July 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Tea Party says federal debt extremely serious threat

A new poll indicates that 61 percent of Tea Party movement supporters say the national debt is an extremely serious threat to the country.

A new poll indicates that 61 percent of Tea Party movement supporters say the national debt is an extremely serious threat to the country.

Washington (CNN) – It may be no surprise, but a new poll indicates that Tea Party supporters and those opposed to the movement don't see eye to eye on some of the top issues facing the nation.

According to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, 61 percent of self-described Tea Party movement supporters say that the federal government's debt is an extremely serious threat to the country, with only 29 percent of self-described Tea Party opponents saying that the debt is an extremely serious threat.

Forty-nine percent of Tea Party supporters say the size and power of the federal government is an extremely serious threat, with only 12 percent of Tea Party opponents agreeing.

Tea Party activists say one of the aims of their movement is to reduce the size and power of the federal government, and that's reflected in the poll. Eight out of 10 Tea Party supporters questioned say that the government is doing too much that should be left to individuals and business. That drops to 27 percent among Tea Party opponents. Only 17 percent of Tea Party activists say the government should be doing more to solve the nation's problems. That figure jumps to 64 percent among Tea Party opponents.

The survey also indicates that the concerns of Tea Party supporters are not that different from those of Republican voters.

The USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted May 24-25 and June 11-13, with 2,063 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

Filed under: national debt • Tea Party movement
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. carlos

    it is not even worth commenting......they are with an IQ below plant level

    July 5, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Karen

    I love it !!! Keep blaming Bush for the rest of Obamas term and it will backfire on you. People are so tired of hearing "Inherited" It is so unbelivable to me that all of you Hopey Changey Obama fanatics got exactly what you voted for. An amatuer politician that can't deliver on his liberal agenda.

    July 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Most Tea Partiers are coonskin cap-wearing illiterates, so most couldn't possibly know at what point the deficit is a threat and in what degree.

    July 5, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Marcus

    OK, is this news?
    Last time i checked the US government had NOT lied to its partners and financial institution all over the world about the state of the US economy, nor that it could do that for starters, like the Greek govt. did...
    So why they still use the horrible situation in Greece (and other European countries but Greece appears first) as a model as to what may happen to the USA if 'government's spending is not limited' or 'government size is not reduced'?
    Very different situations that led to similar economic problems... SIMILAR, not EQUAL.

    July 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Patriot

    But I guess it wasn't such a threat under W. huh?


    July 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. GuyinVA

    It's a well known fact that 86% of all statistics are false and/or misleading.

    July 5, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. billy

    They didn't seem to mind when Bush was president.

    July 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. malabar

    Dems only care about the deficit when a Republican is in office and vice versa. now do u have anythng NEW to report cnn? the parties and their platforms (to varying degree) on many issues, save for most social ones, are interchangeable depending on who is in power. its a 1 party rule really, just easier to gover when u pit the sheep against each other. so heartless repubs and lobotomized dems are really 1 big pile. nobody wants real change, where wud they focus their hate if thngs got done. meanwhile they get richer and more powerful. if u believe a clinton or bush wud prefer having u over for dinner instead of a politician frm the opposing party u are new to earth and hopeless. they stick together. wondrful theatre though. we're easy to placate

    July 5, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    They are polar opposites, the Tea Party Supporters are for a return to our roots of constitutional small government while their opponents are for big Socialist nanny state government. I believe the Tea Party, along with the Conservatives, Republicans and Independents that are terrified at what we are seeing from the PROGRESSIVE- SOCIALIST Obama administration will prevail in November.

    July 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. FM

    Hey, Tea Party supporters, you are talking about reducing the power of federal government; what about you start reducing the power of anyone who is incharge in each of your own household and see how it works!

    July 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Patsy, Texas

    How about the people who leave Congress after serving only six years
    go find their own health care plan and pension fund at some other job
    like most do. If we quit paying these yahoos lifetime health benefits
    and pensions after being on the job such a short time, we could save
    a boatload of money. If States want to keep sending the same old,
    same old back to Washington, then at some point it could be called
    "career", and pensions earned after, say, 20 years. I'm
    not an economist, but could'nt this be done? I'm sure someone out
    there will tell me where I'm wrong.

