WASHINGTON D.C. - The nation's largest tea party organization commissioned an independent poll to determine whether a national sample of Americans prefer tea party principles of limited government to liberal and progressive policies. 48 percent of those surveyed declared support for "tea party principles" of "limited government," "free markets" and "personal responsibility" over 21 percent "progressive, liberal principles" of "big government," "higher taxes," and "more spending."
"The mainstream media wrote our obituary after the November elections. Unfortunately for them, the tea party isn't going anywhere. One in two Americans is proud to identify with the limited government, lower tax agenda we've been fighting for," said Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net.
"Despite a relentless daily campaign waged against the Tea Party by the Establishment Media and Princes of Power in Washington, the people continue to embrace Tea Party principles. The American people still believe individual liberty and initiative are the dual engines that propel this great republic. This poll makes it clear that we are not 'old Europe' yet. We still have faith in our freedom. We still have faith in our constitution. The world's American Experiment of a free people will continue," added Niger Innis, Chief Strategist for TheTeaParty.net.
"At first, Washington politicians denied the Tea Party's very existence. They called us 'Astroturf'. When their liberal media allies could no longer censor-away the historic force of the tea party, they smeared us with every name in the book," said Bob Adams, the Capitol Hill Liaison for TheTeaParty.Net. "Now the Washington Establishment says 'the tea party is dead.' Nonsense. The tea party is stronger than ever. It's no coincidence those so desperate to marginalize the tea party are the very same liberals so desperate to marginalize America too. They'll fail on both counts."
The poll was conducted by independent polling firm NSON, Inc. (based in Salt Lake City, UT) with 500 live responses and a margin of error of 4.38%.