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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 23 2010 11:00 p.m. MST

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Sandy, UT

First - the article heading is VERY misleading!! Most of what the article had to say made it sound like the 'tea party' was a sizable force in the elections.
Second - Wonder which state this poll was taken.
Certainly wasn't Utah!

Kearns, UT

Have to agree that this poll is irrelevant and misleading. First of all the tea party ideology is not a registered party with registered members so how can they determine who favors what questions? As far as they know, they have proved just the opposite of what they claim.

This tea party ideology is one favoring law and order and the truth from our elected government officials. They are not a group of radicals as the story implies, they are americans who still believe in the American race and constitution. Tea party proponents are for open and transparent government which the news media opposes and tries to suppress. Local news media is a major problem of local government as they are controlled by local government and told what to print and what not to print.

Utah has even legislated news media controls with rules of order and rules of law controlling the news media reporters, papers, TV stations, even these comment boards. Who ever wields the pen wields the power of information and truth, and in Utah its our representatives of government and its financial backers. Government spawns millionaires and billionaire representatives by the power mongers controlling them.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

I wish politicians would remove the word "mandate" from their vocabulary.

Done That
Monroe, CT

I'm not sure what person would NOT be for smaller government/individual liberty(except union/government workers and those on the gov dole), fewer taxes (except those that don't pay any), no deficiet spending (who would oppose that except those on the dole). Those are just common sense ideas that freedom loving people would expect. Even here in Conn, hard working people that I encounter feel this way. It amazes me how many people are willing to give up those liberties for a few free measly bucks. Come on people wake up, get off the drugs, some taking the government bribes and stand up for you freedoms.

Cedar Hills, UT

The first paragraph was a sound bite for the DNC or any media group funded by Soros.
So todays radicals want to repeal the economy busting, central government control of our lives in the Health Care bill? Todays radicals don't want to divide our country by class - tax cuts for all. Now the DNC plans to cast the GOP as extreme, by tying them to the radical views of the tea party. Those radical views of equality for all, smaller government control of our lives, and thus, more personal freedom. Go ahead, cast your lot with big government and big labor. It seems to have worked so well with Europe.

Lewisville, TX

I distrust polls which are designed to show something that is observably true isn't. They've flopped the numbers: instead of only 35 percent of the people disagreeing with Obama, it's about that number who think he's doing an okay job. This is merely the AP, the "establishment media," trying to strike back following the resounding defeat of Democratic and Obama policies at the polls. The sky is blue and they want us to think it's pink.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

from the article: ""We are ordinary Americans," said Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella group. "These are people who care so much they want to restore our Constitution."

Restore the Constitution? What does that mean? I thought it was still there and functioning like it is supposed to, with debate, and Supreme Court interpretation.

Sheesh, are the tea party people for real? Have any of them actually stepped foot in a college or university and actually studied anything, or are just lemmings for the loudest voice they can hear?

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Some of the tea party principles as I understand it is less government intrusion, fewer rules and regulations so that a business can be run efficiently or a new business be started up without a lot of red tape. Federal workers get $119,000 a year including a massive retirement. Can't we reduce this? Stimulus bills don't work. Wealth redistribution does not work. If we want a strong economy and low unemployment we have to go with tea party principles otherwise we go to a European style economy. Seems real dumb to me to penalize those who are successful.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

To My2cents: What is "the American race"? Who belongs to it? Who doesn't?

A couple of examples of tea party politicians: One tea part congressman was incensed that his own government funded healthcare wouldn't start for 28 days after his swearing in.

Another, from a farm state, was asked if she would be willing to eliminate farm subsidies to help reduce the deficit. She replied that we can't possibly reduce farm subsidies because they are a matter of "national security". (no, I'm not making this up)

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I think this article was ordered by the DNC or activists in the media. It bears little resemblance to the real world...or at least the part of the real world not living off of a government check.

South Jordan, UT

And only 20 percent of the colonials in the 1770s supported the American Revolution. So what? By the time the Constitution was ratified, almost all of them supported the new country.

What can you expect from people who formed their political views in government run schools? Surveys show that educators in K-12 are well over half liberals. In universities, that number is 70-90+ percent, depending on the particular college and department. They've grown up in an era where the government is supposed to solve everything, and where their schools teach them utopia is achievable.

