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Tea Party Movement Looks Stalled; Half Like it Less as they Hear More
ABC ^ | 4/15/12 | Gary Langer

Posted on 04/15/2012 12:33:49 PM PDT by Only Sane Man

Wither the Tea Party?

A major force in the 2010 midterm elections, the movement has stalled in public popularity, its support well below a majority and decidedly lukewarm. And Americans by a broad 23-point margin say the more they hear about the Tea Party movement, the less they like it, rather than liking it more.

That negative buzz has worsened from a 9-point gap in an ABC News/Washington Post poll as the movement was gathering speed two years ago. And its avenues for resurgence may be limited: Interest in learning more about Tea Party is down 7 points from spring 2010....

These views have grown more negative particularly among young adults, seniors, women, moderates and people in the $50,000 to $100,000 income range, all with 10- to 17-point increases in “like it less” responses as they hear more about the Tea Party movement....

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 04/15/2012 12:33:54 PM PDT by Only Sane Man
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To: Only Sane Man

Anyone who trusts anything from ABC should be put away for their own safety.


2 posted on 04/15/2012 12:35:15 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Only Sane Man

I seem to recall that the Tea Party was pretty strong just months ago, November 2011.


3 posted on 04/15/2012 12:35:39 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Only Sane Man

The Tea Party needs to get brewing again. They brought about major change in 2010, and can do it again in November.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 12:36:24 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: Only Sane Man

The way that the mainstream media describes the Tea Party is about as accurate as the way that Al Jazeera describes Israel. If only they reported Obama half as honest, Dear Leader’s approval would be about 25%.


5 posted on 04/15/2012 12:36:34 PM PDT by festusbanjo (Planning my escape regardless of which party is in charge.)
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To: Only Sane Man

Yeah, keep on believing this crap. Just because ABC wills it does not make it so. They will be a major force this summer..


6 posted on 04/15/2012 12:36:56 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: Only Sane Man

Horse Crap Poll... Whatever you want to call Americans who are fed up with 0bama and his Assministration, we will be out to vote in November... greater than 2010!


7 posted on 04/15/2012 12:37:28 PM PDT by StraightDave (.)
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To: Only Sane Man

I’m sorry.
The contention of the article has some merit. Unfortunately you’re a newbie and you are going to be fried soon. Good luck in your next life.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 12:38:16 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (On November 6th I will vote for the GOP nominee for President of the United States.)
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To: Only Sane Man

They speak the uncomfortable truth.

Jeremiah wasn’t too popular either.


9 posted on 04/15/2012 12:38:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Only Sane Man

10 posted on 04/15/2012 12:40:22 PM PDT by tomkat ( Newt / Sarah '12 !)
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To: Only Sane Man

I can understand why “half”, the people who depend upon the nanny state handouts and vote for Barry, “like it less”. I’ll bet these nanny staters love the hell out of the occupy fleabaggers. BTW, has anyone ever seen any “polls” or “surveys” about how the “young adults, seniors, women, moderates and people in the $50,000 to $100,000 income range” feel about the freeloading, fleabaggers?


11 posted on 04/15/2012 12:40:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is like a stool sample. You have to pass it to find out what's in it.)
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To: Only Sane Man
Replace “Tea Party” with “dimocrat Party” and that would be closer to what ABC really believes.
12 posted on 04/15/2012 12:41:45 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Only Sane Man
23-point margin say the more they hear about the Tea Party movement, the less they like it

IF this is true, and I doubt it, they have surveyed people who get their info from ABC.

13 posted on 04/15/2012 12:41:45 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Only Sane Man

So Americans like the Tea Party less, the more they hear about it? So is OWS and its criminal nature more to their liking?

After all.. they`re the same people who put 0bama in office in 2008.


