By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) - Our brand new CNN/ORC International poll of Republicans across the country has some fascinating numbers on tea party activists. Some of these numbers probably will surprise you.
For one thing, Republicans are almost evenly divided between those who identify with the tea party movement and those who don’t. We asked Republicans: “Are you an active member or a supporter of the tea party movement?”
Of the respondents, 49% said yes; 51% said no. It doesn’t get a whole lot closer than that.
The poll also showed that tea party Republicans are more educated, older and more “born again” than non-tea party Republicans. More men also identify themselves as tea party Republicans.
Here are the specifics:
- Some 64% of tea party Republicans are college educated, compared with 53% of non-tea party Republicans.
- When it comes to age, 60% of tea party Republicans are 50 or older, compared with 42% of non-tea party Republicans.
- As for religion, 46% of tea party Republicans identify themselves as “born again,” compared with 40% of non-tea party Republicans.
- And 62% of tea party Republicans are male, compared with 45% of non-tea party Republicans.
The tea party movement in the United States is still relatively new. We are learning a lot more about these activists. I think it’s fair to say we have a lot more to learn, especially as we gear up for the 2012 election.
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