Glenn Beck & the Tea Party – Really, Really Unpopular


Glenn Beck has been replaced by a show called “Five,” which includes Bob Beckel, Judge Napolitano, Andrea Tantaros, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino and occasional substitutes. Last week, “Five,” boring as it is, took the lead over its competitors (who are even more boring) with 220,000 viewers. In April, when Beck’s ratings were down, he was still pulling in 550,000 viewers. It apparently takes five TV personalities to meet less than half of Beck’s ratings at his worst.

I just listened to five minutes of “Five,” which is my limit, and Bob Beckel said the polls show people reject the tea party by a 2 to 1 margin.

The poll Beckel referred to is the CNN/ORC poll.

Trying to find out what the ORC in the CNN/ORC poll is about was fruitless as was trying to determine whether the calls were random or targeted more Democrats. It is curious that this group of responders favored the Democratic Party by 47%. Come on, we’re bankrupt, downgraded and in two new wars (Libya and Yemen).

The CNN poll results are from landline and cell calls made to 1,008 people on August 5-7 –

Favorable Unfavorable Never Heard of
Speaker Boehner 33% 40% 16%
Nancy Pelosi 31% 51% 9%
Mitch McConnell 21% 39% 27%
Harry Reid 28% 39% 21%
Democratic Party 47% 47% *
Republican Party 33% 59% 1%
Tea Party Movement 31% 51% 5%

Judging from these results, my suspicions are that CNN polled more Democrats, which is something they have done before. In the least, it is questionable that they polled likely voters.

Rasmussen polled 1,000 likely voters (they have a much clearer poll description than one will ever get from CNN) – “…Fifty-five percent (55%) of Likely U.S. Voters, in fact, say members of the Tea Party are not economic terrorists. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% believe Tea Party members have been terrorists during the budget debates, while another 16% are undecided.

Perhaps tellingly, while 53% of Democrats view Tea Party members as terrorists, 57% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree, as do 74% of Republicans…”

The results of the Rasmussen poll are also disappointing. The uncivil rhetoric from the left has been “off-the-charts nuts” and, yet, 53% of Democrats agree with it.

Those on the left who used vulgar and uncivil rhetoric, took over the Wisconsin Capitol, beat up people, threatened taking away First Amendment rights, et cetera are not terrorists, so why are the tea party called terrorists when they have done nothing like that?