Poll: On spending, non-tea party Republicans closer to Dems

A chart that sums up the vast gulf between “tea party” Republicans, and the rest of them:

Amazing. Now for the back story…

From Politics Daily:

The challenges facing the Republican leadership in the House as it contends with an 87-member freshman class composed of many outspoken conservatives and those who identify with the tea party movement have been on display the last few weeks, whether indemands for deeper budget cuts or in mini-revolts that, for now, resulted in defeats for what seemed like certain-to-pass legislation.

Those challenges are rooted not just in the attitudes of new members, but in Republicans and Republican-leaners around the country who say they agree with the tea party.

A Pew analysis of a survey it conducted Feb. 2-7 shows just how deep the divisions are when it comes to federal spending.

Pew found particularly sharp divides when it came to funding for education, Social Security and environmental protection.

Thirty-three percent of tea party adherents say they would cut education spending compared to 4 percent of non-tea party Republicans. Sixty-four percent of non-tea party Republicans would spend more on education while only 26 percent of tea party Republicans say the same.

Twenty-nine percent of tea party Republicans would decrease spending for Social Security compared to 12 percent of non-tea party Republicans. Forty-three percent of non-tea party Republicans would increase spending compared to 18 percent of tea party Republicans.

Sixty-eight percent of tea party Republicans would decrease spending for environmental programs compared to 23 percent of non-tea party Republicans. Thirty-one percent of non-tea party Republicans would spend more on the environment, compared to 9 percent of tea party Republicans.

A further illustration of the divide is that in these three areas of federal spending, there is less of a gap between non-tea party Republicans and Democrats than between non-tea party Republicans and Republicans who identify with the tea party.

According to Pew, just under half of Republicans say they identify with the tea party movement.

Few Pew Poll and analysis here.

Meanwhile, when it comes to budget cutting, Pew also founds it’s much more popular in theory than in fact.

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