Dakota Voice (where a surprising percentage of the articles are written by people not from either Dakota) toots a Rasmussen Reports survey that finds 51% of Americans ("most"!) view last week's anti-tax, anti-Obama, anti-evolution, anti-socialism, anti-practical-policy Tea Parties favorably (yes, I'm para-para-paraphrasing). The Tea Parties get the thumbs down from a meager 33% (socialists all, Dakota Voice assures himself and his nervous readers).
Now really, I'm surprised the favorable number was only 51%. Who can have a beef with a pleasant little tea party in the park? I'll bet half of the opposition came from brutish folks who think tea is for sissies. Expect rebranding to "Coffee Parties"—for all you hard-charging, caffeinated patriots!—for the next wave of protests. Or why not "Beer Parties"? They could cut into the Obama youth vote!
But I digress.
Here are some other numbers that really puzzle: a Gallup poll finds 61% (an even bigger most!) of Americans say the income taxes they pay are fair. Gallup attributes this to patriotism: when the country's at war (will we ever again not be?), Americans historically see paying taxes more as their red-white-and-blue duty than as an unfair burden.
Gallup also finds the number of Americans who say the federal income taxes they pay are "about right" surpassing the number who say their taxes are "too high," a statistical crossing that has happened only once before in the 53 years Gallup has asked this question. Bad news for the teabaggers here: their outrage isn't playing with the majority, either by income range or party affiliation. The number of low- and middle-income people who their federal income tax is "about right" grew to slim majorities from last year. The only folks who say their taxes are too high are wealthy folks (well, those making over $75K) and Republicans.
Read that again: the biggest complainers about taxes are those who can most afford taxes. The teabaggers claim a "Silent Majority," but these numbers suggest the real silent majority might be better characterized as working-class folks who think their taxes are fine (and notice the 6% of low-income folks who say their taxes are too low). At the very least, the teabaggers have a long re-education campaign ahead.
p.s.: Rasmussen also finds 86% of respondents paying at least some attention to the Tea Parties in the news; that's pretty good for a story Tea Party organizers, fueling their persecution narrative, say was ignored by the mainstream media.
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