The notion that Tea Party activists are almost entirely Republicans is just not true. And that’s a fact that should scare Democrats. It is no surprise to see that most Tea Party activists are Republicans, but if Democrats ignore the group that isn’t, and just blast the Tea Party movement as an extension of the Republican party, they are going to enrage a whole host of voters that might have otherwise gone to the Democratic party:
Four in 10 Tea Party members are either Democrats or Independents, according to a new national survey.
The findings provide one of the most detailed portraits to date of the grassroots movement that started last year.
The national breakdown of the Tea Party composition is 57 percent Republican, 28 percent Independent and 13 percent Democratic, according to three national polls by the Winston Group, a Republican-leaning firm that conducted the surveys on behalf of an education advocacy group. Two-thirds of the group call themselves conservative, 26 are moderate and 8 percent say they are liberal.