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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poll: Tea Party Popularity Nearing All-Time Low


According to a new Gallup poll, the Tea Party brand is in serious trouble. Just 22 percent of Americans now support the Tea Party, the poll finds — nearing the all-time low of 21 percent, which it hit in late 2012. The gap between opponents and supporters has steadied at a 5-point gap, with opponents outnumbering supporters 27 to 22 percent.

A larger majority, 51 percent, say they have no opinion.

Gallup’s Lydia Saad writes: “The majority of Tea Party opponents call themselves strong opponents, while supporters are evenly divided as strong and not strong supporters. The net result is that 17 percent of Americans consider themselves strong opponents of the Tea Party, contrasted with 11 percent who are strong supporters, similar to the balance seen in 2011.”

While 80 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of their party, only 55 percent of Tea Party supporters have a positive opinion of the Republican Party, and a stunning 43 percent of those who identify with the far right faction have an unfavorable view of the GOP.

Gallup Tea Party Popularity

“Notably, while Tea Party supporters and activists may not be fully satisfied with the GOP, they feel just as negatively as Republicans do about the Democratic Party, indicating they have little alternative in national elections,” Gallup reports. “However, their frustration with the GOP could result in more Tea Party-backed conservative challenges to Republican incumbents who don’t embrace Tea Party principles.”

The recent behavior from Tea Party leaders may explain the right’s declining popularity.

On Tuesday, Tea Party favorite Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke on the Senate floor for 21 hours to block a bill that he inevitably voted for, and which in fact passed unanimously. Cruz’s overall motive was to convince his colleagues and Americans to support funding the government while defunding Obamacare, but what he did instead was create a spectacle on the Senate floor that ultimately had no impact on the final vote.

Since the ultra-right’s popularity began to weaken, the Tea Party has not only held the federal budget hostage, but has fabricated government “scandals”, attacked women’s rights, marginalized immigrants and minority groups, reduced opportunities for the middle and lower classes, and been entirely off base with voters on a multitude of other issues. Even some Republicans are now revolting against the Tea Party message.

The result of this poll should alarm both Tea Party supporters — who are witnessing a collapse of their brand — but also mainstream Republicans, who seem more likely than ever to face extreme right-wing challengers in upcoming elections.

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  • Budjob

    All of the fucking TEA party nutjobs should be put in a mental institution.Preferably South Carolina!

    • Bill Boltz

      Poor SC….How about an oil tanker that never reaches port?

    • kanawah

      SC is bad off already, why make it worse.

  • tax payer

    I love my tea with ice, lemon and no sugar, but never drink it in a party because some people don’t know how to make good tea.

  • jointerjohn

    What frightens and baffles me is that 22% of Americans favor the TP! That means that out of every five persons I encounter one of them is crazier than a peach orchard sow. No wonder so many people want to carry guns!

    • kanawah

      The 22% are the Fascist, racist, and escaped mental patients.

    • ralphkr

      Personally, jointerjohn, I prefer TP although I understand that in many countries they use a bidet or wash cloth to clean their bottom.

      • jointerjohn

        So what you are saying is you are more concerned about how you wipe your ass than how to move the country forward. Very nice. Get your stupid ass off this site before I reveal to the world that you are a complete and hopeless dumbass. Whoopsie, you already did it.

        • ralphkr

          Well, jointerjohn, what on earth does my preferring to use TP to wipe my bottom instead of a wash cloth have to do with moving the country forward? I would really, really like to hear your reasoning that brought you to arrive to this unusual and interesting theory.

          • jointerjohn

            Moving the country forward is the point, and thank you for being among the minority smart enough, able to see that. The toilet paper reference is nothing more than demonstrative hyperbole.

          • idamag

            At least toilet paper is useful and not dangerous to our country.

    • idamag

      I’ve met some of them. Real low information and paranoid people.

  • Mark Forsyth

    We need to put those political terrorists on a garbage barge that gets lost at sea. Good riddance to bad trash!

    • kanawah

      That would be pollution. Just throw it in a sealed hazardous wast dump.

      • Allan Richardson

        Send them to Somalia. There is no pesky “gummint” there to interfere with their “freedom” and if they take enough guns with them (or steal them, there are plenty of guns there already), they could BECOME the new Somali government. And Somalia is one of the FEW places on Earth where a Tea Party Republican government would be an improvement!

