Originally Posted by 'trane
hoodwinked by the fantasy of individual 'freedom'.
It is my personal experience that many who are pro-Tea Party are not, actually, very libertarian. Instead, their libertarianism is constrained to particular questions that are personally relevant or play some significant role in their identity.
Based on a limited sample, the study authors claim that the Tea Party could be summed up in a few different ideological views, including authoritarianism and nativism, which don't seem very libertarian to me.
The study aligns with my personal experience, so I'm willing to cut it more slack for not having a sufficiently representative sample.