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“They’re white. They’re older. And they’re angry.” But they still love their Social Security.

In Political world on April 15, 2010 at 7:41 am

There’s a sturdy bridge of common interest between mainstream America and conservative Tea Party supporters.

A new CBS/New York Times poll surveyed almost 1600 voters across the country, more than half of them self-described Tea Party supporters, to get a handle on the Tea Partiers’ views.

In short, they don’t like Obama, they detest Congress, they’re angry about health care reform, they’re afraid of socialism, but

62 percent say programs like Social Security and Medicare are worth the costs to taxpayers. (The figure is even higher among Americans overall, at 76 percent.)

That’s good news; there is a place where reasonable dialogue can begin.

Read more about the poll at and


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