The Key element of the Tea Party movement that neither the Politicians or the very few media outlets covering it understand is that it is not a protest against the Democrats or the Republicans, it is a protest of the Democrats AND the Republicans. Americans are angry at their government and the latest study from Rasmussen proves the point.
Two thirds of voters nationwide say they’re at least somewhat angry about the policies of the federal government (36% are Very Angry).
Sixty percent believe that neither Republican nor Democratic political leaders have an understanding of what is needed today. That number jumps to 80% when you look at thise who are very angry.
Ninety percent of Republicans are at least somewhat angry along with 44% of Democrats and 77% of independents. More 70% of Republicans and independent voters say the neither party has the answers which is an indication of Republican frustration with recent leadership. Democrats are more evenly divided.
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters nationwide are at least somewhat concerned that the political anger will spill over into violence, as some politicians have suggested. Twenty-two percent (22%) are Very Concerned.
Most Republicans (71%) and independents (63%) are not worried about the Democratic party induced threat of political violence. Sixty-three percent of Democrats believe their own Kool-Aid and are worried about the threat of political violence. The most angry are the ones least concerned about violence. For example among those who are Very Angry at the government’s policies, just 15% are Very Concerned about the possibility of violence. Among those who are Not at all Angry about government policies, 51% fear violence.
This unhappiness with government policies and leaders is reflected in numerous other Rasmussen Reports surveys. Americans, for example, now view being a member of Congress as the least respected job one can hold.
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters have an unfavorable opinion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and they express similar negative views, not quite as strongly, about the other top Democratic and GOP congressional leaders.
Opposition to the health care plan proposed by the president and congressional Democrats has now hit a new high. Voters continue to oppose the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, and opposition has grown to the president’s plan for greater government regulation of the financial sector.
Politicians better wake up and smell the hummus. Americans are very angry and if you don’t listen we will through you out, no matter what party you vote with.