14 posted on 04/15/2012 12:42:09 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: tomkat

LOL! I love it.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 12:42:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is like a stool sample. You have to pass it to find out what's in it.)
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To: JudyinCanada

i agree...i am a participant and contributor but it seems all the energies are in the Wisconsin recall...after 2010 they asked “what’s next?”- i said lets vet the media; they didn’t and the media went full force branding us all as racists...i think they also figured the establishment GOP would work with the Tea Party and they (Boehner/McConnell) have been garbage....


16 posted on 04/15/2012 12:43:31 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Only Sane Man

I don’t know. The M.O. here on FR is to post these MLM (Mainline Media) stories that usually carry a heavy load of fiction. Why repeat lies? Half the readers are discouraged when they read this stuff on this site not realizing it should prima facia be discounted.


17 posted on 04/15/2012 12:45:37 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Only Sane Man
And Americans by a broad 23-point margin say the more they hear about the Tea Party movement, the less they like it

A 23 point margin ... so that must be somthing like 61 to 38%, right?

Even if it's only 30% of the country, that basically means 30% of the country are filtering out the BIASED, DISTORTED, and UNFAVORABLE portrayals of the Tea Party in the main stream media, and they like what they hear!

That sounds pretty successful to me. Any group that can influence 30% of the country is going to continue to be a major factor in the elections.
18 posted on 04/15/2012 12:46:44 PM PDT by zencycler
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To: cardinal4

Yup...we have just gone underground. We are living our lives, working and remaining vigilant to what is going on. The negative press started with Susan Roesgen and it has not let up..but unlike Ms. Roesgen we are still here.

Susan vs. the Tea Party-April 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2baxw_YScxc


19 posted on 04/15/2012 12:50:07 PM PDT by karatemom
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To: zencycler

I will have to admit that I was told thew Tea Party guys were going to take Washington by storm and cut spending, get rid of husseincare, put the binders on the status quo politicians. So far none of that seems to have come true.
hussein care was not defunded. Boehner is still crying and caving. hussein got his credit limit raised just like he wanted, etc.

I have stopped listening to their hype and promises.


20 posted on 04/15/2012 12:51:47 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

At our last local TEA Party meeting the theme was “Stay below the radar until you are in range of the target”. A few were claiming it is “Up Periscope” time, but were told stick around till things get interesting.

Many active duty military, not in uniform though, were present. They were likely acting as the messenger for their fellow servicemen. I spoke with a few of them personally. It was reassuring to note there are likely a lot more TEA Party sympathizers in the military than anyone anticipated. They must have had to take a vow of silence, as their activites are monitored. For sure within the Army, and now with the Marines.


21 posted on 04/15/2012 12:53:28 PM PDT by libertyhoundusnr
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To: Only Sane Man

More than half the country has become the “Tea Party,” as the majority of Americans can’t stand Maobama’s policies.


22 posted on 04/15/2012 12:53:37 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Only Sane Man
I was in Florida visiting family when the primary was taking place and remember watching a Tampa news broadcast covering the primary, focusing on what they were calling the 'fringe' of the party: the Tea Party and the Ron Paul supporters.

Their last two interviews were with someone they called a Tea Party leader and with another guy who supported Ron Paul.

The Tea Party leader was an older, overweight, tan-less, balding guy in a wheelchair in front of his mobile home in the trailer park, all filmed outside in the harsh, bright Florida sun.

The Ron Paul supporter was very upscale yuppie-type in his very nice, upper middle-class home, middle school age girls in the background, the lighting soft and warm.

You don't have to be an expert in marketing, product staging and creating first impressions to see what they did there.

23 posted on 04/15/2012 12:53:37 PM PDT by GBA (America has been infected. Be the cure!)
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To: Only Sane Man

Because the movement was infiltrated just like everything else. It now does not stand for anything out of the norm. Yes there might be a few small groups here and there that are genuine, but they are over shadowed by the big players.


24 posted on 04/15/2012 12:55:39 PM PDT by Revel
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To: ScottinVA
So Americans like the Tea Party less, the more they hear about it? So is OWS and its criminal nature more to their liking?

Nope, OWS polls just as bad or worse.

