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Who are the Tea Party supporters?

Original post made by Rae, Mohr Park, on Apr 15, 2010

Food for thought . . .
According to a just released NYT/CBS News poll, those who identify with and support the Tea Party are:
89% white
59% men
75% 45 and older
70% married
65% mid to upper class
50% attend church weekly to almost every week
56% are employed; 32% are retired
36% make 50-100K per year; 20% make more than 100K
78% rate their financial situation fairly good to very good
59% think Obama was born in another country or don't know
52% say too much has been made of the problems facing black people in recent years
45% want to reduce the fed govt; 6% each cut budget or taxes; 7% elect their own candidate; 9% create jobs
52% think the income tax they will pay this year is fair
49% would choose cutting taxes over cutting the deficit (42%)
49% are receiving Social Security, 43% are covered by Medicare, and 62% say the benefits are worth the cost
32% do not approve of requiring health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies for health insurance regardless of whether or not they have an existing medical condition or a prior illness
40% say gay couples should have no legal recognition
32% say abortion should not be permitted; 53% say Roe v Wade was a "bad thing"
58% have a gun in their household
59% have a favorable opinion of Glenn Beck
40% think Palin would be an effective President

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Rae, thanks for sharing. No surprises here - not one. Though 40% thinking Sarah Palin would be an effective president is downright scary.


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Posted by Antoinette
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

From what I saw at the Fairgrounds just now, I would have to say those numbers don't jibe. More like 100% white, 99% aged 45 and over. And despite being "taxed to death," no one there appears to be on the verge of starvation...


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Antoinette,

Why lie? You were not there because if you were you would have noticed that there were a lot of young folks there and children in strollers. Please bring something constructive to these forums if you want to be taken seriously.


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Posted by Hal
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Nice to see Pleasanton is the new hub for right-wing bigots in California. With this Tea Party, our town has really sealed the deal for becoming the laughing stock of the Bay Area. Thanks Bridget Melson!


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Posted by Antoinette
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Rat Turd,

Thanks for calling me a liar--you've totally disproven my belief that Tea Partiers lack class.

As to your question: I don't consider children in strollers to be activists in a political movement. If you've been counting them to inflate your numbers, well, that probably explains a lot.

In the future, please bring a realistic world view to these forums if you want to be taken seriously.


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Posted by Rat Turd
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Antoinette,

You are more than welcome and I am always happy to call a liar a liar. By the way, if you were actually there you would have seen that young mothers were pushing those strollers. What does don't jibe mean? I have a question for you to deeply reflect on if you are capable. You seen to think that being white and against high taxes and lack of representation makes one a racist for some reason. Here is the question. 96% of blacks give President Obama favorable marks for job performance. Are all black racist?


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Posted by Antoinette
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Rat Turd,

Apparently reading is hard for you, so I'll keep this one short and simple: where in my post did I call anyone a racist?

And if you don't know what "jibe" means, why don't you look it up? You're clearly connected to the internet.


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Posted by fred d
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Scary site! It's the same group of wealth, white, people that gathered at the fairgrounds during Arnold's campaign stop. And we all know how well that worked out.
Still wondering about their battle cry of "Socialism" and "Govt. takeover", yet no one better touch their Medicare or Medicad.
I pray that Sarah runs.


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Posted by Antoinette
a resident of Avignon
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

P.S.

Take a look at these photos from today's Tea Party in the news--what diversity! What youth!

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Posted by What a relief!
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Man oh man. I thought I was going to come on Pleasanton Weekly and find a ton of posts supporting the Tea Party. What a wonderful surprise to see that not all of Pleasanton is blinded by conservative thought.

I drove by the fairgrounds and took a look. It was embarrassing for me to see mostly white people in the crowd. With all of the facts, I just don't see how the Tea Party can be seen as anything but racism.

Run, Sarah! You will guarantee Obama a win!


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm

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Thanks for the pics Antoinette. Is it just me or does anyone else think someone who wears the flag as an outfit is tacky? Seems rather disrespectful to me. If this is how tea baggers honor the flag, they should really rethink that.

So how many dozens showed up?


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Posted by One more statistic
a resident of Gatewood
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

They forgot "100% # of racists belonging to the Tea Party"


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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Oh, I don't know, Janna--I kind of welcome the opportunity to see these people wear something other than Nascar gear for a change.


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Posted by To Nurse Shark
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:17 pm

To Nurse Shark-
Thanks for your comment. That made me laugh out loud!!!


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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LOL! I agree, but still- having the flag stretched out across a big beer belly is just so wrong!


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Janna, you should be happy with the direction of the country. Are you still bottom feeding and living on public assistance waiting for a job to fall out of the sky for you husband while you work away on the internet. You should be phrasing those Tea Party people because without them working and paying taxes you would be eating cat food.


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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Whoa! Someone tell the nurses that Bobby's got out of his room again!


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Bobby is just tired of paying taxes to support deadbeats like Janna who is on public assistance and teachers who just have their hands out for more money. Neither group is thankful that they are allowed to do nothing like Janna or the minimum like teachers.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

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Did you mean you should be praising them?

Oh they're so great! They're the only people in this whole country working hard right? Pfft! If I thought those people were here to save the country (eight years too late) I'd gag! They are complaining about government healthcare all the while accepting Medicare! How stupid does that make them? Pretty damn stupid.

Bobby, you should really learn to comprehend while reading. You are so wrong about so many things. I really just don't have the inclination to correct your misconceptions.


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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Do you KNOW that Janna is on public assistance or are you just trying to rake up filth because you don't have a reasonable point of view to offer?


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm

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Hey Blobby-

I have never claimed to be on public assistance. That's all in your imagination. But keep saying it because we know that's the only way you get your kind of people to believe it.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Janna, tell us again about how upset you were when you could not take advantage of healthy kids program or how you are staying home with the kids and will not look for a job because it is important that you hang on the computer all day while you husband who is still out of work refuses to look outside of the area for a job. When you do something to contribute financially to the country come back and talk to us. Come on Janna tell all of again your circumstances. Please do.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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He doesn't know jack! Not that its anyone's business, but both my children have health care though the state. That is not living on public assistance but thanks for playing "I have no idea what I'm talking about!" Bobby.

He just likes to claim I'm some sort of loser because I'm broke and have been living on credit and cashed out our retirement due to my husband's job loss. I'm about to sell my car so I can feed my kids and keep paying my bills, but I'm sure Bobby would rather people like me just die off quietly. Now that's sick!

People like him really enjoy kicking people when they're down and out. He knows nothing. Yet, he is somehow better than me.

Do you know what it's like to realize that you can no longer afford to exist day to day? Think about that for a minute.

Maybe Bobby owns a company that's hiring? Maybe he should try helping peple rather trying to boost himself up by putting others down.

Love the assumptions that those who can't find jobs just don't want to work. What complete crap!


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm

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Your kind, as in the lunatic right wing fringe. Sounds like you have a complex about something Bobby.


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Posted by Bobby
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm

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Now you've really gone over the edge Bobby. I'd feel sorry for you if you weren't such a jerk! You are completely insane!


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on Apr 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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