The Tea Party, Establishment Republican Divide in 7 Charts

It’s not just climate change. There’s a gulf between the factions of the party on several issues.

National Journal
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Brian Resnick
Nov. 4, 2013, 12:33 p.m.

A sol­id ma­jor­ity of the tea party does not be­lieve in cli­mate change. Its mem­bers don’t be­lieve it is hap­pen­ing due to hu­man activ­ity, nor by nat­ur­al cli­mat­ic pat­terns bey­ond our con­trol. They don’t be­lieve there is “sol­id evid­ence,” des­pite the over­whelm­ing sci­entif­ic con­sensus on the is­sue. Very few of them, just 2 per­cent, say they un­sure about glob­al warm­ing.

But here’s the thing: Their views are in sharp con­trast with their fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans. Ac­cord­ing to a Pew poll re­leased Fri­day, while a ma­jor­ity (60 per­cent) of non-tea-party Re­pub­lic­ans be­lieve in cli­mate change, only 25 per­cent of tea parti­ers do. This has be­come a fa­mil­i­ar pat­tern. The tea party doesn’t look much like the es­tab­lish­ment Re­pub­lic­an base, in many re­gards. We com­piled some polls be­low in an in­ter­act­ive to demon­strate the di­vide. Click to see the dif­fer­ent per­spect­ives the tea party and non-tea party Re­pub­lic­ans have. (Note that dif­fer­ent or­gan­iz­a­tions may define “tea party” in slightly dif­fer­ent terms.)

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