Poll: Tea Party support continues to hurt
April 29th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Tea Party support continues to hurt

(CNN) – The Tea Party movement has grown more unpopular among Americans with nearly half now seeing it in an unfavorable light, according to a new poll. The sentiment will be closely watched by both sides of the aisle for its potential influence as the 2012 presidential campaign gears up.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 47 percent of Americans view the Tea Party movement in an unfavorable light while 33 percent hold a favorable view.

Sixty percent of Republicans support the Tea Party while 73 percent of Democrats feel negatively towards the movement.

The 14-point gap between the parties is the largest since Gallup started following American views of the Tea Party in March of 2010. At that point, 40 percent of Americans had an unfavorable take on the group while support was at 37 percent.

Results of a CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted in March found the same sentiment as the new Gallup poll. Forty-seven percent of all responders viewed the Tea Party in an unfavorable light, a rating that had dropped five points since December.

The Tea Party originated in early 2009 as a protest movement against the Troubled Asset Relief Program and in opposition of the federal stimulus plan passed through Congress the same year. Tea Party activists helped Republicans gain back control of the House during the midterm elections and the grassroots movement built a strong base during the past two years.

The USA Today/Gallup poll surveyed 1,013 adults by telephone from April 20th to the 23rd and has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The CNN poll surveyed 1,023 American adults by telephone from March 11th to March 13th, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The tea party has an unfavorable view which they themselves created in the most ugly and negative way, it's like they hatched from some type of time capsule into the 21st century and they want to go back.

    April 29, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. a in austin

    the tp started with freedom works, koch brothers funding, etc. – gobp would like you to believe it was grassroots – NOT!

    April 29, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. C. Howe Yulikit

    The Tea Party are made up of extremely spoiled and stupid conservative Republicans who renounced their party affiliation during GWB's debacle of a Presidency out of embarrassment and concern that he wasn't conservative enough. They are irrelevant and will be handed their collective tin foil hats in 2012.

    April 29, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. David

    People may finally be seeing that the former grass roots movement has been hijacked by the neo-cons like Palin and Beck. The Tea party has now become a movement of GOP talking points. Not what this movement started out as. Remember in the beginning it was a mix of people sick of the establishment. Not anymore. Time to back a serious third party or someone like Ron Paul that is not a neo-con establishment kook that is owned by the bankers and corporations. Untiol then, the slide will continue. Count on it.

    April 29, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The Main St. TEA Partyers allowed themselves to run over by the Republican Party. They had thought that they found a common thread, hate Obama. Now they are married at the hip, and each party realizes they utmost priorities are diametrically opposed.

    April 29, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    The only people the TP hurt are the republicans that kissed up to them in order to get their support. Now they are stuck with them and their opinion will definitely have a say in the GOP nominee. Good luck GOP'ers. Trying to extract yourself from this bunch of yahoos is not gonna happen

    April 29, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    They're firmly imbedded in the HOUSE of DELEGATES which makes the financial rules and laws for this country. It's time to vote them out - 2 YEARS WAS 2 YEARS TOO LONG FOR THEIR FINANCIAL DESTRUCTION AND DEGRADATION OF OUR ONCE GREAT COUNTRY.

    April 29, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Where are the jobs they promised?

    All I've heard about is abortion, cut medicare, lower taxes for the wealthy.

    2 YEARS WAS TOO MUCH -– VOTE THEM OUT IN 2012.

    April 29, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. LovesIrony

    there seems to be a lot of mad hatters at the tea party

    April 29, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Linda C - AZ

    Long live the Tea Party!

    April 29, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. SayWhat

    GOP, Tea Party, ignorance and selfishness. Can't wait for 2012 elections for the American public to clean (the) House.

    April 29, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    The Tea Party is one of the reasons why the GOP will fail in taking back the White House. The Tea Party's vision for an America is too cynical and heartless to be acceptable to a majority of voters.

    April 29, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. pprty

    teaparty people don't know what to believe so they get behind anyone with a huge ego & loud mouth to speak hate and ignorant threats for them hoping it will somehow make them look good – – FAIL

    April 29, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Dave

    Well, the fact that the Tea Party is full of of ignorant, dumb simpletons may contribute to its low ratings. I don't know... Just a hunch...

    April 29, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Adalbert

    The American tee party is laughing stock of the world. They are nothing but a huge embarrassment.

    April 29, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Ex-GOP Con

    The TEA party represented the far right phony conservative faction of the GOP that nearly killed the party. They spent like crazy under the guise of "we're fiscal conservatives...really"...and grew government in an attempt to legislate religion. REAL conservatives don't just believe in reduced spending and limited government but they actually act on it.

    April 29, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that most of them don't know what the Federal government does and how the local services provided are partially paid from Federal funds. I don't think these people really know what is going on. I want to know where these people were during George W(oman) Bush's terms when he over spent and streached the reach of the Federal government.

    April 29, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. vet in texas

    "turn out the lights the parties over" – Willie Nelson

    "They are what we thought they were" – Coach Denny Green

    April 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Tea party views nice to hear but practically hard to follow. I am glad democrats handle the tea party well they took short team defeat they plan the long term victory. But republicans took the opposite direction

    April 29, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Is this statistic all that surprising to you all

    Sixty percent of Republicans support the Tea Party while 73 percent of Democrats feel negatively towards the movement.

    April 29, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Ancient Texan

    The liberals have been giving the Tea Party members the same disgusting treatment they've given to Palin and other conservative women. But the Tea Party is alive and well and don't care what the democrats think. They'll be super effective at the polls in 2012.

    April 29, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    And I repeat, is this statistic reported by the most left leaning 'news reporting organization' a surprise. Time may heal this but I doubt it.

    Sixty percent of Republicans support the Tea Party while 73 percent of Democrats feel negatively towards the movement.

    April 29, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Ken, AZ

    To understand what the Tea Party is all about just look at what's happening in Michigan (Martial Law), Wisconsin & Ohio. Is that what less government is suppose to look like?

    April 29, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Sixty percent of Republicans support the Tea Party while 73 percent of Democrats feel negatively towards the movement.

    The 14-point gap between the parties is the largest since Gallup started following American views of the Tea Party in March of 2010"

    Fuzzy math. 60% of GOPers support the Tea-abled. 73% of Dems disapprove of the Tea-abled....which means, if yuo assume the inverse, that 27% of Dems either support the Tea-abled or don't really give a crap about the loons. That means there's at least a 23% difference, not 14%.

    April 29, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Reggie from LA

    I see a lot of "gray" in just this one picture, let alone the viral newscasts and "youtube-esque" depictions. I wonder if they are willing to let Paul Ryan have their Medicare and Ron Paul or other, have their Social Security. I don't hear much from them on these issues. Only big government and anti Obama rhetoric. Their "constitutional" motives are disengenuous and the only thing they offer up is noise and "ANTI". Their dog whistling obviously resonates, but their platform is weak, transparent and bought an paid for.

    April 29, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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