What’s The Worst Thing You Can Call a Politician? Tea Party

Rasmussen Reports periodically asks Likely U.S. Voters to rate political labels, and the latest national telephone survey finds that 38% consider it a positive when a political candidate is described as “conservative.” That’s consistent with surveys for several years but down slightly from 42% in January. Twenty-seven percent (27%) see conservative as a negative political label, up six points from the prior survey. Thirty percent (30%) rate it somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

“Tea Party” has suffered much worse. Considered a positive political label by 29%, 43% now think Tea Party is a negative description for a candidate. That’s a net rating of negative 14, making it the worst thing you can call a candidate. Twenty-three percent (23%) put it somewhere in between.

I wonder if the worst thing you can really call a politician is, well, a politician.

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2 thoughts on “What’s The Worst Thing You Can Call a Politician? Tea Party

  1. Chuck Grantham 31 Aug 2011 at 9:17 am

    This is because “tea party” equals “bigot”.

    “Bigot” means “believes some things are wrong and unacceptable”.

    In short, “tea party” means “has opinions and actually stands by them”.

    JIm, you’re so tea party.

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  2. wken 31 Aug 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I think, Chuck, that it’s more like, “tea party” means “obstructionist idiots who run around doing nothing but insulting people and protecting the rich.”

    A lot of conservatives, liberals, libertarians, progressives, etc. are solid in their opinions. But they’re not all as thoroughly blind to reality and incapable of rational conversation as the TPers have shown themselves to be.

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