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Poll Finds Key Differences Between Tea Party Republicans and Evangelical Conservatives

Poll Finds Key Differences Between Tea Party Republicans and Evangelical Conservatives

While Tea Party Republicans have a lot in common with evangelical conservatives, a recent poll found that Tea Party supporters are much more likely to express anger toward the government than evangelicals.

Charisma News reports that a new Quinnipiac University poll of Republican voters likely to vote in the Iowa caucus highlights some of the differences between Tea Party Republicans and born-again Christian voters.

The first polling question measured the favorability each group showed toward Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee. 

Charisma News reports that born-again Christians are Mike Huckabee’s base. They approve highly of him, while they are not as favorably disposed toward Donald Trump, whom Tea Party voters heavily support.

The second polling question measured the contrast between the views held by born-again Christians and Tea Party Republicans on the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.

While both groups support defunding Planned Parenthood, they tended to be divided over their approach to doing so. Tea Party voters were more likely to be on board with Ted Cruz’s plan to shut down the government if necessary in order to defund Planned Parenthood. Born-again Christians were leaning in the direction of supporting a government shutdown, but were less convinced on the issue.

Lastly, the poll measured the two groups’ feelings toward the federal government. Tea Party voters exhibited the most anger at the federal government because of their deep distrust of it. No GOP group believes the federal government is doing a good job, but evangelical Republicans stated they were “dissatisfied but not angry,” while Tea Party members tended to also hold feelings of anger when they think of the federal government. 

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Publication date: September 18, 2015