Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
January 31st, 2011
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Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role

Washington (CNN) - As the GOP on Capitol Hill continues the process of peacefully incorporating newly-elected Tea Party members into its fold, a new poll shows close to 90 percent of Republicans says its important the Tea Party's ideas are given significant weight within the party going forward.

According to the new survey from Gallup, 53 percent of Republicans say it's very important and another 35 say it's somewhat important their party embrace Tea Party principles. That compares to 7 percent of Republicans who say it's not too important the grassroots movement is given respect on Capitol Hill and 2 percent who flat out believe it's not important at all.

Expanded to all adults, the survey reports nearly seventy percent wan the Tea Party to play a key role within the GOP.

This comes nearly a week after one of the initial conflicts between the Republican Party and Tea members when two Republicans delivered a response to President Obama's State of the Union address.

One, Rep. Paul Ryan, did s on behalf of the GOP and the other, Rep. Michele Bachmann, followed suit on behalf of the Tea Party movement. The visual of two Republicans delivering separate responses to the president was a stark sign to some that the Tea Party movement has yet to fully embrace the GOP as their home.

Overall, Republicans are split on their approval of the movement, with 47 percent giving it a favorable and 42 percent saying they do not like it. Meanwhile, 30 percent of all Americans identify themselves as a supporter of the Tea Party movement.

The survey included telephone interviews with 1,032 adults between January 14-16 and carries a sampling error of 4 percentage points. In the questions broken down by party, the sampling error is 5 percent.


Filed under: Polls • Republicans • Tea Party movement
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. JD

    One can only hope they follow suit. I have no doubt that adopting far-right, extremist ideas that alienate the center will give them tremendous gains come 2012.

    January 31, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Republicans = Fascists

    There is going to be a civil war within the republican party. Moderate republicans will not be able to compromise with the democrats because the Teatard politicians are not going to compromise at all for what they believe in. Therefore, nothing will get accomplished and they'll be voted out in next year.

    January 31, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Expat American

    While the headline is somewhat deceiving 90 per cent is still very surprising... I had figured that this number would be significantly lower. This is a sad reflection on our nation; just as sad as the 8 years of Republican rule and Bush. This Tea Party does nothing but complain while offering no real or actual solutions and throws around terms like ‘Socialism’ and ‘Patriotism’ to hide their bigotry and racism.

    The world abroad laughs at the Tea Party….just like it laughed at McCain and the GOP the day Palin’s lower lip and chin came onto the scene.

    January 31, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Sees All Evil

    I guess the grand old party is over!

    January 31, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. nate lindsey

    I just hope the Tea Party don't forget that they don't represent the Majority of America.

    January 31, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. PalmReader

    I wonder if these same 90%ers approve of the Tea Party Express using Tuscon as a means of soliciting funds via e-mail directly after? At any rate, now that Cantor has attended his high priority hush-hush Koch meeting over the week-end, I suspect the Republicans won't have much say in whether they approve of the TeaPers, or not. Whatever the Koch's want, they'll be getting. Courtesy of CNN, of course ...

    January 31, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. fayse

    The GOP should be careful for what they ask for. The Tea Party is a spin off of the John Birch Society. If you don't believe that, look it up on the Internet. The name Koch is very noticable in the founding and supporting these groups.

    January 31, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Drew

    Ha...As if the Tea Party is not Republicans.

    This is a useless Poll......

    January 31, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Sniffit

    So here's what the TeaParty/GOPpers support:
    - Bush's tax cuts for the rich
    - Bush's MidEast policy which has now given us three wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt)
    - Bush's disdain for immigrants and those without healthcare

    Here's what intelligent people support
    - The rich paying their fair share
    - An end to the pointless wars and Peace in the Middle East
    - A comprehensive immigration policy and a public option in healthcare.

    Even my cocker spaniel could tell you which side is right.

    January 31, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. bo-D

    Good for the them they need any and all help

    January 31, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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