Here's a bit of news that should spoil the day for Sarah Palin, Mike Wilson, Dusty Rhodes and their ilk: A comparison of two polls suggests that socialism is more popular among Americans than the Tea Party movement.
A new, wide-ranging Washington Post-ABC News poll reveals that 35 percent of respondents had a favorable view of the Tea Party, compared to 36 percent that likes socialism in an earlier Gallup poll. Fifty-two percent of Americans now hold unfavorable views of the Tea Party, which is an all-time high.—-
Maybe the results aren't all that surprising. As the liberal Firedoglake blog put it, “Only 35 percent of Americans like the Teabaggers, about the same number that like Saudi Arabia. Kinda figures. Both love to drill for oil, hate gays, and believe in theocracy.”
Other findings included that 54 percent approve of how President Obama is handling his job, compared to 43 percent who disapprove. Also, 52 percent favor stricter gun-control laws, and 31 percent want an outright ban on the sale of all handguns, except to law enforcement officers — numbers that have stayed fairly consistent in recent years.
Given the NRA's lobbying power and heavy contributions to congressional campaigns, however, any toughening of gun laws seems unlikely. Whatever happened to listening to the will of the majority, Mr. Boehner?
The telephone poll was conducted Jan. 13-16 with a random national sample of 1,053 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular telephones. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
By the way, John Boehner (R-West Chester) also was included in the survey. The Orange One had a 39 percent approval rating, with 27 percent disapproving of him and 33 percent expressing no opinion. Two years ago, Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) — his predecessor as House Speaker — had higher approval ratings.
Someone pass the man a hanky.