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Gallup: Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low

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Orlando, FL

#1 Oct 6, 2013
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low

Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it

by Lydia Saad

PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today's 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.

In November 2010, days after the Republicans recaptured the majority in the House of Representatives, 32% of Americans pledged support for the Tea Party, or 10 percentage points higher than in the latest survey, conducted Sept. 5-8.

Opponents of the Tea Party now outnumber supporters 27% to 22%, which is similar to their edge in 2012. However this differs from most of Gallup's earlier measurements, in 2010 and 2011, when supporters and opponents were either equally matched, or Tea Party backers had the slight edge.

Fully half of Americans, 51%, currently say they are neither a supporter nor an opponent of the Tea Party, or they have no opinion about it.

Strong Tea Party Opponents Outnumber Strong Supporters

In addition to their overall advantage in numbers, opponents of the Tea Party also lead supporters in intensity. The majority of Tea Party opponents call themselves strong opponents, while supporters are evenly divided as strong and not strong supporters. The net result is that 17% of Americans consider themselves strong opponents of the Tea Party, contrasted with 11% who are strong supporters, similar to the balance seen in 2011.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/164648/tea-party-s...

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Laci

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#2 Oct 7, 2013
Even the Republicans aren't embracing the tea party - most are distancing themselves.

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goose

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#3 Oct 7, 2013
When a conservative pollster like Gallup says that tea party support has dwindled to near record lows among the American people, you KNOW it is true!

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#4 Oct 8, 2013
goose wrote:
When a conservative pollster like Gallup says that tea party support has dwindled to near record lows among the American people, you KNOW it is true!
Very true. And Gallup had a 5 point Republican bias in last years election on top of it all.

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Dr Joseph Montante

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#5 Oct 8, 2013
Laci wrote:
Even the Republicans aren't embracing the tea party - most are distancing themselves.
If the GOP ever wants to win an election again what choice to they have?

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Republican Free Fall

Chantilly, VA

#6 Oct 11, 2013
What's the good news for Republicans in the poll? There is no good news.

* Approval ratings: While President Obama's approval rating improved after GOP lawmakers shut down the government, Republican support has collapsed. In the new poll, 70% of Americans disapprove of the way in which GOP lawmakers are doing their jobs. Republicans have reached a level of unpopularity unseen in the history of the poll.

* Shutdown: Asked who bears responsibility for the shutdown, a 53% majority blame congressional Republicans. Less than a third (31%) blame the president.

* "Obamacare": Despite the difficulties the Affordable Care Act has encountered since the open-enrollment period began, support for the law has increased.

* Generic ballot: Democrats enjoy an eight-point advantage in the congressional midterm elections (47% to 39%), as compared to a three-point advantage last month (46% to 43%).

* Government activism: By a 52% to 44% margin, Americans believe the government should do more, not less, to solve problems. In June, the results were evenly split.

* Patriotism: A 70% majority believe congressional Republicans are "putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country."

Republican pollster Bill McInturff added, "These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf."

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Tea Party

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#7 Oct 14, 2013
Even most Republicans no longer want any association with the Tea Party. They are done as a political force.

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Susan

Atlanta, GA

#8 Oct 16, 2013
What's the good news for Republicans in the poll? There is no good news.

* Approval ratings: While President Obama's approval rating improved after GOP lawmakers shut down the government, Republican support has collapsed. In the new poll, 70% of Americans disapprove of the way in which GOP lawmakers are doing their jobs. Republicans have reached a level of unpopularity unseen in the history of the poll.

* Shutdown: Asked who bears responsibility for the shutdown, a 53% majority blame congressional Republicans. Less than a third (31%) blame the president.

* "Obamacare": Despite the difficulties the Affordable Care Act has encountered since the open-enrollment period began, support for the law has increased.

* Generic ballot: Democrats enjoy an eight-point advantage in the congressional midterm elections (47% to 39%), as compared to a three-point advantage last month (46% to 43%).

* Government activism: By a 52% to 44% margin, Americans believe the government should do more, not less, to solve problems. In June, the results were evenly split.

* Patriotism: A 70% majority believe congressional Republicans are "putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country."

Republican pollster Bill McInturff added, "These numbers lead to one inescapable conclusion: The Republicans are not tone deaf; they are stone deaf."

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Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#9 Oct 16, 2013
The tea party got what they deserve for trying to sabotage America.

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goose

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#11 Oct 17, 2013
When a conservative pollster like Gallup says that tea party support has dwindled to near record lows among the American people, you KNOW it is true!

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Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#13 Oct 18, 2013
background noise wrote:
Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low
Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it
by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today's 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.
In November 2010, days after the Republicans recaptured the majority in the House of Representatives, 32% of Americans pledged support for the Tea Party, or 10 percentage points higher than in the latest survey, conducted Sept. 5-8.
Opponents of the Tea Party now outnumber supporters 27% to 22%, which is similar to their edge in 2012. However this differs from most of Gallup's earlier measurements, in 2010 and 2011, when supporters and opponents were either equally matched, or Tea Party backers had the slight edge.
Fully half of Americans, 51%, currently say they are neither a supporter nor an opponent of the Tea Party, or they have no opinion about it.
Strong Tea Party Opponents Outnumber Strong Supporters
In addition to their overall advantage in numbers, opponents of the Tea Party also lead supporters in intensity. The majority of Tea Party opponents call themselves strong opponents, while supporters are evenly divided as strong and not strong supporters. The net result is that 17% of Americans consider themselves strong opponents of the Tea Party, contrasted with 11% who are strong supporters, similar to the balance seen in 2011.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/164648/tea-party-s...
I notice that this is a Gallup poll - Gallup is famous for its conservative bias, and for them to put out a poll saying that tea party support is rapidly dropping means that the actual numbers are even more anti tea party.

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Schmahl Spew

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#14 Oct 19, 2013
Arch on Larch wrote:
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I notice that this is a Gallup poll - Gallup is famous for its conservative bias, and for them to put out a poll saying that tea party support is rapidly dropping means that the actual numbers are even more anti tea party.
America is ready to throw most of the tea party elected officials out of public office.

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Awful Truth

Lombard, IL

#15 Oct 20, 2013
The Dems are poised to make major gains in Congress next year.

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Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#16 Oct 21, 2013
This is the best thing that could happen to America. Now we'll get real patriots back in Washington after we send the tea party fools packing.
IrishMN

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Oct 25, 2013
The damned Gallup poll is biased - they oversample Democrats! Their poll is wrong!
goose

Chicago, IL

#19 Oct 25, 2013
That's funny! Gallup proved that they are biased in favor of the Republicans again in 2012. Yet even THEY say that the tea party in particular and Republicans in general are losing support in a big way.
Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#20 Nov 8, 2013
The tea party fad is over.

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