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

Poll: Tea Party says federal debt extremely serious threat

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/05/art.taxday.tea.jpg caption="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. MW

    I am glad to see that the Tea Party nut jobs care about the debt. They should walk to talk. Let's have them start by giving up their Medicare, Social Security, police protection, fire protection, roads, bridges, etc. So, come on tee tee party people – get with it.

    July 5, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Amunaka

    Ahhh Jeeeeze ..just when I thought the media had finally stopped their 24/7 love affair coverage and promotion of the TPers after their pathetic showing in DC on tax day......viola

    July 5, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Zyxoid

    What do these tea smoking wingnuts know about economics anyway? They can't tell the difference between normal and the off-the-wall stupidity most of them exhibit.

    July 5, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    END THE WARS NOW! $6 BILLION a month in foreign wars. The Tea Party demands an end to the wars NOW!

    July 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Paul

    Seriously? Bashing people with degrees? If you're too dull or lazy to put in four years, even if it's just at a community college, what could you possibly have to add to the conversation?

    July 5, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. bkgrandma

    July 5th, 2010 2:42 pm ET
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    I sure hope these tea party idots realize they are being used by the republicans and the likes of that loser Sarah Palin. Where were they when "W" was digging this country deeper and deeper in debt to pay for the Iraq war and at the same time giving tax cuts to the rich????

    July 5, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Linda

    Tea baggers=repulickkkans.

    July 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Actually the stimulus has created over 2.8 million jobs. Stop listening to the nuts at extreme media."

    Even if true–I haven't seen any reliable numbers–most of those jobs, by far, are non-productive jobs in state and local governments. Such jobs contribute nothing to the economy, but they consume the country's resources, so they're essentially parasitic.

    July 5, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Eric

    what percentage are the tea party people?

    from the Gallup article:
    "Thirty percent of Americans identify as Tea Party supporters, 28% are opponents, and 36% are neutral to the movement, according to combined data from three USA Today/Gallup polls conducted in March, May, and June 2010."

    Statistically, as many oppose the tea party directly, don't we get a voice too CNN, or is common sense not entertaining enough?

    July 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Robert in GA

    Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

    July 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Larry

    They're right!

    If we get the debt under control we can afford to get the teabaggers some dental work!

    July 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    On this particular thing, they are correct...
    HOWEVER, the two problems I see are that thy attempt to lay the entire problem at the feet of the current President and their "solutions" are more tax cuts for the rich and fewer services for the poor and under employed.
    I don't see that they have properly assessed or attributed blame nor have they offered any reasonable logical solutions.

    July 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Yes, Tori in Texas, entitlements including Social Security and Medicare, should be phased out, and the money taxed away from individuals to support these programs should be returned to those individuals.

    And, yes, we should bring our troops home. The US has no business meddling in the affairs of other countries.

    July 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Rob

    What a bunch of losers. Where was the Tea Party and all these concerns when Bush was in office and screwing everything up?

    July 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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