Thursday, December 17, 2009

In Search of Hope: Tea Parties More Popular Than Jesus

OK, not quite...but Andrea Mitchell is on CNBC with some talking heads discussing an NBC/WSJ poll about party satisfaction, and the results are interesting, interesting in that the Tea Party was considered a party...even more interesting are the numbers: the GOP and Dems got 28% and 35%, while the Tea Party received a 41% approval...

I did participate in a few tea party protests in Philadelphia back in the summer, but I was less than hopeful, given the amount of "God Bless America"/anti-immigrant/backwoods sentiment (which have NOT helped in the fight for freedom.) I see the parties as a mixed blessing, a blind outrage of mixed premises. In the short run, this seems helpful, and hopeful...sure, we know what the protest is against, but here, I have to quote Nietzsche: “Do you call yourself free? I want to hear your ruling idea, and not that you have escaped from a yoke. . . . Free from what? Zarathustra does not care about that! But your eye should clearly tell me: free for what?”

So it remains to be seen what kind of principles will win out within these protests. Personally, I'm not thrilled with the idea of the Tea Parties being lumped in/co-opted by the GOP, so on that basis, I have to partially lump this is with the "false prophets of hope." But we'll see...


Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 5:00 PM by Mark Murray
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From NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro
Just how angry is the public with the country's two leading political parties? Angry enough that the conservative, libertarian-leaning Tea Party movement is more popular than either the Democratic or the Republican parties, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The Republican Party maintains its net-negative favorable/unfavorable rating in the poll, with 28 percent viewing it positively and 43 percent seeing it in a negative light.

For the first time in more than two years, the Democratic Party also now holds a net-negative fav/unfav, at 35-45 percent.

By comparison, the NBC/WSJ poll shows the Tea Party movement with a net-positive 41-23 percent score.

Yet looking inside those numbers, more than three-quarters (76 percent) of those who say FOX News is where they get their news see the Tea Party movement positively, versus just 4 percent who see it negatively.

That's a stark contrast to how viewers of the competing cable networks CNN and MSNBC see the movement. More of those viewers have a negative opinion of it (36 percent) than a positive one (24 percent).

Those who get their news mostly from broadcast TV (either NBC, CBS or ABC) are split -- 28 percent view it positively, versus 27 percent who view it negatively.

The entire NBC/Journal poll comes out at 6:30 pm ET.

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