Iowa poll: Born-again Republicans less angry, less distrustful than Tea Party

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Donald Trump speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr creative commons. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/17211912343/

Donald Trump speaking at the Iowa Republican Party's 2015 Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr creative commons. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/17211912343/

Most Iowa Republican caucus-goers are conservative, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all alike. According to a new poll, Tea Party Republicans in Iowa are a lot like religious conservatives—with anger issues.

A new Quinnipiac University poll of likely Republican caucus voters shows some of the differences between the Tea Party and the born-again base of the GOP. In a Venn Diagram, the two groups would overlap, but not completely. On most issues, both support the same political positions. The difference is in their demeanor.

Here are three ways born-again Christians and the Tea Party are different.

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1. Huckabee vs Trump

Born-again Christians are Mike Huckabee’s base. They give him high approval ratings. They’re much less enamored with Donald Trump. Tea Party voters, in contrast, are Trump’s biggest supporters.


READ Poll: Trump leads among born-again base of GOP


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2. Government Shut-down over Planned Parenthood

Both camps are strongly against abortion and dislike Planned Parenthood. The vast majority of both groups say that the federal government should no longer fund Planned Parenthood. The difference lies in how willing they are to make defunding a make-or-break issue. A majority of Republicans in Iowa oppose forcing a government shut-down over defunding Planned Parenthood. Born-again voters are tip towards a government shut-down. Tea Party voters are the ones who are the most willing to force a shut-down, with two-in-three supporting such a strategy.


READ Iowa Republicans prefer Carson to Trump


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3. Feelings toward federal government

Why is the Tea Party so in favor of Trump and a possible shut-down? Anger and distrust of the federal government. No group in the GOP loves what the federal government is doing. But while other Republicans say they are “dissatisfied but not angry” with the federal government, a majority of the Tea Party says they feel “angry” when they think of how the federal government works. The Tea Party, more than born-again Christians and other Republicans are more likely to say they “hardly ever” trust the federal government to do what is right.

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  • Alison

    Finally someone explains the difference! thank you.

  • Billysees

    Interesting comparisons.

  • Be Brave

    Mike Huckabee should return to Church. As in running one. He will be far more effective in making the world a better place as a Pastor or in a leadership position in a Mega Church.

    His theology is accurate and his goals are Gospel based.

    He is wasting time on the world and its ways trying to get a majority of secularized zombies to turn to Christ. Not even Paul or Peter though (or taught) that that could happen.

    Huckabee could snatch many more people from the fire by preaching and leading in a healthy Church environment, than he can spinning his wheels in the oily mess of a depraved society.