Our founding fathers knew better, that's the whole point of checks and balances. The Constitution is designed to control and limit the government, not the people. It's going to take a whole lot of work to counter the damage to this country, starting by educating people how it's actually supposed to work.

Salt Lake City, UT

KM..Go ahead, cast your lot with big government and big labor. It seems to have worked so well with Europe. Ahhh, is Europes unemployment higher than ours, is their education level lower than ours, is their ability to improve their lot in life worse than ours? the answer to all is No. They pay higher taxes than we do and have different issues than we do but the macro outcomes in most cases are equal to or better than ours. Americans have bigger tv's, bigger cars, more barbies, and more boats..so what?

I don't want to move to Europe (however I did enjoy living there years ago)nor am I advocating a 90% marginal tax rate, but to denegrade govt. regulations that make all of our lives better and safer and labor unions that created the middle class by comparing them to Europe is misinformed and deceptive.

Make your point but argue the facts here and don't malign others who have made different choices than you.

Salt Lake City, UT

So ... if 3 in 10 US citizens are Tea Partiers ... and 35% of the rest of the US agrees with them (so 35% of 7, which would be 2.45 people) ... then Tea Partiers (3) + those who agree (2.45) ... make up 5.45 out of 10 people in the USA ... or, a majority.

Good try AP ...

Logan, UT

The tea party is just the main stream medias focus to make the sheeple think about side issues and distract them.
Instead of the real issue that constitutionalists want small government and freedom, and sovereignty from foreign involvement. Having nothing to do with "The Tea Party". The real answer to the country is the constitution party a real party.

The majority of the country wants small government and peace. But a small percentage of that majority forget that
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

America's Founding Fathers would say that Americans today are slaves. Wealthy slaves, but still slaves. Slaves that enjoy luxury and tranquility, but still slaves.

American Fork, UT

of course "many" don't support the tea party's views...half the voting public are totally dependent on a check from the gov't for their existence.

Mount Carmel, UT

Consider the source. AP which now means Anti-American Propaganda. These attacks on the Tea Party people will persist by the left. They are afraid. Let's keep them that way.

Centralia, WA

No need for comment here. Demisana, and for that matter really, everyone seem to grasp the transparency that reveals charlatans are at work. Is it a coincidence that yesterday the Tea Party took a copycat group to court. A group attempting to turn the USA inside out led by Obama's czars. Happy Thanksgiving. Take in a stranger.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When the Tea Party people call themselves we the people it has all the credibility of the Fox motto Fair and Balanced.

The truth is that the Tea Party people are business oriented people with an agenda that will turn America into a nation like Mexico or even Haiti.

When you walk through your employers door, you give up your individuals rights and freedoms in favor of the employers rules. This is a necessary concession in our economy. For the duration of the work period and sometimes even after, the employer is your lord and master.

The government that the Tea Party is promoting is government by the corporation. The workplace is the perfect example of what it will be like, everywhere all the time, when corporations own and operate the government.

Another truth is that when the corporations do take over, most of the tea party people will be thrown under the bus with the rest of us.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT


I'm so glad you can just throw out statistics without backing any of them up. How do you know that 90% of college and university professors are liberals? Did you ask them all yourself? From my own experience, I went to a small college and my professors didn't run around telling us their political views, they just taught our classes and facilitated discussion. We read textbooks, took tests, wrote research papers and came up with our conclusions. That is what higher education is for.

I don't know why the tea partiers are so anti-education. I guess they fear that people with critical thinking skills will run from their movement in droves.

Tea Party = empty rhetoric politics without any actual solutions or ideas. Just throw your fist in the air and shout "you betcha" and "constitution" a lot.

Salt Lake City, UT

The Tea Party is not supported by the majority of Americans. That's why Christine O'Donnell lost badly while Castle would have crushed Coons. It's why Sharon Angle lost to Harry Reid. Wait, what am I saying... I'm a liberal so it's in my best interest... You know what, keep nominating tea party candidates, they're extremely popular. You don't want any moderate Republicans in races like say Nevada, Maine or Massachusetts in 2012 (Ensign, whichever maine senator is up, Brown), run tea party candidates. They'll do well I'm sure of it.

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