Tea Party Movement As Popular As Socialism

Our guest bloggers are John Halpin and Ruy Teixeira, Center for American Progress senior fellows and co-directors of the Progressive Studies Program.

The numbers don’t lie.

The percentage of Americans viewing “The Tea Party movement” favorably: 37 percent. The percentage of Americans with a positive image of “socialism”: 36 percent. (Both sources, Gallup).



Although the question wording is not exactly the same, the point is obvious. You can find roughly 4 in 10 Americans who will give a positive rating to just about anything in politics that they know little about.