-out Americans raising confederate flags from the roll-down windows of their mobile homes, right? Not exactly. A New New York Times/CBS poll found that, in fact, Tea Partiers are richer and more educated than the average American. The poll shows that the average Tea Party supporter is “Republican, white, male, married and older than 45.” So what exactly sets a Tea Partier apart from an ordinary Republican backer? The Tea Partier is more likely to describe Barack Obama as “very liberal,” more likely to say he is “angry” with Washington, and more likely to think that the government is making too much of the issues facing African Americans. Six out of ten believe that “America’s best years are behind us.”
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