Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rich White Guys

The make-up of tea party movement, according to a poll at CNN, is, as Dave Weigel at the Washington Independent notes, largely white, male, well-off, and conservative.

Tea Party activists are 60 percent male and 80 percent white, with 77 percent of them self-identifying as “conservatives” and 44 percent identifying as “Republicans.” While 47 percent of Americans report making less than $50,000 a year, only 26 percent of Tea Party activists make that little, while 34 percent make $75,000 or more. The major way in which this movement differs from the Republican Party’s makeup is in geography. Only 31 percent live in the South. Twenty-nine percent live in the Midwest, and 28 percent live in the West. Only in the Northeast, where 13 percent of activists live, are they relatively underrepresented (19 percent of all poll respondents live there).

It basically sounds like a subset of the Republican Party, which makes it, ironically, a minority group in a minority party.

Or, to put it another way, it sounds like a bunch of grumpy guys hanging out at the bar at a restricted country club complaining about how the country is going to hell in a hand basket and the neighbor kids who won’t get off their lawn.