Economics was a chief topic of concern in the November elections, but other issues were factors. Many Americans said that security was a concern as they cast their votes.
However, one group of voters was keenly concerned with security, polls are showing. That group was comprised of Americans who consider themselves Tea Partiers.
How important is security? Security is one of the 10 core American values, as I documented in four national surveys and write about in United America. The value of security means keeping the nation safe and secure from internal and external threats. The value of security is a constant, but threats change from time to time. For example, Ebola is a new threat. Terrorism is a continuing threat, though it waxes and wanes. And it appears to be waxing for Tea Partiers.
How scared are Tea Partiers? On Fear of Terrorism—Only 11% of Americans are very concerned that they or family member will be a victim of terrorism, according to the post-election poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. But 24% of Tea Partiers are very concerned. Just a third of all Americans (33%) are very or somewhat concerned, but more than six of ten (61%) Tea Partiers are very or somewhat concerned.
On Fear of Ebola—Only 7% of Americans are very worried that they or a family member will contract Ebola, but twice as many Tea Partiers (14%) are very worried. Just over two of ten Americans (22%) are very or somewhat worried, but a third of Tea Partiers (32%) are very or somewhat worried that they or a family member will get Ebola.
Why are Tea Party members so much more worried than Americans in general?
Did worries about terrorism or Ebola factor into your vote this month?
How important is the value of security for you?
Your viewpoint is important!
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