The problem is, generally speaking, the American public tend to like the politicians who offer the "can't we all just get along" oratory. You hear it all the time and poll after polls shows this, people always say they want politicians to get along and do bipartisan things - then they get upset when the very same politicians break their campaign pledges to appease that very attitude. This is why it is so important to be a happy warrior like Reagan.

What is very popular here - aggressive, confrontational attacks on Hussein tends to be, unfortunately, much less popular among the general population (particularly in the "center"). I think Newt wasn't able to catch on for just that reason. I'd watch him give great speeches taking on the media, establishment, etc, and show them to many otherwise conservative friends only to have them say Newt sounds angry, too opinionated, etc.

Some politicians seem to be able to get away with the plain spoken approach. Governor Christie is one of those. But for the most part, independents/moderates tend to view confrontational politicians and organizations fairly negatively.

25 posted on 04/15/2012 12:56:41 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: Artemis Webb
The contention of the article has some merit.

I agree it doesn't matter how desperately some want to believe otherwise.

HOWEVER, that doesn't mean the individual tea partiers aren't still out here trying to decide what our next move should be in the face of two political parties seeking our destruction.
26 posted on 04/15/2012 1:03:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Only Sane Man

The Tea Party has definitely not received a lot of media attention of late, which, to ABC, naturally indicates that it is losing favor with voters. I doubt it. It wasn’t the TEA Party that people voted for in 2010. They voted for Republican candidates that would oppose Obama and they’ll get the opportunity to vote against Obama, directly, in 7 months whether or not the TEA party is a force in the election. People that may have voted for him in 2008 are fed up and/or disappointed. Add to that (significant) number traditional Republican voters as well as conservatives that have to, once again, hold their nose and vote for a RINO (Romney) who, as usual, is ‘better than the Democrat alternative’. The result: Obama loses.


27 posted on 04/15/2012 1:03:38 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Only Sane Man

ABC declares victory in the media campaign against the evil Tea Party movement. That’s basically what the media do, is declare things. Their problem is that there’s a big difference between declaring victory and winning one.


28 posted on 04/15/2012 1:04:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Arm_Bears

Oh sure...we’ve stalled! Only in your wet dreams ABC.

What a bunch of turds!


29 posted on 04/15/2012 1:07:24 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: Only Sane Man
Lord only knows who the heck they actually talked to...

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 5-8, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4 points for the full sample. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y.

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30 posted on 04/15/2012 1:07:24 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Only Sane Man

“Stay below the radar until you are in range of the target”
Great strategy. It bothers me not at all to be underestimated.


31 posted on 04/15/2012 1:07:44 PM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: Billthedrill

Yes, and Ronald Reagan was losing to that wonderful success named Jimmy Carter by 25 points in the “polls” at this time of the year in the presidential election year of 1980. ABC “news” and the other naysayers really got to enjoy Carter’s second Administration, didn’t they?


32 posted on 04/15/2012 1:07:57 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Only Sane Man
ABC...home of George Stuffingenvelopes and Valerie Jarrett,among many others.In other words,NO credibility.
33 posted on 04/15/2012 1:09:26 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: libertyhoundusnr

“Stay below the radar until you are in range of the target”
Kudos to your group. We’ll spread your idea around.


34 posted on 04/15/2012 1:10:36 PM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: Revel
Because the movement was infiltrated just like everything else. It now does not stand for anything out of the norm. Yes there might be a few small groups here and there that are genuine, but they are over shadowed by the big players.

Also true. I have first hand experience with a fake GOP official trying to organize our little informal local group. He wanted one of us to "be a leader" and wanted names for contact lists and fundraising purposes. We all got the impression that he was poking around to get a sense of who could be bought but we're an informal group which means no leader to co opt. He himself was a Mitt Romney fan and wanted to drive the crazies out.
35 posted on 04/15/2012 1:12:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JudyinCanada

Seven months before the election things are slow.....

The Tea Party is just laying low for a couple of months.

