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Shock Study: Obama Supporting ‘Researcher’ Finds Tea Party Voters Fear Change and Immigrants, Not Necessarily in That Order

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By Doug Powers  •  August 23, 2011 10:15 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

The results of this “study” are even more unexpected than the latest lousy jobs report.

From the Houston Chronicle:

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tea party voters are more likely to fear change and harbor negative attitudes toward immigrants, according to a study presented Monday at the American Sociological Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.

The study, called “Cultures of the Tea Party,” also claims voters who felt favorably toward the tea party movement valued deference to authority and libertarianism. The report concludes that the tea party movement is not a new political phenomenon, but rather “is best understood as a new cultural expression of the late-20th-century Republican Party.”

The findings are based on a telephone poll of nearly 4,500 registered voters in North Carolina and Tennessee conducted last year. The researchers also conducted 10 interviews and kept track of any signs and costumes at a tea party rally in North Carolina. Andrew Perrin, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the main author of the study.
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“The (tea party) supporters’ inconsistent views of the Constitution suggests that their nostalgic embrace of the document is animated more by a network of cultural associations than a thorough commitment to the original text,” the report states.

I’m sure the main author of the study didn’t let his personal political stance get in the way of producing a nonpartisan, completely unbiased report.

I haven’t read the full study, but I have a suspicion that when they refer to “immigrants” they’re talking about illegals, but I don’t have time to verify that because I have to go to the cemetery and curse at my immigrant ancestors in a fit of fear and ignorance.

For the record, I don’t think the Tea Party is opposed to change — they’re opposed to Change™. There’s a big difference.

**Written by Doug Powers

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