    July 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. KathyC in Minnesota

    What the TEA Party fails to realize than in the last 30 years, the National Debt of $12.4 TRILLION dollars INCREASED 79%

    Republican President Administrations INCREASED the National Debt by 60%.(Reagan, Bush, Bush)

    The Democratic Presidential Administrations.. 19%. That includes Carter, Clinton, Obama

    Their concern is on Obama, not the past Administration that went crazy with Tax Cuts for the rich, while spending like adrunken sailor.

    July 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Michael from Ventura

    These people have become a very bad joke. The debt is serious- but they continually refuse to see how it got so high. They prove themselves to be bigots,uneducated on Constitutional Law, and downright hateful. So glad America is finally catching on.

    July 5, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. DianeRPCFL

    Tea Partiers, who incessantly screetch and squawk about the threat of marixism and socialism, are the same people who looked the other way as George W. Bush turned us into a debtor-nation to a marxist/socialist government, China; and, sat idly by as he more than doubled our national deficit from $5.6 trillion when he took office in 2001, to $11.9 trillion when he left office 8 years later. Every time one of these hypocritical tea-bagging whiners opens their mouths, it just proves beyond a doubt they are nothing more than feculent-brained morons.

    July 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. ST

    The question the Tea Party should ask themselves is: Will investment which results in high expenditure done by the federal government, benefit the future generation or not? (for example a high speed train)!

    July 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. GL


    Since they were so silence for the last 8 years, their concerns are fake.

    Most American people find the Tea Baggers a serious threat to this country. They have no credibility because they were not screaming when Bush was financially wrecking this country and not one word from this racist fools.

    The only reason why they still have a voice is because the media like CNN AND FOX get giving them a voice.

    July 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Donald

    Hey pam u need to check the graphs again. Look at jobs lost before, during and now after. i know hard to believe huh. And what are the tea party solutions. that right the same talking points of the gop. grass roots right. lol

    July 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. GL

    cording to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, 61 percent of self-described Tea Party movement supporters say that the federal government's debt is an extremely serious threat to the country, with only 29 percent of self-described Tea Party opponents saying that the debt is an extremely serious threat.

    90 Percent of American think the self described Tea Baggers are an extremely serious threat and find them to be very racist and FAKE!

    Not one word from this racist clown when Bush the white man was running this country to the ground. TEA BAGGER = RACIST CLOWNS!

    July 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Ed FL

    The government could borrow the money from Pitiful Palin who is taking the Tea Party members and donators to the cleaners under the conception that she could be a legitimate ANYTHING. She will need plenty o0f cash to reimburse Alaska for her MISDEEDS. She knows a sucker when she sees one[or more].

    July 5, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Dave

    >Vic wrote: Tea party leaders, Fox news and radio talk show cost like >Rush Limbaugh scarring Americans. We know our country facing >problems but not that extend tea party and others say
    >We faces worst problems before we came out from those we will come >out
    >Americans are optimist they will reject tea party before November


    July 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. GL

    Denny July 5th, 2010 12:32 pm ET
    The Tea Party is the only grass roots group calling attention to the sorry state of our government and our economy. It's a lousy job but somebody has to do!

    Hey, Denny boy where were these Racist grass roots for the pass 8 years? NO WHERE TO BE FOUND!

    July 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    These tea-baggers, and most Repugs, will do anything to make Pres. Obama's policies fail. The don't care about turning the economy around. The don't acknowledge the advantage of jobs gained as opposed to three quarters of a million jobs lost the last month of W's rule. In May, the Census jobs didn't count because they were government jobs. In June, when they went away, they did count as jobs lost. Gotta love it.

    The Federal Government is the only hope for our country now; private business only cares about quick profit.

    July 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. brian in denver

    The Tea Party nut cases would themselves be a "serious threat to the country" if they weren't so laughably, pathetically ignorant.

    July 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    This group of racists which is the tea party gang need to get out of our country and they need to take Sarah and all her fox friends then this country would be a better place to live.

    July 5, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. BeverlyNC

    I bet not one tea bagger even knows what the national debt is nor that it was the Republicans who took it to its current level.
    They don't even know what "socialism" means yet yell for the govt to keep their hands on their Social Securty and Medicare! Sheer stupidity.
    They are also racists who have no clue President Obama has a genuis IQ and the country has completely been recovering month by month since he has been President. He is the one trying to give them what they say they want but they are so blinded with hate they can't see it.
    They are ignorant, old, white racists who are dangerous extremists and those among have been arrested by the FBI for death threats to Democratic leaders. They are all nutjobs and the media should quit covering this very small group of lunatics.

    July 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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