Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Poll: The sagging popularity of the tea parties
WaPo ^ | June 8, 2010 | David Weigel

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010electionbias; polls; pravdamedia; teaparty; zogbyism
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last

Wishful thinking??

1 posted on 06/08/2010 12:02:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Methinks the WAPO should stick with what it knows: MACACA.


2 posted on 06/08/2010 12:03:25 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Dream on WaPo. November will be so confusing.
3 posted on 06/08/2010 12:04:29 PM PDT by outofstyle (Anti-socialist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

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.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 12:05:04 PM PDT by Mouton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

5 posted on 06/08/2010 12:06:06 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (No matter where you go there are always more stupid people.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

LOL......and that’s just in the msm newsrooms!!!


6 posted on 06/08/2010 12:06:23 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
I'm hoping for a repeat of this:


7 posted on 06/08/2010 12:06:23 PM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

The Washington ComPost again - hard at work.

Spin, spin, spin.


8 posted on 06/08/2010 12:06:24 PM PDT by ZULU
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: equalitybeforethelaw

Wonder who they call, politicians.

I have never received a call asking my opinion on any subject I’ve seen like this being published.


9 posted on 06/08/2010 12:06:56 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: outofstyle

November Cometh. The country will speak and the libs will be crying. So looking forward to that night.


10 posted on 06/08/2010 12:07:34 PM PDT by Pit1 (Not illegal immigrants. They are CRIMINAL BORDER CROSSERS.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

2 words:

Rand Paul

That is enough all by itself to start driving people away from the Tea Party.

The Paul’s are nuts.


11 posted on 06/08/2010 12:07:35 PM PDT by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: outofstyle
Dream on WaPo. November will be so confusing.

Me thinks they'll be running a lot of "unexpected" articles.

12 posted on 06/08/2010 12:08:21 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
November 2nd is going to be so much fun!
13 posted on 06/08/2010 12:09:04 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Wait until election time.


14 posted on 06/08/2010 12:10:10 PM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
People might be shying away from the TEA Parties because several of the groups have been coopted by Democrats, RINOs, Run Paul type libertarians, and such. It's hard to tell which ones are sincerely committed to saving the nation (which excludes the previous list of fakes).

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.

15 posted on 06/08/2010 12:10:37 PM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

Ditto


16 posted on 06/08/2010 12:11:52 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug (s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

“Washington Post/ABC News poll” that ALL you need to know.


17 posted on 06/08/2010 12:12:34 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

too em that long to put this crap out?


18 posted on 06/08/2010 12:12:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

The MSM just cannot help themselves when it comes to knocking conservatives.


19 posted on 06/08/2010 12:12:54 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mrmeyer

A great moment! Carville looks so much better and doesn’t scare the animals.


20 posted on 06/08/2010 12:13:47 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Mouton
I agree with you. Maybe the Libs will be so happy they'll just stay home in the upcoming elections. After all, if ABC say something, it must be true. /sarc.
21 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:23 PM PDT by Shannon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

If the DEms can have Byrd and Rockefeller, the GoP can have Rand and Rubio


22 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Mouton

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.


23 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:45 PM PDT by Bitsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Poll sample size: 6 former ACORN employees.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

24 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:48 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

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?


25 posted on 06/08/2010 12:20:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
If the DEms can have Byrd and Rockefeller, the GoP can have Rand and Rubio

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.

26 posted on 06/08/2010 12:21:06 PM PDT by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Maybe they are polling congressmen and finding that Congress does not like tea parties.


27 posted on 06/08/2010 12:21:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
"There are no tea parties. Just tricks and illusions.
We won..."


28 posted on 06/08/2010 12:21:36 PM PDT by avacado
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

Where’s the barf tag ???


29 posted on 06/08/2010 12:21:41 PM PDT by libh8er
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

See Ed Morrissey’s comments at HotAir here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/08/wapo-poll-dont-get-cocky-gop/

It’s not the least possible bias on the sample.


30 posted on 06/08/2010 12:21:54 PM PDT by Blagden Alley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

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’.


31 posted on 06/08/2010 12:23:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: mrmeyer

You’ll have to dig up Bob.


32 posted on 06/08/2010 12:24:56 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

Keith Olbermann day after the 2010 election...

Shades of 2004...


33 posted on 06/08/2010 12:25:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Wishful thinking??

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.

34 posted on 06/08/2010 12:27:58 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blagden Alley

25R/38I/34D? No bias here at all./s


35 posted on 06/08/2010 12:28:15 PM PDT by princeofdarkness ("Obama Lied. Liberty, Morality, and Prosperity Died.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: 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.

Exact numbers aside, there's probably more truth than falsity to these results.

Why?

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.

36 posted on 06/08/2010 12:28:37 PM PDT by r9etb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

RINOs have the same opinion you do !!!

Funny that.


37 posted on 06/08/2010 12:29:22 PM PDT by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

FUWAPO

Let’s see the election results, shall we?
The only thing sagging is Helen Thomas


38 posted on 06/08/2010 12:30:44 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every time history repeats itself the price goes up)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

BINGO


39 posted on 06/08/2010 12:31:05 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: o2bfree

Rand Paul IS a RINO.

Like his father, the ONLY area in which he is conservative is economics.


40 posted on 06/08/2010 12:32:02 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Past Your Eyes

That’s hugh!!


41 posted on 06/08/2010 12:33:56 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Climate change alarmists are Warm-Mongers. Now that's funny right there. I don't care who you are.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

We’ll remember,
In November

(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.)


42 posted on 06/08/2010 12:35:54 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

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.


43 posted on 06/08/2010 12:36:20 PM PDT by BombHollywood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Longbow1969

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.


44 posted on 06/08/2010 12:36:55 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum

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.


45 posted on 06/08/2010 12:37:05 PM PDT by agarrett
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog
Internals:

This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone June 3-6, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Trash poll. The Occupation Media is creating the news and not reporting the news.
46 posted on 06/08/2010 12:37:10 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smokingfrog

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.


47 posted on 06/08/2010 12:37:35 PM PDT by jongaltsr (It)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: o2bfree
RINOs have the same opinion you do !!! Funny that.

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.

48 posted on 06/08/2010 12:39:02 PM PDT by Longbow1969
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Blagden Alley
...not the least possible bias on the sample ??

the Post’s sample shows 34% Democrats, 25% Republicans, and 38% independents among the registered voters in this survey of the general adult population


Republicans are the lowest percentage, and don't most independents usually vote liberal?
49 posted on 06/08/2010 12:42:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Carley

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.


50 posted on 06/08/2010 12:43:53 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-63 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson