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    fiddlingnero, mechboots

    One is that there is a lot of resistance against the health care plan and mandatory participation that seems to cut a swath across party lines (including indies). Another is that you are correct, the land line folks are rapidly decreasing, probably even less than 18 months ago pre-election.

    Obama's disapproval numbers right now are about 45%. But the phrase "55% more likely' is kinda meaningless the way it's phrased. You'd have to look back at the raw numbers to ascertain any real meaning. it's saying IF 20% of folks who approve of Obama approve of the Tea Party then 30% of those that don't approve of Obama also approve of the tea baggers. But it could also mean 40% of those that approve of Obama also approve of teabaggers and 60% that don't approve of him approve of teabaggers. Since I don't know the raw numbers I can't really say what it means other than most folks are likely republicans who approve of the tea baggers. So it's kinda ungrounded.

    As someone else pointed out, we don't know how many whites that didn't disapprove of the tea baggers think that whites are hard working.  Maybe they think everyone is lazy.

    Also, one would have to determine what the depth of what someone knows about them for it to be meaningful. What does the respondant think they represent? Does the responding think that they are they anti health care folks? Does the respondent think they are anti taxes? Anti-choice? Pro hunting?

    One final point, if someone asked me if I 'approved' of the tea baggers I might answer the question differently depending on what questions they asked beforehand and what my mindset was. ie, is it fine with me if a group of people split the republican party? Yeah, sure fine, I'm all for it.  If I'm thinking about the rights of people to express themselves through the formation of a subgroup of the Republicans? Yeah, I am fine with that too. But if you asked me if I approved of the ACTIONS and WORDS of the tea partiers.. hoo boy, no I do not.  

    It's too complex a question to draw conclusions from what I've seen and I really don't have the couple days it would take to really dive into his raws even if I had access to them.

    We're all one heartbeat away from Forever.

    by KS Rose on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 06:17:05 PM PDT

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    •  Good points all, thnx for the feedback (0+ / 0-)

      I think there needs to be deeper analysis of this survey, hope the picture gets clearer...or this prompts more and wider surveys

      *Newton's Law of Inertia also applies to politics.*

      by mechboots on Thu Apr 08, 2010 at 07:16:32 PM PDT

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