Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role
January 31st, 2011
08:42 AM ET
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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
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  1. AEK

    That's cool because 100% of Democrats want the Tea Party Express to be more involved with the Republican Party. Just like the Republicans wanted Nader and Green Party involved with the Democrats in 2000.

    January 31, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. Dan, MN

    To spread their poisoned garbage, after all, numbers matter. The more gullible that are sucked in by propaganda of fear and
    hate, unseen since Goebbels, the more chances of the Republicans winning power, which is all that matters to Republicans. But at the expense of those same gullible voters, of course. Wake up America.

    January 31, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    [Ninety percent of Republicans want Tea Party to play a role]

    BUT, the Tea Partiers ARE RepubliCAN'Ts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a NO STORY!!! It would be a catcher if Ninety percent of Democrats want the Tea Party to play a role................Jeez!!!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in order to WIN THE FUTURE!!!

    January 31, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Justin

    There never WAS a Tea Party, it was just a Republican front group. It allowed the Republican party to whip the most conservative base up while avoiding any responsiblity for the fallout – birthers, calls for "second ammendment remedies", "take our country back", etc. They used the Tea Party to further their own ends, and now the Tea Party is calling in their marker, much to the GOP's horror.

    January 31, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. JMP

    "Restore liberty and freedom...........but only to us."
    "Honor the Constitution....................the one we want revised (like our history books) to suit our agenda."
    "End the bailouts..............except to our buddies in Big Business."
    'No government run healthcare...unless it's the one Romney and the Repubs wanted passed decades ago."
    "Stop the out of control spending......especially for seniors and people out of jobs because our companies made a better bottom line shipping jobs overseas."

    Oh, did we mention this bus is brought to you courtesy of the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and Dick Armey with the help of their pseudo-grassroots organizations? Give me a break.

    January 31, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. diridi

    because, these GOP idiots are disguised in Tea the by, if we elect John Bohner as our leader, we Americans have to cry later...because, upfront, he is crying...then, he makes us cry....wake

    January 31, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    but I thought the Tea Party was NOT a branch of the GOP? Is this really a shock. The Tea Party has the Republicans by, to coin a phrase from Sarah Palin, the CAJONES and of course they are going to bow to them. It's probably the other 10% that don't want it that has to be worried because I'm sure the TP is gonna come after them.

    January 31, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Chris

    ...and 100 percent of Democrats want the Tea Party to play a role in the Republican Party

    January 31, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  9. Bassman

    While other networks (NBC) were trying to silence free speech, CNN advocated on behalf of American values. Some said The Tea Party would not last. Gov. Palin single handedly kept it alive with her numorous speeches. Only Palin could draw thousands to a Nevada desert. She deserves recognition for keepint it alive.

    January 31, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I would hope that these "tea party" people would understand what the government is currently doing and what it would mean for various people for these programs to stop. I have heard these people complain that there is too much government. Well, when they figure out who should be doing some of these social support programs and other functions, I'll be happy to listen more intently.

    January 31, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. TheTruth

    Translation: We want you to tell them the bad news about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Also how much of Defense needs to go.

    January 31, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    In this poll, did the individuals identify themselves as Tea Party? If this was not asked, then the results were skewed. The pollsters should have gotten a more representative sampling. Based on many of the Republicans I know and speak with daily (and there are a lot of them) they feel the Tea Party does not address any issues that they are concerned with and wishes they would go away and let the "grown-ups" do their jobs!

    January 31, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. mdn

    I thought the Tea Party was the conservative arm of the Republican party.

    January 31, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Rdepontb

    Believe me, so do most Democrats and certainly Independents. Who among us doesn't want a more efficient, responsive, and accountable government? The only point of pity is that the Sharon Angles and Bachmanns get all the attention-that is, the Tea Party has become a set of individual personalities in most people's eyes, rather than seen as a set of principles.

    January 31, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP is afraid of a party split.

    January 31, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Yep and 90% of the Germany People wanted the Nazi's to have a major role in their government, a decision they would later regret.

    January 31, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Hey, GOP rank-and-file, catch a clue: The establishment GOP only wants you to vote for them, so they can continue funneling up from the middle class to the rich, who will then continue to outsource and relocate American jobs. They don't give a rat's behind about you; they only care about the 1% of Americans who own $13 TRILLION of our wealth.

    You'd think that would be clear by now ...

    January 31, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Tea Party Express .... my, you have awfully big and expensive buses to ride around in ... how did all you "regular" and retired folks afford it? Oh, I remember now: your "movement" was founded and is funded by the Koch Bros and the folks at Fox (Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch, etc.).

    Now the Koch Bros. are holding secret meetings in Palm Springs, with Representatives like Eric Cantor attending (being flown out using your taxpayer money), on how to rig the system so they and their rich cronies can make more money.

    You know, last time a bunch of big business types met in secret with government reps (Cheney and the big oil company execs), we were lied into a secret war that resulted in the deaths of thousands of US soldiers and skyrocketing profits by the like of Haliburton ...

    January 31, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. In NJ not US

    Of course they need them! Same principles just not afraid to express them! They say what the GOP really feels w/o being politicaly correct! Funny how those who have been favored for so long, now feel like for 2yrs, country has left them! All this debt occured for 8yrs! Now they are concerned with debt! Watch what's truly happening REAL people!

    January 31, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. F Daniel Gray

    May we live in interesting times, says a Chinese proverb. Seldom can you plan to step up when a crisis hits. This appears to be one of those times, and the Tea Party apparently has nothing innovative to contribute. The US is facing a major shift of strategic international arrangements which will have domestic consequences. Those consequences cannot be dealt with by petty nitpicking and obstructionism, which is the hallmark of tea party nostrums. Our history of a seriously flawed Middle East policy has now been exposed. For 30 years the white House, through 6 presidents has dithered. The Tea Party is either unprepared or unwilling to break from those failed efforts, and thus revealed as nothing new. Despite all the bluster and posturing. It takes more than that to withstand the events now unfolding, and which will overtake and bypass us.

    January 31, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Anonymous

    I always enjoy when the news media pretends like opinion polling is a science or in any way legitimate. Without proper controls over the parameters, they are easily manipulated by those who ask the questions or analyze the results. Until they are held to any real rigor, they should be overwhelmingly ignored. This is true of any ideology. Leading questions and floods of answers make it no more legitimate than an online petition. The only polls that matter are the ones in the voting booth.

    January 31, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Blake

    There is a role for them to play – loud redical fringe that somehow thinks that it is the majority. Maybe they should take some of their bus riding time to actually read and understand how our country works or have Mr. Scalia explain it to them. It is called rule by the majority. Enjoy that with your tea.

    January 31, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    They want the Tea Party because they need the help, plain and simple. What they don't understand is that rage is not a governing philosophy, and it will turn off the Independent voters who helped to put them in there in the first place. We are already seeing the same, tired social policies of conservatives that do nothing to create jobs and cut spending, and this is not what the Tea Party is all about. There is already an admission that the libertarian wing wants nothing to do with the social conservatives: if nothing else, it will be fun watching the GOP tear itself apart as they try to handle being a coalition, in spite of their best efforts to purcge so-called " RINOs" from the party.

    January 31, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    The poll confirms the direction of the GOP, towards irrelavance. While most Americans want politicians to compromise and move towards the center of the political spectrum, the GOP is misled towards the extreme right.

    January 31, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    What a waste of time poll. They are republicans ( tea partiers ) what did you expect
    Awaste of time and money!!

    January 31, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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