MyTeaParty.org was founded in 2010 by Scott W. Graves (@ScottWGraves) and promises to serve as an online portal of content and activity related to the tea party movement. With a domain that perfectly captures the spirit of the movement, it will be used as a tool to collaborate with leading grassroots organizations who wish to share their expertise in political activism, fundraising, event planning, social media, and activist training. Importantly, MyTeaParty.org will be focused on grassroots activism and the true community leaders who selflessly advance the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and individual liberty.
Towards that end, we are very excited about our first initiative; a collaboration to develop an online polling tool that will help the public and the media better understand the sentiment of the tea party movement as America approaches a critical presidential election cycle.
Tracking the Pulse of the Tea Party Movement
The 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll is a web application designed and developed by the The Liberty Lab (www.thelibertylab.com), a California-based software development firm focused on custom online development and emerging media consulting for free-market think tanks and clients in the center-right political arena.
Developed in the wake of an historic election, the poll was inspired by the success of websites like Facebook and FlickChart that have each contributed to our understanding of crowdsourced community ranking systems. Our team collaborated with Ryan Hecker (@RyanHecker), the grassroots tea party activist responsible for the highly successful Contract from America initiative. The result was a robust online polling tool that combines the fun of online gaming, the passion of tea party politics, the interactivity of social media, and the insights made possible by large data samples and sound methodology. We think you’ll agree, the results of our efforts are compelling.
The 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll is an innovative polling tool that offers more than just an indicator of tea party sentiment. By presenting users with dozens (or even hundreds) of matchup combinations and implementing a methodology that decreases the “gaming” influence of well-organized campaigns, the poll provides a deeper understanding of candidate preferences within the grassroots activist community.