Left Attacking the Tea Party with Dodgy Numbers

Russ Steele

Our local left is crowing about the latest Pew Research Center Study showing Americans interest in the  Tea Party has flip and is now in decline. According to Pew:

More Americans now say that they disagree than agree with the tea party, and even those who live in districts represented by tea party members are split over the movement, according to a new survey.

Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed say they disagree with the tea party movement, compared with 20 percent who agree with it, the Pew Research Center found.

Opinion on the issue has flipped since a year ago, when 27 percent agreed and 22 percent disagreed with the movement.

Now lets get to the core of the issue. The margin of error was very high +/- 7%.  Not mentioned by our local left.  So you can see how accurate the poll is check out this graphic.

While this study may be an indicator, why is it that every time our local Tea Party meets there are 8-10 new members. I would not give a poll with a +/- 7% error much credibility. The article does not tell us what the error was in the original study. See you at the next Tea Party event.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

12 Responses to Left Attacking the Tea Party with Dodgy Numbers

  1. steve enos says:

    Sorry guys, but the Tea Party is over. The recent elections also showed that when you over reach… this is what happens.

    The TP’s 20 minutes of fame are over.

  2. Barry Pruett says:

    Actually Steve…the 2010 elections showed the Democrats what overreaching will do. I do not see any overreaching by congressional Republicans or many of the Republican candidates for president. Amercians are used to the “ball” being between the forties. Because Obama and a Democrat congress tried to push the ball down to the Republican 10 yardline, the Democrats lost big in 2010. Look to see the Republicans get the “ball” back between the forties – and likely a little closer to your 40 than mine…LOL.

    Republicans will retain Congress, win the presidency, and likely come close to 60 votes in the Senate. Democrats see it coming and are heading for the doors as we speak – look no further than Barney Frank.

  3. Todd Juvinall says:

    I like it that liberals like the Enos think what he says is true. We get to see them cry a river after they get whooped.

  4. steve enos says:

    2010 was a result of over reaching from the left. 2011 was a a result of over reaching from the far right.

    Sorry guys, but the Tea Party is on the way out like an over used tea bag.

    • Russ says:


      Too bad you were not listening to Tom Sullivan’s radio show on 1530 KFBK this after noon. One of the callers was from Yuba City, who is one of the Yuba County Tea Party organizers. According to the caller his organization is growing and the six neighboring Tea Party organization that he has visited continue to be very active in civic events. It does not sound like an organization in decline to me. That caused me to wonder where are you getting your information? Is it wishful thinking, or are you reading lefty blog sites?

  5. Bob W says:

    Steve doth protest too much, methinks.

  6. Todd Juvinall says:


  7. Russ, off topic but what is the update about Amazon?

  8. Weren’t you a salesmen for them or something? The state is taxing their sales and all their locals were dumped or something like that?

    • Russ says:

      OK now I understand. Amazon signed a deal with CA to delay the tax until 2014, with the provision that it be applied nationally. I was invited to open a new contract, but declined. I have other plans.

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