New Factsheet on the Alignment of Evangelical and Tea Party Values

[10.06.2011]

Many of the GOP primary candidates will be in DC this weekend, but not for a debate (I hear your sigh of relief.  There have been a lot of those recently).  They’re all speaking at the annual Values Voter Summit, a conservative conference with four major stated goals: to “limit government,” “champion traditional values,” “reduce spending,” and “protect America.”  In addition to the seven major GOP candidates, speakers will include major social conservative icons like the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, former Attorney General Ed Meese, and the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown.  It’s an important conservative event, so as you read coverage of the conference, take a look at the factsheet we compiled on the alignment of white evangelical Protestant and Tea Party value on key social issues.  For example:

  • Overlapping Identities: Nearly half (58%) of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement also identify as a part of the religious right or Christian conservative movement. [Source: PRRI, American Values Survey, 2010]. Fully three-quarters (75%) of those who identify with the Tea Party movement describe themselves as “a Christian conservative.” [Source: PRRI, Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey, 2011]
  • Libertarianism: Despite conventional wisdom, only about one quarter (27%) of Americans who identify with the Tea Party consider themselves libertarians. [Source: PRRI, Pluralism, Immigration and Civic Integration Survey, 2011]

For more numbers on abortion, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and the economic “earthquake,” and where the Tea Party and white evangelical Protestants fall on all of these issues, read over the factsheet.

3 Responses to “New Factsheet on the Alignment of Evangelical and Tea Party Values”

  1. [...] Evangelical aversion to Mormons wouldn’t be such a problem for Romney if he could build a winning coalition without them. But historically, that’s been hard to do in GOP primaries. Sixty percent of voters in the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary in 2008 were evangelicals. And Tea Party supporters, who are among the most energized in this campaign season, overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian conservatives.” [...]

  2. [...] Evangelical hatred to Mormons wouldn’t be such a problem for Romney if he could build a winning bloc but them. But historically, that’s been tough to do in GOP primaries. Sixty percent of citizens in a Iowa caucuses and a South Carolina primary in 2008 were evangelicals. And Tea Party supporters, who are among a many energized in this debate season, overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian conservatives.” [...]

  3. [...] And Tea Party supporters, who are among the most energized in this campaign season, overwhelmingly identify themselves as “Christian conservatives”, according to the Public Religion Research [...]

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