Tea Party supporters across the country are celebrating the victory of Rand Paul, who won the Republican nomination for the United States Senate on Tuesday. The win signals momentum for the Tea Party movement. Here are 10 things you should know about them.
10 Things You Should Know About the Tea Party Supporters
Tea Party supporters are growing in every state. They have started Meetup groups online with thousands of users, campaigned against President Obama and publicly displayed their angry against the government. The New York Times and CBS surveyed 1,580 adults, who are self-identified Tea Party supporters. We tell you ten things you should know about them.
A majority of Tea Party Supporters do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be President, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
More Money in the Bank
Tea Party Supporters are wealthier and more educated than the general public with 56 percent making more than $50,000 per year.
Older White Males
Eighteen percent of Americans who claim to be Tea Party Supporters tend to be Republicans, White males, married and older than 45.
Surprisingly, nearly 9 in 10 disapprove of the job President Obama is doing overall in this country. More than 90 percent of Tea Party Supporters think the country is going in the wrong direction, this is compared with about 60 percent of the general public, according to New York Times/CBS News poll.
Worried About Losing Jobs
Just like most Americans 55 percent of Tea Party Supporters are concerned that someone in their household will be out of a job in the next year.
Kids Attend Public Schools
If your child is attending a public school more than likely they are sharing the same class with a Tea Party Supporter's kid. Most send their kids to public schools.
Social Security & Medicare
Tea Party Supporters did not want to cut Medicare and Social Security, some defended being on Social Security.
Fifty-eight percent of Tea Party Supporters keep a gun in their household.
Tea Party Supporters are more likely than most Americans overall to attend religious services weekly about 38 percent do so, 39 percent call themselves evangelical. Another 22 percent are Catholic and 61 percent are Protestant.
Why They Are Angry
The top four things Tea Party supporters are angry about is the health care reform bill, government spending, unemployment and the economy, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.