Friday, June 28, 2013

Tea Party more feared than Radical Islam

Among those who Strongly Approve of the president, more fear the Tea Party
than radical Muslims.

Poll of US: 51% Radical Muslims biggest threat to  US today
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Half of all voters consider radical Muslims the bigger terrorist threat
facing the nation, but supporters of President Obama consider the Tea Party
to be as big a danger.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely
U.S. Voters consider radical Muslims to be the bigger threat to the United
States today. Thirteen percent (13%) view the Tea Party that way, and
another 13% consider other political and religious extremists to be the
larger danger. Six percent (6%) point to local militia groups. Two percent
(2%) see the Occupy Wall Street movement as the bigger terrorist threat. (To
see survey question wording, click here.)

However, among those who approve of the president’s job performance, just
29% see radical Muslims as the bigger threat. Twenty-six percent (26%) say
it’s the Tea Party that concerns them most. Among those who Strongly Approve
of the president, more fear the Tea Party than radical Muslims.

As for those who disapprove of Obama’s performance, 75% consider radical
Muslims to be the bigger terrorist threat. Just one percent (1%) name the
Tea Party.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 22-23, 2013 by
Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points
with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys
is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Interestingly, while the Occupy movement was allegedly targeting the “one
percent”, upper income Americans are more likely than others to see the Tea
Party as the bigger terror threat. Among those who earn six-figure incomes,
21% consider the Tea Party the bigger threat, while just two percent (2%)
say the same of the Occupy movement. Among Americans who earn less than
$30,000 a year, 12% see the Tea Party as the bigger threat, and seven
percent (7%) say that description best applies to the Occupy movement.

The Tea Party received a boost in popularity earlier this year following
revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted it and other
conservative groups. Most voters believe the targeting was politically
motivated and that the decision was made in Washington.

Conservatives overwhelmingly see radical Muslims as the greater terror
threat. Liberals are fairly evenly divided between radical Muslims and the
Tea Party.

Twenty percent (20%) of government workers see the Tea Party as the nation’s
bigger terror threat. Twelve percent (12%) of private sector workers hold
that view.

Most voters today believe the federal government is a threat to individual

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters think it is at least somewhat likely
that terrorist groups will soon gain access to nuclear weapons, including
34% who feel it is Very Likely.

However, 57% believe economic challenges represent the biggest threat to the
United States. Half as many (27%) see terrorist attacks as the biggest

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