I told you it was an anti-establishment movement

Byline: | Category: Culture, Government, Taxes & Spending | Posted at: Monday, 20 April 2009


Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans have a favorable view of the “tea parties” held nationwide last week . . . Thirty-three percent (33%) hold an unfavorable opinion.

. . . While half the nation has a favorable opinion of last Wednesday’s events, the nation’s Political Class has a much dimmer view—just 13% of the political elite offered even a somewhat favorable assessment while 81% said the opposite. Among the Political Class, not a single survey respondent said they had a Very Favorable opinion of the events while 60% shared a Very Unfavorable assessment.

Most Americans trust the judgment of the public more than political leaders, view the federal government as a special interest group and believe that big business and big government work together against the interests of investors and consumers. Only seven percent (7%) share the opposite view and can be considered part of the Political Class.

On many issues, there is a bigger gap between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans than between Mainstream Republicans and Mainstream Democrats. That was true on the tea parties, but Mainstream Republicans do express a more positive view of the protests than Mainstream Democrats. Still, a majority (54%) of Mainstream Democrats had a favorable opinion of the tea parties.

It’s also not a Democratic versus Republican thing.  It’s a Democrat and Republican thing. 

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One Response to “I told you it was an anti-establishment movement”

  1. Andrew_M_Garland Says:

    From: Ruling Class
    To : Public
    Re : We must tax and spend now, or we are all going to DIE!

    We don’t want to tax and spend (cough), but we must react to the crisis that we have identified. We are going to borrow, spend, and tax reluctantly to support our actions. The alternative is DEATH. No one wants that.

    So what if you are poor in the future? At least you will be alive, and we will continue to guide you through supportive government to help you out of poverty.

    We Must Spend or We Are Going to DIE!