Certain members and proponents of the tea-party movement may claim that diversity abounds among their ranks, but through the magic of polling, the Public Religion Research Institute has sketched out a shared belief system that bears resemblance to another, more established political coalition in the U.S. —KA
The survey found significant overlap between the Tea Party, made up mostly of Republicans, and the religious right, which has played a significant political role for decades.
“Members of the Tea Party are certainly potential supporters of a Christian conservative agenda,” said Robert Jones, an author of the study.
But Tea Party supporters report a stronger opposition to government than Republicans or Christian conservatives as a whole, Jones said.
Nearly half of those who identify with the Tea Party believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and a similar proportion thinks that public officials do not pay enough attention to religion, the survey found. They are more likely than the population as a whole to view America as a Christian nation.