Tea Party Overlaps With Religious Right: Poll

Half of Tea Partiers identify as Christian conservatives
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2010 9:12 PM CDT
Ken Sell holds up a sign during the 'Uni-Tea' Tea Party rally at Independence Mall in Philadelphia on Saturday July 31, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

(Newser) – The Tea Party and the religious right have a complex, overlapping relationship, a new poll on conservative trends found. Half of those who identified as members of the Tea Party also considered themselves part of the Christian right, a poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found. Overall, 11% of the approximately 3,000 respondents identified with the Tea Party movement, while 22% described themselves as Christian conservative, reports the Washington Post.

One difference found between the two overlapping groups came on the subject of media: 57% of Tea Partiers said Fox News was the best source for "accurate information about politics and current events," while 39% of Christian conservatives said so.

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