Poll: Tea Party support cools

“More Americans now say that they disagree than agree with the tea party, and even those who live in districts represented by tea party congressmen are split over the movement, according to a new survey,” Politico is reporting.

“Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed say they disagree with the tea party movement, compared with 20 percent who agree with it, the Pew Research Center found.

“Opinion on the issue has flipped since a year ago, when 27 percent agreed and 22 percent disagreed with the movement.

“Even voters in districts represented by one of the 60 congressional Tea Party Caucus members were split on the movement. In these districts, 23 percent disagreed with the tea party, while 25 percent agreed.”

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7 thoughts on “Poll: Tea Party support cools”

  1. I wonder what the support is for Republicans.
    I’m encouraged at the declining support for the teas. They were the bully contengent of the Republicans. Tea party folks showed up to their protests with guns and were not treated to militarized police tacticts like unarmed OWS protesters are. Tea party folks bullied and beat up protesters at 2010 campaigns. And at our own town halls they showed up with false testimony to foreign health care systems and shouted down all of us who asked legitimate questions and comments that McClintock eventually answered with his “ownership of health care” argument. One old red shirted guy shouted insults at my husband to which my husband told him that he was a retired Registered Professional Engineer who raised 7 children and sent 5 of them to college. Then there was the 4 guys in McDonalds last Sept. to which one boasted “Yea, ammo is going to be America’s next currency.” Republicans don’t sound or act that much different from those tea party folks.
    Bush’s TARP was unfair. I agree with the tea party on that one. I disagree on why it was unfair. Tea party didn’t want any bail out. “Let the banks fail!” It was necessary to prevent a total collaspe. Bush’s TARP was unfair because it came with no direction or restrictions. Bankers gave themselves big bonuses, tightened credit, didn’t help Main Street’s underwater mortgage crisis, and continued (continues) to make risky investments in un-regulated markets and practices the same mortgage financing schemes while passing out eviction notices. Sure, they paid that money back and the tax payer (treasury) made money on the deal BUT that profit didn’t help Main Street. Those bankers and their lobbies have nearly killed the Dodd/Frank Bill with waterned down rules that do nothing to protect Main Street and everything to protect their status quo. The Bankers and Wall Street tycoons are still raking in record income. Enter…OWS.
    It’s time to get the 1% out of the legislative halls of “we the people.” It’s obvious that Republicans and teas beholden to Grover Norquist and conservadems aren’t going to side with the people. They and have to go. If the rest can’t be pushed to stand up for the people like Warren, Frank, Sanders then they have to go too. It’s time Americans identify, promote and support candidates that will do the work of the people, not the “corporate person.”

  2. Russ Steele observes “While this study may be an indicator, why is it that every time our local Tea Party meets there are 8-10 new members.”
    Is that the same intellectual rigor that he uses to prove global warming is a hoax? LOL.

  3. Here is something to ponder: The Tea Party folks were active in 2010 and there were LOTS of results in local and congressional races.

    OWS crowd have been active in 2011 when there are no elections.

    If it is the Tea Party’s turn again in 2012 it sounds like their timing might be pretty good.


  4. The Tea Party leadership has played their cards and will have the support of the same 20 to 25% that are followers of authority.

    John Dean wrote a book on it – Conservatives Without Conscience
    It’s about authoritarianism and why people follow.

  5. John,

    Tea Party in 2012? Ha! Wishful thinking and not likely. OWS will only get more focused, you have no idea.

    Dean was repentant, a religious concept, whereas the rest of the wingers and Nixon weren’t. Dean has authoritarians, of which most of today’s wingers are, pegged. Read his book and look at your friends then get back to us.

    Merry Christmas.


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