Voters Don't Like Tea Partiers

The findings of a new ABC News/Washington Post poll:

Among registered voters, 15 percent say they’d be more likely to support a candidate for Congress who’s associated with the Tea Party movement – but 24 percent say they’d be more apt to oppose such a candidate. Focusing on strong sentiment produces a similar result: Just 9 percent are “much” more likely to support a Tea Party candidate, vs. 17 percent much more likely to oppose one.

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Among all Americans, 34 percent say the more they hear about the Tea Party the more they like it, but 43 percent instead say the more they hear the less they like it.

The media continues to be fascinated by the group of ardent conservative Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents who form the base of the GOP -- the type of people who still approved of George W. Bush back when 70 percent or more of the nation disapproved of the job he was doing as President -- but when it comes to actual voters, it turns out that there isn't nearly as much interest. And if there is interest, it's not positive. Many more say they're likely to oppose than support at Tea Party-backed candidate than support one. Many more say the more they hear about the Tea Parties the less they like them. Perhaps it's time to stop the fascination with this exceedingly overly covered group?

Tags: Tea Parties, 2010 (all tags)

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IMO, the Democrats best weapon in the upcoming 2012 presidential election is the Tea Party and the Palinites.

So this poll could really be bad news for the Democrats, especially if the Republicans can actually find and stand behind a rational right wing candidate. I'm not happy.

by MainStreet 2010-05-05 01:26PM | 1 recs
RE: IMO, the Democrats best weapon in the upcoming 2012 presidential election is the Tea Party and the Palinites.

The tea-partyers were important to the Republicans because they provided energy and enthusiasm.  If same-old, same-old Repubs are on the ballot in November, that certainly takes some wind out of the sails of the Tea Party folks.  The Republicans stirred up this hornets' nest and now they can't deliver the preferred candidates.  I wonder if that takes some of the momentum out of the Republican plans for November.  Then again, if the Tea Partyers couldn't even turn out the votes for the primary, you have to wonder if they ever were much of a threat.

For my money, I thought the media always made way too much out of the Tea Party.  They accepted all of these assertions of Independence, not previously politically aware, voted for Democrats in the past, had a clear vision of what they wanted from a candidate at WAAAY too much face value.  These people always struck me as particularly ticked-off Republicans and not much more than that.

by the mollusk 2010-05-05 01:57PM | 0 recs
RE: IMO, the Democrats best weapon in the upcoming 2012 presidential election is the Tea Party and the Palinites.

Well, until the old white male is gone (of which I am one), about 10-20 years, conservatism will hang on.   But after that, especially with Latinos being in the majority, it is dead as a door nail.

by scytherius 2010-05-05 02:09PM | 0 recs
RE: IMO, the Democrats best weapon in the upcoming 2012 presidential election is the Tea Party and the Palinites.

There you go with your white male bashing again!  Just kidding.  I often wonder what the future old white men (myself included) will think about things in 20 years or so.  Will the imprint of our liberal youths last or will we become jaded after seeing the government compromise itself to the least common denominator again and again?

by the mollusk 2010-05-05 02:58PM | 0 recs
Keep em in the News

I hope they never go away.  Keep them in the news.  The more the public learns, the more they cant stand them.  The Media is doing us a favor.

by scytherius 2010-05-05 02:08PM | 0 recs

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