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Rasmussen: 29% agree with “Tea Party terrorists” depiction (America has too many idiots)
Hotair ^ | 08/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/08/2011 2:23:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A majority of voters reject the depiction of Tea Party activists as “terrorists,” a new Rasmussen poll shows … but not a terribly large majority, given the ridiculously demagogic attack it represents. Fifty-five percent say that the Tea Party didn’t act like “economic terrorists” during the negotiations over the debt ceiling and deficit spending, while 29% — more than one in four voters — see equivalency between the Tea Party’s use of representative government and, say, al-Qaeda:

Democrats and their media friends have charged the Tea Party with being economic terrorists during the congressional budget debates, but most voters don’t see it that way.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Likely U.S. Voters, in fact, say members of the Tea Party are not economic terrorists. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% believe Tea Party members have been terrorists during the budget debates, while another 16% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Perhaps tellingly, while 53% of Democrats view Tea Party members as terrorists, 57% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree, as do 74% of Republicans.

Interestingly, despite the 29% who claim that the Tea Party is a terrorist organization, only 43% think that they made the situation worse in the negotiations. That mostly comes from Democrats (7/73), while Republicans are supportive of their role (53/17). Independents are split evenly at 37%, with 14% saying no impact and 12% unsure. That doesn’t indicate too much danger for the GOP sticking to Tea Party principles in the fight over spending and debt.

On the sales pitch for the Tea Party as a form of economic terrorism, Democrats seem to be ringing up mainly a No Sale. They get a majority among self-described liberals, but not a terribly impressive one (55/31) and almost an even split among black voters, their most loyal constituency (45/42). Independents reject it in almost the same ratio as the general sample, 21/57, as do self-described moderates, 29/50). The negative gets a majority response in every age demographic, and majorities or pluralities in every income demographic, even the <$20K category (31/45).

The fact that they can even get 29% to agree that pursuing policy changes through representative government is akin to “terrorism” is depressing, but it has a silver lining. It looks like Democrats and self-professed liberals are marginalizing themselves fast in this media meme du jour.

On that note, here’s a video from a friend of mine in the Twin Cities area. Sunny’s production needs a little tweaking, but she captures the disconnect between this meme and reality, and the impossible nature of the sales pitch:

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO



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1 posted on 08/08/2011 2:23:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How long before one of the DUrtbags decides to shoot a ‘terrorist’ or ‘hostage taker’?


2 posted on 08/08/2011 2:25:54 PM PDT by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmm...must be the non taxpaying, Obummer voting idiots.


3 posted on 08/08/2011 2:26:20 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

not surprised... disappointed as usual but not surprised.


4 posted on 08/08/2011 2:28:13 PM PDT by Skeez (O)
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To: SeekAndFind
29% believe Tea Party members have been terrorists

They are called Democrats!!!

5 posted on 08/08/2011 2:29:23 PM PDT by ontap
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To: SeekAndFind

Backlash is coming. Called it yesterday and already people said BS.

Dems are in deep doo doo this time.


6 posted on 08/08/2011 2:31:10 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

7 posted on 08/08/2011 2:32:12 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SeekAndFind

Thus the last election for President on both sides.


8 posted on 08/08/2011 2:33:24 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: SeekAndFind
Headline: 71% of American do not believe the Tea Party is terrorist

29% buy the pathetic democrat lie...mainly because that many view the Tea Party as a threat to their ideological, marxist agenda.

TEA PARTY TIME IN AMERICA

9 posted on 08/08/2011 2:33:53 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, this is an improvement. The dupes used to be 43% when Clinton was pres.

Where are the republicans to respond? They ought to be grinding zero’s face into it day after day. Except for Bachman I don’t hear much.


10 posted on 08/08/2011 2:36:38 PM PDT by Phillipian (Post Tenebras Lux)
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To: Jeff Head

For goodness sakes, thank you!


11 posted on 08/08/2011 2:36:48 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Snickering Hound


They know
12 posted on 08/08/2011 2:37:53 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Union members and federal, state, and local employees aka PARASITES.
13 posted on 08/08/2011 2:38:21 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: SeekAndFind

....that 29% doesn’t call al-Queda or Hamas “terrorists”.

What happened to all the calls for civility?


14 posted on 08/08/2011 2:39:27 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL. It is also true that 29% of spoiled children whose credit cards are taken away by their parents, agree with “Cheap Parents are Terrorists” depiction.


15 posted on 08/08/2011 2:39:58 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SeekAndFind

7 to 1...I’ll take those odds in CWII.


