Nashville, Tennessee (CNN) - One third of Americans have a favorable view of the Tea Party movement, but a plurality have no opinion at all, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 26 percent of the public has an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement and that four in ten have never heard of the movement or don't know enough to form an opinion. The poll's Friday morning release comes as what's being billed as the first national Tea Party convention begins its first full day of meetings Nashville, Tennessee.
Full results (pdf)
"The Tea Party movement is a blank slate to many Americans, which is not surprising for a political movement that is only about a year old," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Not surprisingly, opinion breaks along partisan and ideological lines."
According to the survey, Democrats by a two-to-one margin have an unfavorable view of the Tea Party movement; Republicans like it by a three-to-one margin. Among Independents, 35 percent of Independents holding a positive view and 24 percent a negative view.
On Saturday, Sarah Palin will serve as the convention's keynote speaker. The poll indicates that Americans are split on the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, with 43 percent seeing her in a positive light and 46 percent holding an unfavorable view.
"Opinion on Sarah Palin also breaks down along party lines, with seven in ten Democrats disliking her and seven in ten Republicans with a positive view of Palin. She has a net-negative rating among Independents: 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable," adds Holland. "She also continues to rate better among men than women."
The poll was conducted January 22-24, with 1,009 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Everyone has a right under the 1st ammendment to protest and peacefully gather....not just the liberals
The Tea Party "movement" just wants the administration to LISTEN to the people who elected them to office.
Pelosi, Reid, and most of the current administration THINK they know what is best for the American citizens and aren't really LISTENING to what mainstream America is saying.
America became a great nation because of her people and they need to be heard....
t costs money to run a crowded state like California, fraught with natural hazards like earthquakes and wild fires, hazards which are greatly compounded by the stupid decisions and policies of Californians.
Yet according to the Tea Party, all government services are either free or unneeded (and should be abolished) so that no one need pay taxes.
Instead each citizen should arm himself to the teeth and live in a fortress...mentally and literally.
Republicans call this "fiscal conservativism." Intelligent people call this "anarchy."
Perhaps this is not the message they want to show, but there are many Americans seeing the Tea Party movement as a bunch of disgruntled white people with racist undertones angry not only at the president because of his policies but also because he does not "look like them". In fact sometimes it's hard to tell a Tea Party rally from a Klan or Nazi rally. Plus this movement should have started when the out of control spending started and that date was NOT January 20, 2009.
The tea party is nothing more than a gathering of nuts, right wing nuts.
Tea Baggers, What a joke
These idiots don't even know what tea bagging is.
It fun watching the conservatives try so hard to make an impact and look like idiots in the process
I wonder where all these "activists" were when "W" was spending the surplus and not including the cost of the wars in the budget. When the recession started two years ago, these true Americans were surely very silent as the middle class went downhill.
Eat your heart out Keating Holland as Sarah Palin's favorables continue to improve positively in your polling while Mr. Obama's continue to go down. Bet it just kills ya and your biased, partisan network! Could not happen to a better network!