Poll: Obama supporters think conservatives and libertarians are America's top terror threat

A Rasmussen poll shows that staunch Obama supporters believe that the Tea Party is a greater threat to the United States than Islamism or other ideologies and groups

by The Commentator on 30 June 2013 10:26


While half of those polled said they consider radical Muslims the bigger terrorist threat facing the United States, a significant number of supporters of President Obama told a Rasmussen poll that they consider the Tea Party to be as big a danger.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey has found that 51 percent of likely U.S. Voters consider radical Muslims to be the bigger threat to the United States today.

Thirteen percent said they view the Tea Party, a right-wing movement of conservatives and libertarians, in the same way. Another 13 percent said they consider other political and religious extremists to be the larger danger, and 6 percent pointed to local militia groups. Just 2 percent said they see the Occupy Wall Street movement as Americas bigger terrorist threat.

But the revelations that Obama supporters see Constitution-loving, small-government advocates as terrorists has drawn ridicule and anger from across the political divide. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Nile Gardiner, a US-based analyst said, "Some liberals have become so blinded by their hatred that they ludicrously see grassroots conservative groups defending the American Constitution as more dangerous than Islamist militants seeking to destroy the United States. Anyone opposed to their cause is a threat.

"This is irrational and deeply disturbing in a free society that has always cherished the cause of political freedom and open debate. It amply demonstrates just how extreme the American Left has become, and how out of touch it is with reality." 

Among those who approve of the President’s job performance, just 29 percent see Islamism as the bigger threat, while 26 percent said that it was the Tea Party that concerns them most. Among those who strongly approve of the Barack Obama, more fear the Tea Party than Islamism.

As for those who disapprove of Obama’s performance, 75 percent consider radical Muslims to be the bigger terrorist threat. Just one percent name the Tea Party. 

You can read Rasmussen’s full write-up for its report here.

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