Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Fear of Change" Among Traits Held By Tea Party Members

A new sociological study conducted by academics at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University has found that the top four characteristics associated with members of the tea party are "authoritarianism, ontological insecurity (fear of change), libertarianism and nativism."

This is hardly news to those who truly understand the motivations behind the tea party and do not rely on their disingenuous rhetoric. The report also shows that most are confused about what is and is not in the US Constitution, "The TP supporters' inconsistent views of the Constitution suggests that their nostalgic embrace of the document is animated more by a network of cultural associations than a thorough commitment to the original text."

The entire report can be found here.

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