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SteepThe Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party$
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Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274228

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274228.001.0001

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date: 25 September 2017

Of Mama Grizzlies and Politics

Of Mama Grizzlies and Politics

Women And The Tea Party

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(p.171) Chapter 7 Of Mama Grizzlies and Politics
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Steep
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Melissa Deckman

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274228.003.0008

This chapter offers a preliminary assessment of women who support the Tea Party. Using data from a cross-sectional, national survey jointly conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in July and August 2010, it analyzes how much support the Tea Party is drawing from women nationally. It also considers how Tea Party women differ from Republican women, specifically, and American women, more generally, in terms of their personal backgrounds, religious behavior, and political and policy leanings. Lastly, it compares Tea Party women with Tea Party men to uncover how or if the roots of their support for the movement differ. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the challenges that the Tea Party faces in reaching beyond a narrow slice of female supporters to recruit a broader segment of women to the movement.

Keywords:   Tea Party women, Republican women, conservatives, Tea Party men, American women, fiscal conservatism

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