        • progressiveandproud

          Somalia has enough problems, and let us be honest, the old teabaggers would crap themselves in predominately black country.

      • Mark Forsyth

        Perhaps an incinerator with air scrubbers is the ticket.

  • bcarreiro

    the american people should abolish the republican empire once and for all………..we should have no party in congress but individuals who are openminded as well as a neutral when it comes to decision making time. we the people pay taxes so morans from texas can talk for 21 hrs and accomplish nothing. the 1% will always stay the same when you have so called conservatives in office.

  • howa4x

    The major problem of the tealiban is that they have no real plan for anything except just cut it., or when it comes to Women, Minorities, Gays and Latinos, they want to turn the clock back to the 50’s. I know a lot of seniors have joined the tea party(can see it at their rallies). I wonder if they would except drastic reductions in their own SS monthly payments or Medicare plan?. The interesting thing here is that the mainstream republicans have a chance to float the tea party iceberg out to sea. They can become the reasonable right of center party they were before Dick Armey brought Texas style conservatism nationwide, funded by the Koch bros of former John birch society fame. If the GOP would do that they could actually attract more independents, Latinos and Women back and once again be competitive in national races. The tealiban has been an anchor around the necks of mainstream republicans. The democrats always struggled with the left wing of their party and it cost them dearly in national elections. When they moved toward the center they were able to broaden their appeal. The GOP needs to learn that lesson. Message: stand up to the Tea party no matter how much they yell at you

  • LotusJoan

    Americans have always, eventually rejected intolerance and
    exclusion as political messages. More and more people are seeing the
    wizard behind the curtain of the Tea Party movement and he is not harmless
    as in OZ.

    • ococoob

      No, they’re seeing the KKK behind the curtain of the TeaTard Party movement.

      • LotusJoan

        Actually it is the John Birch society but close enough

        • kanawah

          Dont forget the “Crotch brothers”. They are most of the money.

  • itsfun

    Again, if you read left wing articles you get one percentage for or a against a group, if you read right wing articles you get a complete opposite percentage for or against the same group. Read both, and the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

    • InsideEye

      I agree with statistics in that it is very misleading. The Tea Party views are very prevalent. And it still represents the other 47% plus vacillating so called independent issue voters…who are the actually thinking of what to vote on as opposed to the animus that holds Dems and Republican together,,split as they are …. The Tea Party agenda is mis characterized well by the opposition. Seems They are only for self reliance and not wasting tax dollars, prove otherwise.

      • itsfun

        I think you are right about that. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already. When many people disagree with what a organization stands for, they make up all kinds of lies and stories to discredit them.

      • DennisRL

        ‘ONLY FOR SELF RELIANCE AND NOT WASTING TAX DOLLARS’ Are you kidding me!!!!! That may have been the original motive for the TEA party, where you had both republicans and democrats belonging to it and were concerned about government spending and waste. But then it was hijacked by and funded by big business interest, mainly the Koch brothers, who don’t care about governing, don’t care about people and don’t give a hoot about anything but furthering their agenda of deregulation and making big business and themselves wealthier. They do this by hiding behind all of the old gullible whites standing out there with their ‘Get rid of Obamacare’ signs. So don’t give this crap about the TEA party being this poor misunderstood group just trying to keep down government waste. Talk about being delusional. You need to become a little more informed before you come on here and make those idiotic statements.

        • InsideEye

          I am not kiddng, sure they want to get rid of Obama and his policies, since they are an economic disaster , health care so ruined as will be no more innovation . It can be a single payer system just add it to existing Medicare and pay for it by a national dedicated sales tax, that eVeryone pays and no free rides. That is the crux of it all…..::Everyone contributes and no more animus , no politics .the WORKING MIDDLE CLASS TAX PAYER and the lucky 1 per centers pay the freight. Why did all of congress opt out??????

  • ralphkr

    I noticed the sign “A patriot must be ready to defend his country against it’s government” and it reminded me of just how much they have perverted the Second Amendment. President George Washington used the 2nd Amendment to get more than 13K civilian troops from various states to put down the Whiskey Rebellion (the refusal of certain citizens to pay a federal tax on the whiskey they made) and their 500 man rebel army. The founders knew that the Second Amendment was not to be used to overthrow the US government but to defend the US government against all attackers including US citizens.

  • idamag

    I hope people are waking up to what the t potty really is.

  • ridemybroom

    we don’t need any of these crack heads in my religious state of persecution anymore… we have enuff already !