A new paper from three academics provides some of the most robust evidence to answer it. Put simply, the researchers found that a fear of the decline of white standing in the United States lies behind at least some degree of support for the tea party.
The researchers, led by Stanford University’s Robb Willer, used five different methods to get at the same question. They found the results surprisingly strong, and surprisingly consistent.
“It’s such a controversial finding and theory that we were testing that we really wanted to be sure we had it nailed down before we wrote it up,” Willer told The Huffington Post