Christian News, Tea Party, politics, Election 2010
Members of the Tea Party movement tend to be Christian conservatives, not libertarians, and are more likely than even white evangelical Christians to say the United States is a Christian nation, a detailed new study has found.
More than half of self-identified Tea Party members say America is a Christian nation, while just over four out of 10 white evangelicals believe that – the same as the proportion of the general population that says so.
“We found actually that among the Tea Party, rather than being libertarians, at least on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, they’re actually social conservatives,” the survey’s lead author, Robert Jones, said Tuesday.
Despite the headlines the Tea Party movement has generated with their candidates upsetting mainstream Republican candidates in primary races from Delaware to Nevada, it is only half the size of the Christian conservative movement, Jones said.
“We found that the Tea Party movement makes up a significant number. One in 10 Americans consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, that’s not insignificant,” he said. “But it is half the size of those who consider themselves part of the Christian conservative movement or the religious right,” he said.
The details come from the American Values Survey, released Tuesday by the Public Religion Research Institute.