UW professor: Tea Party supporters racist, sexist, homophobic


WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: A Tea Party supporter hold sign as they participate during a "Hands Off My Health Care" rally at the Upper Senate Park March 27, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

SEATTLE - A University of Washington political science associate professor who conducted research on the tea party said through observations, supporters “tended to be more racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and anti-Obama.”

Professor Christopher Parker was interviewed by columnist Ezra Klein of The Washington Post on Wednesday about the research.

In 2010, Parker noticed opposing views on the tea party.

Survey data was collected in 2011 from 13 states, 10 of which were battleground states in 2010. Content analysis from 42 tea party websites in 15 sites was looked at and compared it with the content of the National Review Online. The content looked

In the data, 76 percent of content on the National Review Online accounted for had about limited government, some about social conservatism and about national security. Compared to the, tea party websites, the content accounted for 30 percent.

Parker’s research also asked if people thought Obama was destroying the country. Seventy-one percent of tea party conservatives believed that and 6 percent of non-tea party conservatives believed that.

To read more on Parker’s interview and research, click here.

Parker is a co-author of the book “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America,” which has surveys and content analyses to understand how the tea party differs from the Republican Party.