The Coffee Party USA – now with 170,000 Facebook fans, by the way – is out with results from its first straw poll, this one on health care reform. The results are striking: 73% support health care reform but would strongly prefer that it include a public option, while another 17% support the current health care reform bill (without a public option). Only 8% of Coffee Party poll respondents outright oppose the current health care reform bill. In sum, we’re starting to see the ideological outlines of “Coffee Party” membership, and at least after the poll on health care reform, it’s looking highly progressive.
P.S. Needless to say, I presume that a similar poll of “Tea Party” members would come up with wildly different results.