Skip to comments.Poll: The sagging popularity of the tea parties
Posted on 06/08/2010 12:02:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll includes questions about the tea parties that have the nascent movement's popularity slipping badly. Overall, since the last poll, the percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable view of the movement has jumped from 39 percent to 50 percent. The leading edge of that has been a collapse in support from 18-29-year-olds. In March, they had a positive, 43-38 view of the tea parties. They've swung hard to a negative view, 27-60.
One result that surprises me: a seeming tumble in tea party support from white Southerners. In March, only 30 percent had an unfavorable view of the movement. Now, it's 45 percent.
I don't think this is really a sign of anti-incumbent anger ending -- the results on voter views of incumbents dispel that notion. Since the last poll, however, we have had two months of news about tea party-identified Republicans winning their primaries or leading in them, which has started to diminish the independent brand of the movement.
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Methinks the WAPO should stick with what it knows: MACACA.
I call BS on that poll. But if it keeps the libs happy, so be it and I hope they take that feeling into the election.
LOL......and that’s just in the msm newsrooms!!!
The Washington ComPost again - hard at work.
Spin, spin, spin.
Wonder who they call, politicians.
I have never received a call asking my opinion on any subject I’ve seen like this being published.
November Cometh. The country will speak and the libs will be crying. So looking forward to that night.
That is enough all by itself to start driving people away from the Tea Party.
The Paul’s are nuts.
Me thinks they'll be running a lot of "unexpected" articles.
Wait until election time.
The good news is that the voters are as wide awake as they have ever been in our lifetimes, and the Democrats and RINOs are in their sights.
“Washington Post/ABC News poll” that ALL you need to know.
too em that long to put this crap out?
The MSM just cannot help themselves when it comes to knocking conservatives.
A great moment! Carville looks so much better and doesn’t scare the animals.
If the DEms can have Byrd and Rockefeller, the GoP can have Rand and Rubio
But if it keeps the libs happy
Just another mushroom dream. Lett’em think it come november it will be hangover time for the liberals/communists.
By the way, is the WashPoo still running a daily tally of the deaths in Iraq?
Or was that just while George Bush was president?
Rubio is fine. I am not saying we can't have candidates with some libertarian views or somewhat out of the mainstream ideas. What I am saying is we should never nominate a Paul. The father is nuts and his Paulbot followers remind me of Larouchies. The son seems to have some of the same ideas and it is only a matter of time before we find out he's been hanging around with Truthers and Anti-War wacko's.
Maybe they are polling congressmen and finding that Congress does not like tea parties.
Where’s the barf tag ???
See Ed Morrissey’s comments at HotAir here:
It’s not the least possible bias on the sample.
I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt he won’t go down that path,, for now,, like Brown.
To say the politics of today is in turmoil and flux like none seen for quite awhile if ever is an understatement,, there are gonna be ‘bumps’.
You’ll have to dig up Bob.
Keith Olbermann day after the 2010 election...
Shades of 2004...
Yep. I do hope the local tea parties keep visible and active. It can get pretty tiring fighting demons all the time. Hope we don't get pooped out.
25R/38I/34D? No bias here at all./s
Exact numbers aside, there's probably more truth than falsity to these results.
Precisely because the Tea Party groups eschew any sort of coordinated action, platform, or message. To those not already involved, there's nothing to define the Tea Parties beyond what they're against.
As some of us have been saying all along, outrage and emotion can only get you so far, before folks just begin to lose interest.
RINOs have the same opinion you do !!!
Let’s see the election results, shall we?
The only thing sagging is Helen Thomas
Rand Paul IS a RINO.
Like his father, the ONLY area in which he is conservative is economics.
(I’ve been trying to make the tune of “See You in September” with replacement lyrics fit the situation, but so far, I’ve failed.)
All this anti-tea pary negativity expressed by Democrat-run media. They’re only contriving these polls with the hope that they can break up the tea party movement before November. Just look at the behavior of the SEIU, ACORN, celebrities like Bill Maher, Behar, Jon Stewart, etc....Major criticsm coming from just about every sector of broadcast media. Why do the media types get all worked up over an allegedly dying movement, hmmm? Does this look like a movement that’s about to collapse?? Would SEIU and other media-types conspire so persistenly to keep tea party negatives on the front page or the top story if it really was a movement that was collapsing?? Watch what the media does -— not what they say. I’m sure the liberal partisans in the media will do whatever they feel is necessary to help collapse the t.p. movement, but that doesn’t actally mean that the movement is collapsing -— on the contrary, the t.p. movement is getting stronger and more popular every day. I’m seeing a regular increase in membership at the meeting place I go to in New Jersey every month. So, just let the msm go on playing ‘let’s pretend’ for the next 5 months, it’s make victory in November all the more sweet.
Agreed. As long as Rand Paul is the new face of the Tea Party, I’ll have nothing to do with it. And I’d been to three rallies before L Ron Jr. came along and hijacked the movement.
November 2nd may be fun, but I am genuinely fearing the 3rd. Assuming the Dems lose both houses, which I think is a real possibility, I hesitate to think what they’ll pass from November 3 - January 20.
We are like hornets.
Leave us alone and you will only see one or two of us at any time.
Stir us up and WATCH OUT!
We are always ready but not always aggressive as a whole.
No, RINO's have nothing in common with me. I want conservative Republicans on the ballot, not libertarians. Ron Paul is a libertarian. Rand Paul seemingly once believed the same type of things. He has changed his tune on some issues to win the primary, but his previous opinions when he was supporting his Dad were something completely different.
I also want nothing to do with Paulbots. We know the Paul's have a cult like following which skews straw polls and now perhaps can generate enough name recognition and buzz to win real nomination fights. The problem is, libertarianism is not what Republican general election voters want - nor is it an acceptable ideology to the great mass of the American electorate.
We are the Republican Party, not the Libertarian Party. Most people viewed the Tea Party as a sort of conservative moment - NOT an offshoot of the Libertarian Party. The minute the Tea Party is viewed as a bunch of Libertarians its popularity will wane. Americans are not Libertarians. Americans will not vote for Libertarians.
the Posts sample shows 34% Democrats, 25% Republicans, and 38% independents among the registered voters in this survey of the general adult population
First of all, this is of questionable credibility given its source. Secondly, even if the MSM smear job has fewer people wanting to be associated with the Tea Party movement, will it change how they vote? In other words, are the independents returning to the traditional political parties? I doubt it.