The All Baraq Channel wishes that the Tea Party was gone.


36 posted on 04/15/2012 1:14:29 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: laconic

Yep, and they don’t like to lose. Remember Sam Donaldson’s “The American people have just had a tantrum”? But it wasn’t a tantrum, Sam, it was a spanking. :-)


37 posted on 04/15/2012 1:18:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Arm_Bears

What a bunch of nonsense. The Tea Party is not dormant, but is working diligently behind the scenes in preparation for this summer and the fall elections. They are still meeting reularly and are influencing candidate selections and also working on rallies for religious freedom.

The reason the MSM writes things like this is that they are so very much out of the main stream of American thinking, they do not ever cross paths with true conservatives.


38 posted on 04/15/2012 1:20:32 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Only Sane Man

The Tea Party missed the boat this time by neglecting to form into a coherent party and endorse a candidate. They stuck to local candidates.

The many debates and candidates did not help but fractured the field further.

Since they are mainly an economic-issues group, maybe they could get together behind Paul Ryan for vice president and some of the more conservative senators and congressman running.

If they don’t take a stand behind a candidate, they are nowhere, and it is no wonder their numbers have diminished in this report and their enthusiasm is reported to have cooled. They are still out there and wanting change but have nothing to coalesce around except wanting Obama out. That’s not enough for some people—they need a person, an image.

Or there’s still time for them to coalesce around Gingrich.


39 posted on 04/15/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Only Sane Man

How the TP “looks” to dedicated Marxists should be of interest to nobody. When the time comes, people who are busy as hell working to make a living will reappear.


40 posted on 04/15/2012 1:25:16 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: Only Sane Man
feh...
41 posted on 04/15/2012 1:25:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Only Sane Man
There's no denying that the Communist Party Press (ABC included) has done everything in their power to make this true. They have only partially suceeded and their once monopolistic power is gone for good.

The Tea Party is not gone. They rally less, but they have become an army of activists. Many conservative campaigns are swamped with volunteers. This election will be a true test because their job does not end with the defeat of B.O.

If you think the Tea Party is dead, join us at The Rally for Common Sense in Missouri this May 19.

42 posted on 04/15/2012 1:28:27 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: Only Sane Man

ABC ?

No thanks : )


43 posted on 04/15/2012 1:29:17 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: shelterguy
I have stopped listening to their hype and promises.

I think the problem is you expected them to right a ship that has been travelling in the wrong direction for too many years...the course cannot be changed overnight.

The left has ensconced itself in every American institution, controlled childrens education (the most important component), belittled every tradition, and changed the moral compass and fiber of this Country, and has diligently worked for the last 100 or so years to do so.

How can that all be changed in one election?

It can't, we have sooo much work to do....and against all odds to boot.

JMHO

44 posted on 04/15/2012 1:31:37 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: cripplecreek

Very interesting. That is how these officials work. Don’t so much stand against. Infiltrate, and change it from within.

Gramsci would be proud.

In case you missed it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2604199/posts


45 posted on 04/15/2012 1:32:46 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Only Sane Man

Telephone survey’s of 1000 random adults are worthless unless a news outlet wants to push an agenda.


46 posted on 04/15/2012 1:34:41 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Revel
Gramsci would be proud.

Ha!!

I was trying to think of that name earlier today, thanks for posting that!

47 posted on 04/15/2012 1:37:13 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Only Sane Man; All
we must considering the source: (ABC)NNBCBS, "Why should we (the public) believe anything
they 'report'; they've have shown, they're not journalists...
they're Marxist Propagandists."

48 posted on 04/15/2012 1:37:34 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...an Brazilian saying: $AME OLD $H!T, W!TH D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

No other article ever posted on FR impressed me as much as that one. There were others by ACE too. But “Original Sin”. was the best.


49 posted on 04/15/2012 1:44:02 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Only Sane Man

Is this what ABC believes?


50 posted on 04/15/2012 1:45:45 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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