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.
Comments: Author notes in subhead that ´Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it. After I saw how the GOP treated Cruz, I believe her.
I hope Gallup is wrong. My concern is that more and more citizens believe that every problem or concern they have can be fixed by a new law. The Tea Party is still alive but needs a strong showing in 2014. The msm along with the Democrats will continue to portray us as bigots, racists and homophobes. How I loathe the msm.
Being falsely accused of being racist, and every other bad thing the liberals and msm can think of, this Granny will still support the TEA party platform..quietly. And do her work for the good of America, underground. Trust me, voters are simmering and ticked off. Never saw people so motivated.
I would not tell a pollster my feelings about the nebulous Tea Party especially since Obama and company are willing to use the IRS to attack Obama´s political enemies. Why add your name to the Little Dictator´s list?
Baloney! I didn´t read the article because I have better reading on this site than a Gallup Poll. I don´t know if they revealed WHERE they took this Poll. Probably in New York City or some extremely Blue State. That said, a lot of folks aren´t going to SAY they are a member of a Tea Party just like most folks don´t admit to being a gun owner. They´re AFRAID of their GOVERNMENT!
FTA: Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party
That´s because there is no single clear concise official nationwide definition of what the Tea Party is. Regionally or demographically , it means different things to different people. Had Gallup asked instead whether or not Americans describe themselves as supporters of limited government I suspect the results would be completely different.
The Saul Alinski tactics have been so visibly and badly overused by the obama administration and their MSM lapdogs that it has turned many people into experts who have never even read "Rules For Radicals." When the time comes for serious action, the number of TEA Party Patriots out here will suprise even us. "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."
Polling relies on two assumptions for accuracy. The first is that the sample is representative. The second is that people tell the truth. Whenever a group is stigmatized those assumptions may no longer apply. Members decline to be polled or they give the socially accepted opinion.
I suspect a poll that avoided the term Tea Party and instead asked more detailed questions about the issues would find huge levels of support for the Tea Party platform.
We don´t have an "organized" Taxed Enough Already [TEA] Party here, but any time citizens are needed to go up against our newly elected because the voters wanted "change," Tax Hike Minded very Leftist City Counsel, enough citizens turn out to cause City Counsel meetings to go into the wee hours, and that Leftist counsel is being fought against at every turn in this very Conservative city.
So like I said, I don´t know any particulars of any organized TEA Party, but I know the number of citizens who believe they are Taxed Enough Already are not dwindling here.
And by the Way, Gallup, it´s TEA Party --not Tea Party. You can´t even get that right.
Tea Party support dwindles but support for Obama declines. Guess we can be Conservatives without joining a "Party". Check back in 4 months after millions of Americans have received their Health Care plan cancellation from their current plan and are left hanging. The journalist Michelle Malkin has posted the cancellation she has already received on her blog site.
I believe the IRS had something to do with that. The intent was to shut down these groups and make them ineffective for the 2012 elections and it worked. The media and every liberal has labeled the tea party as racist and that is another way to shut them down.
They can´t shut down my heart. I love the USA! We are a good country even if we are being led by ineffective leaders.
I greatly prefer to be underestimated by my adversaries. I was a constitutionalist who even identified with the Gasden flag decades before any Tea Party talk or identity. I remain so but probably don´t get counted in any measure of the strength of the tea party.
#17, that´s the problem. A bunch of splinter groups with differing goals accomplishes little. The Tea Party should have unified, with a list of explicitly defined agreed-upon goals.
As it is, anyone can claim to be a Tea Party candidate, like the Democratic shill who running against McConnell in Kentucky now. Same thing happened in NY state a few years ago. A Republican was running for Congress, looked slated to win, so the Democrats persuaded one of their own to run as the "Tea Party" candidate. The fake Tea Party candidate drew enough votes so that the Democrat won.
Support dwindles to near-record low?...This article makes about as much sense to me as Adolf Schicklgruber´s observation concerning Germany´s invasion of the old USSR..."You only have to kick in the door and whole rotten structure will come crashing down."...Really?
With the reports about IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups and supporters, I´m amazed that 22% would admit they support them. I hope they continue to think there´s no support, it makes it all the more delicious to see their faces on the day after the 2014 elections.
You can always make what you want of ststisics. The average American is half man, half women. Picture that! See this artcle for a different interpretation- same data impartial view: http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/09/opposition-to-tea-party-drops-to-near-record-low/
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