16 posted on 08/08/2011 2:42:12 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPyd0dnzYOI&feature=related


17 posted on 08/08/2011 2:43:00 PM PDT by bilhosty (Don' t tax people tax newsprint)
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't 29% about the floor for Obummer? This number seems right. I can't imagine anyone Marxist enough to vote for this loser again to agree with the Tea Party.

They are just looking to get some of that Obama money stash after all.

18 posted on 08/08/2011 2:43:07 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SeekAndFind
VS
19 posted on 08/08/2011 2:43:08 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought Harry Reid said the Tea Party is dying off and won’t be an issue in 2012 elections, but all of a sudden we are super powerful terrorists??????


20 posted on 08/08/2011 2:43:32 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: SeekAndFind

No amount of blogging their progressive communistic DNC lies can change the fact that they are the minority. I watched the comments on Obama’s FB page this morning.

Interesting...before he talked there were ignorant comments galore on both Bushes committing treason for their wars (HELLO Obama is engaged in more wars and funds terrorists outright) Using derogatory tea bagger language. I really think it was WH DUmmies operatives as when Obama was talking and after wards ALL of the comments were negative of Obama and his loser lying speech. So Obama’s operatives were too busy biting thir nals like rahm to comment.

29% is too high I would say 23% is more accurate.They are the minority.


21 posted on 08/08/2011 2:43:46 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (S&P wasn't worried about us not lifting the debt ceiling - they are worried about the spending)
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Sen. Harry Reid: ‘The Tea Party Will Disappear as Soon as Economy Gets Better’
VIDEO http://www.mediaite.com/tv/sen-harry-reid-the-tea-party-will-disappear-as-soon-as-economy-gets-better/

by Frances Martel | 1:15 pm, January 8th, 2011
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid– who almost lost his job in a tight race against Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle– seems much more confident in the challenge the Democrats face from that faction now than ever before. In a preview for an exclusive interview with Meet the Press’s David Gregory airing tomorrow, Reid contends that the Tea Party will be a thing of the past as soon as his Congress can fix the economy– a goal not so far off the horizon.

Asked about the challenged from Angle and, more extensively, whether the Tea Party was a “lasting force in American politics,” Reid replied with little hesitation that the economy created the Tea Party, and the economy has the power to destroy it. With confidence in the work the government is doing to repair the damage in the economic sector, Reid believes it will take little to take down the movement:

“The Tea Party was born because of the economy. The economy is probably the worst it’s ever been except for maybe the Great Depression. The Tea Party will disappear as soon as the economy gets better– and the economy is getting better all the time.”
A bold prediction, and one that the Tea Party will either take as a shot to their legitimacy or mere wishful thinking, both on the “better economy” front and on the short half-life of the Tea Party. Giving his fellow Democrats in Congress a light at the end of the tunnel however, especially after the November midterm elections, is likely a smart move for morale as Majority Leader.


22 posted on 08/08/2011 2:45:42 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Half of them, 14%, are on food stamps...


23 posted on 08/08/2011 2:46:06 PM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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24 posted on 08/08/2011 2:47:26 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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Well, 21% identify themselves as liberals so they would be included. Add a few percent from clueless indies and that number is not difficult to explain.

The news is that a huge majority ain't buying this.

25 posted on 08/08/2011 2:50:28 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: SeekAndFind

13% of the 29% are black fools and tools.


26 posted on 08/08/2011 2:54:30 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama inherited a mild recession from George W. Bush and turned it into a major depression.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t that about the same as the percentage of those who self-identify as liberals? In that case, no surprise!


27 posted on 08/08/2011 2:55:33 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind
America has too many idiots government leaches.
28 posted on 08/08/2011 2:57:45 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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“I thought Harry Reid said the Tea Party is dying off and won’t be an issue in 2012 elections, but all of a sudden we are super powerful terrorists??????”

World history begins when a liberal awakes in the morning. Anything said yesterday didn’t happen. Truth is what they say today. We have always been at war with EastAsia.

Welcome to 1984.


29 posted on 08/08/2011 2:59:13 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

29% of a glorious nation infected with a malevolent, cancerous rot.


30 posted on 08/08/2011 3:11:45 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree there are at least 29% hopeless idiots in the US.


31 posted on 08/08/2011 3:16:32 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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Rasmussen: 29% agree with “Tea Party terrorists” depiction (America has too many idiots)

Let's see, 100 take away 29 leaves 71. Then that must mean that:
Rasmussen: 71% agree with “Tea Party”

32 posted on 08/08/2011 3:17:44 PM PDT by Ron H. (Obama loves America in the very same way O.J. loved Nicole)
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To: SeekAndFind

What with the entire Corporate Media and the Republicrat/Dumobcan Party Establishment bad mouthing the Tea Party 24/7 I’m surprised the number is that low.


