Monday, April 16, 2012

A Watered Down Tea Party

Ken O’Brien

The Tea Party’s impact is becoming increasingly diluted.

The tea party movement finds itself losing popular support, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday. 

A major force in the 2010 midterm elections, the movement has stalled in public popularity, its support well below a majority and decidedly lukewarm. The negative buzz has worsened from a 9-point gap as the movement was gathering speed two years ago. And its avenues for resurgence may be limited: interest in learning more about the Tea Party is down 7 points from spring 2010. The poll was produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates.

The poll found that 41 percent of Americans still identify as supporters of the Tea Party movement, down from a high of 47 percent last September. Half of those polled said that the more they hear about the tea party, the less they like it compared to 27 percent who say that they like it more.


Support has dropped among young adults from 51 percent to 31 percent since last fall.

Another finding was that six in 10 Americans aren’t particularly interested in additional information about the Tea Party, and 41 percent aren’t interested “at all.” Thirty-nine percent have at least some interest, but just 9 percent are very interested. Among those with interest, more than six in 10 already support it.


  1. Tea Party was always a Republican group. You always had hardcore Republicans or conservative independents who always vote Republican. The more people learned exactly what the Tea Party was the less people would be interested. The Tea Party does well in heavily conservative areas and poorly in liberal and progressive areas. Always was and always will be a conservative Republican club. Useful tools for the Republican elite in 2010 and now a liability in 2012.

  2. Just keep telling yourself that. You don't need everyone to win. Just a few points in the middle makes the different.


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