Sunday, October 05, 2014
Teabagger Support Has Leveled Out At 22-24%
All of these charts were made from information contained in a recently released Gallup Poll. The latest in this series of surveys was done between September 4th and 7th of a random national sample of 1,017 adults, and has a margin of error of about 4 points.
It shows that support for the teabagger movement (created and funded by rich benefactors like the Koch brothers) had its strongest support back in 2010. Since then it has been losing support, although that support seems to have now leveled off at between 22% and 24% since late 2012. The good news is that's not enough support to allow a teabagger candidate to live in the White House.
The bad news is mainly for moderate Republicans. Because while 24% is not enough to win a national election, it is plenty enough to control what the Republican Party does (and who it nominates) -- since most teabaggers are Republicans. That means the Republicans are very likely to keep promoting right-wing extremist policies, and will likely nominate a right-wing extremist as their presidential candidate -- and that will continue as long as the teabaggers control that party.
This is good news for Democrats. Americans have shown they like moderate candidates -- extremists scare them.
I also thought another part of the survey was interesting. It showed just who the teabaggers are, and is illustrated in the charts below.