Surprise, surprise! Not. Pew’s latest report on religion and the Tea Party shows Tea Party support to be centrally located in the community of white evangelicals, who are five times more likely to agree than disagree with the T.P. agenda. By contrast, the Nones (those Pew insists on calling “Unaffiliated”) are three times more likely to disagree than agree. The fact that the Tea Party puts tax-and-spend issues on its banner doesn’t mean that they’re libertarians. It means that they’re the same old conservatives with a different banner.
What some survey researcher needs to do now is ask the worship attendance question and cross tabulate it with Tea Party support. Then we’ll be able to compare frequent and less frequent attenders across all denominations, and see exactly what the Tea Party God Gap looks like.