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Just how Tea-Party-friendly is Massachusetts?

Posted by Jesse Singal  October 8, 2010 02:28 PM

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teapartybro2.jpg Earlier this week Rob wrote that "it would be wrong to think of the [Tea Party] movement as an insignificant part of the Commonwealth's political makeup," given polls showing sizable minorities of Massachusetts residents say they support the movement (25 percent, according to a Globe poll) or think it is good for the country (39 percent, according to Rasmussen). And 13 percent of Bay State residents say they consider themselves to be Tea Partiers.

I was curious about how these numbers stacked up to other states, so I got in touch with the folks at Rasmussen, who were kind enough to send over state-by-state data on two questions: "Consider Yourself Part of Tea Party Movement?" and "Is the Tea Party Movement Good or Bad for the country?"

As it turns out, the tea is merely lukewarm in Massachusetts.

I can't post the entire charts because they're behind a paywall, but here are the top and bottom five states, sorted by "yes" answers, on the first question:


And the second, sorted by "good" answers:


So while it would be foolish to write off the Tea Party movement here given that a full quarter of Massachusetts residents say they support it, it's clear that the state is at or near the bottom of the nation when it comes to overall Tea Party enthusiasm.

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