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The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism$
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Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199832637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199832637.001.0001

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Behind the Costumes and Signs

Behind the Costumes and Signs

Who Are the Tea Partiers?

(p.19) 1 Behind the Costumes and Signs
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

Theda Skocpol

Vanessa Williamson

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the people who have found the Tea Party idea compelling. It locates Tea Party people in US society, showing that they are overwhelmingly older white citizens, relatively well educated, and economically comfortable compared to Americans in general. Almost all are Republicans or conservatives to the right of the GOP. The chapter draws on national social surveys to give a broad and representative overview of Tea Party sympathizers and active supporters. Observations of and things heard from regular Tea Party participants are also used to bring to life key points about their life circumstances and outlooks.

Keywords:   Tea Party, right-wing Republicans, Tea Partiers, conservatives, GOP

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