Friday, May 09, 2014
Teabagger Support Has Dropped Significantly Since 2010
The charts above reflect information from the Gallup Poll -- the most recent of which was done between April 24th and 30th of a random national sample of 1,513 adults, with a margin of error of 3 points.
The charts show some good news for Americans -- a significant reduction in support for the teabaggers. At the time of the 2010 election, public support for the teabaggers was at 32% (almost a third of the population). That has now dropped to about 22% (just slightly above a fifth of the population). I think the teabagger-initiated government shutdown woke a lot of people up, and they are starting to realize that that the teabagger politicians are willing to trash this country to get their way.
Even more significant is the drop in support for the teabaggers within the Republican Party -- from 61% in 2010 to 41% currently. This is important because the teabaggers have never been a movement crossing party lines, but are primarily just an extremist wing of the Republican Party. It looks like many Republicans are tired of being painted as extremist and racist because of that teabagger wing of their party.
The drop in Democratic support for the teabaggers was small (only 2%), but that is because there was very little support there to begin with (never rising to a double-digit level).
I think teabagger support will drop even more radically in 2017 (after President Obama leaves office). That's because the teabagger movement, whether they want to admit it or not, has been made up mostly of people who just can stand this nation having an African-American president. It is a movement that was started and funded by rich right-wing extremists who saw an opportunity to exploit the nation's racists to achieve their own goals. Once the president leaves office, they will no longer be able to hide their extremism behind an anti-Obama (anti-Black president) cover -- and that extremism will be exposed for what it is (a naked grab for power by rich white men).
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