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The Tea Party vs. The Left


A friend of mine just sent me a Fox News Poll that was conducted immediately before the March 19 start of the U.S. war on Libya

One caveat, of course, is that Fox News is a Rupert Murdoch – NewsCorp operation.  So they are not only not beyond falsifying data — but Fox regularly engages in falsification.  Hence, the overall lack of support for this then-imminent U.S. war (only one-in-four registered American voters expressing their approval) reflects very badly on the Obama regime, and Fox News operatives were bound to play-up these results for their maximum negative advantage.

There is thus no telling how much this kind of endemic Fox News – political consideration vitiates the poll's reported results.

All this aside, however: Question #21 (p. 3) asked: "Do you favor or oppose the U.S. military getting involved with the situation in Libya?"

"[B]ased on live telephone interviews with a national sample of 913 registered voters" over the three-day period of March 14 – 16 (hence one day prior to the adoption of UN Res. 1973, and three days prior to the U.S. launching of its war on Libya),[1] the breakdown in responses was:

 

 

 

 

Democrats

Republicans

Independents

Tea Party

Total

Favor

    21%

    33%

    19%

    39%

  25%

Oppose

    70%

    59%

    70%

    54%

  65%

Don't know

      9%

      9%

    11%

      7%

    9%

 

[1] Fox News Poll, Andrew Robbins Research (Dem.) / Shaw & Company Research (Rep.), Interviews Conducted March 14-16, 2011.

 

 

So how should we interpret these results?  On their face, we find overwhelming opposition to this then-imminent U.S. war (65% opposed compared to 25% in favor), with greater expressions of support to be found among Republicans (33%) than the incumbent party's own Democrats (21%) and "Independents" (19%), and with the greatest support expressed by self-identifying "Tea Party" members (39%), who also happen to be overwhelmingly white.

Any additional interpretations?  For example, that as of the days just prior to this latest U.S. war, even the Tea Party was less enthused about the current display of American Power than were the New Humanitarian, "responsibility to protect" cliques that comprise the self-abnegated version of the Western "Left"? 

David Peterson
Chicago, USA


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