Cake. Having it? Eating it, too?

Selzer and Company was commissioned by the Bloomberg news organ to perform a poll among Americans.  About one-quarter (26%) of those polled support the johnny-come-lately Tea Party political movement, 53% said they didn’t, and 21% were not sure.

Here are some interesting fact that the poll uncovered about the Teabagging 26%:

  • 44% identify themselves as “born-again”, compared with 33% of all respondents.
  • More than 90% say the U.S. is moving toward socialism and away from capitalism.
  • Almost half say the government should do something about executive bonuses.
  • 36% say expanding Medicare (for the elderly) and Medicaid (for the poor) amount to socialism.
  • 65% say Social Security is socialist, but 47% want to keep it under government control or aren’t sure about privatization.
  • 80%+ say expansion of the government’s role in the economy is a high threat.
  • 70% want a federal government that fosters job creation.

Now let me get this straight.

They want less government interference in the economy…

…but they also want the government to create more jobs.

They want Medicare and Medicaid…

…but they don’t want government-controlled socialized medicine.

They don’t like Social Security…

…but they don’t want to get rid of it.

I guess I shouldn't really be very surprised.

See my revisited fable for a more (ahem) artistic version of this story.

(The poll’s raw results and exact phrasings of questions are here.)
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4 comments on “Cake. Having it? Eating it, too?

  1. Tom says:

    I think that a government that “fosters” job creation is maybe different from one that “creates” jobs. “Foster” means to promote the growth and development of something.

  2. Cindy says:

    They are in favour of capitalism, but want the salaries of corporate CEO’s to be legislated?? Sounds like capitalism to me. Not!

  3. biodork says:

    I think those who support the Tea Party are a sad example of people trying to create the reality they want without a good plan on how to do so. They have a concept – the less government the better – but they still want government or other oversight bodies to make sure they’re safe and have access to…stuff.

    Tea Partiers are misguided – they think they have the perfect formula for success, but as Ben Goldacre puts it: “I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that.”

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