33 posted on 08/08/2011 3:21:40 PM PDT by Roninf5-1
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Not all of the non-taxpayers agree because 48% pay no taxes. I would say the 29% are composed of the liberal elite, a bunch of useful idiots, and the majority of the welfare dead-enders.


34 posted on 08/08/2011 3:36:35 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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OK. Before they asked the question, they should have asked the respondents whether they support spending more than we have and increasing that amount exponentially. Probably 90% would say: “NO! That’s STUPID!” Then they could say the Tea Party opposes going further into debt. Do you agree? Again, you’d probably get 90% agreeing. But the trained seals who think the Tea Party are “terrorists” are just mindlessly aping what they’ve been spoon fed by the media.


35 posted on 08/08/2011 3:36:47 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Tea Party patriots are to Obama as the Jews were to Hitler.


36 posted on 08/08/2011 3:39:14 PM PDT by kevao
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

That was my thought too.


37 posted on 08/08/2011 3:39:47 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re moved by emotion, and too drugged to handle their emotions... they’d believe mostly anything. Others are simply idiots, indeed. Also, there’s a number of people that makes chaos and destruction their way of life. That said, it’s Rasmussen; i’d expect the real stats to be way lower.


38 posted on 08/08/2011 3:44:11 PM PDT by Moose Burger
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I'm sure they are terrorized by Tea Party patriots - they are the end of the ideology that breeds these parasites (the 29%). The Tea Party is, to these parasites, as an Orkin exterminator is to roaches - sheer terror!
39 posted on 08/08/2011 3:46:02 PM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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How has the "home of the brave" become a bastion of sniveling coward who are afraid they might be called a name by the MSM and the left.

I learned as early as kindergarten to ignore those kinds of punks and they would eventually shut up.

But no...now everytime the "progressives" utter a "discouraging word", the right flys into "comeback mode" and it's oneupmanship city for at least a weeklong news cycle.

When asked to respond by the MSM, the conservatives should just chuckle and say to the newsperson, "You've been hanging out with the children again, I see....", and just turn and walk away.

The level of frustration from the media and the left would rise to the moon when they can't muster a response.

But let one idiot on the left say something and for a week FOX news is soliciting "responses" from everyone.

Media: "Sir, the left has called the TEA party 'terrorists', what do you think of that?"

Response: "And, you bought into that?...really....has anyone got a serious question?"

When you go to buy a car, you can frustrate the salesman by not asking any questions...your questions are your "tells", he finds your hot button. That is exactly what the left is doing, they gauge our weak spots by the accusations and name calling's responses.

What's next from the left, "do-do head"?
40 posted on 08/08/2011 3:47:26 PM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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41 posted on 08/08/2011 3:52:41 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . . . . . . . . Fat & Furious - Burger & Fries Queen*s 1700+ calorie lunches . . . . .)
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To: ontap

Approximately 1/3 of the population are liberals so it does not surprise me at all.


42 posted on 08/08/2011 3:55:24 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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43 posted on 08/08/2011 3:59:39 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Dems are in deep doo doo this time.

Absolutely they are. And they are showing themselves to be un-hinged and incapable of dealing with the gravity of the situation. It. Is. Over. One way or another.

44 posted on 08/08/2011 4:07:16 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: kevao
"The Tea Party patriots are to Obama as the Jews were to Hitler."

Jews (das Weltjudentum) were made the scapegoat for Germany's economic problems following World War I. He called them a plague and a cancer in his book Mein Kampf (published in 1926) and called for their extermination. The way the Left is acting today, we may have some similar irrational behavior to follow their irrational thinking concerning the true cause of the economic disaster we are witnessing.

45 posted on 08/08/2011 4:16:48 PM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: SandRat

LOL! Bookmarked


46 posted on 08/08/2011 4:18:59 PM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Yosemitest

Great day! Clinton looks like his own grandpa in that pic!


47 posted on 08/08/2011 4:26:33 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: SeekAndFind

I vehemently object to the idea of this poll in the first place. Why is this poll even being pursued by anyone?


48 posted on 08/08/2011 4:28:30 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: SeekAndFind

29% are die hard socialist as well...so imagine that.


49 posted on 08/08/2011 4:29:13 PM PDT by hattend (And ... as always...FUJM)
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To: SeekAndFind

After being beat over the head with those words by the libtard media machine all weekend, I’m really not surprised. Besides, pollsters always ask more D’s than R’s.


50 posted on 08/08/2011 4:46:02 PM PDT by LUV W (It's the Obama Downgrade!)
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