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Gallup: Americans Wary of Tea Party, but Embrace its Ideals

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:36 pm - April 29, 2011.
Filed under: Tea Party,We The People

According to Gallup, nearly “half of Americans, 47%, now have an unfavorable image of the Tea Party movement, the highest since it emerged on the national scene.”  That contrasts with 33% who have a favorable view.  This represents an increase of 5% in the grassroots movement’s unfavorable rating and a decrease of 6 points in its favorables, a pretty significant shift that.

At the same time, as Americans’ negative views of the movement are on the upswing, they continue to embrace its underlying ideal:

The large majority of Americans say spending too much money on unneeded or wasteful federal programs is to blame for the federal budget deficit, while 22% say the deficit is a consequence of not raising enough in taxes to pay for needed programs.

April 2011: Which do you think is more to blame for the federal budget deficit -- spending too much money on federal programs that are either not needed or wasteful, or not raising enough money in taxes to pay for needed federal programs?

This movement gained momentum two years ago, largely because of the vast increases in federal spending passed by the then-Democratic Congress and signed by President Obama.  In line with Tea Party protestors, “Americans generally favor spending cuts rather than tax increases as the way for Congress to reduce the deficit going forward”:

Given a choice, Americans of all political persuasions are more likely to say that too much wasteful and unneeded government spending is the cause of the federal budget deficit, rather than too little tax revenue. Americans of all political persuasions also say cutting back on federal spending should be a major focus of efforts to reduce the deficit going forward.

Via Washington Examiner.  Do hope the president is looking at this poll.  And that Republican leaders don’t lose sight of it.



  1. Clearly, the continued attacks on the TEA Party are taking a toll in this long season when demagoguery reigns as the opposition organizes and keeps it powder dry.

    Just what, pray tell, is there between now and beginning of the 2012 starting heats in September for the TEA Party to do to keep itself in the news in a productive way?

    And, when people say they think the government is “spending too much on programs” you can not begin to fathom what that means. I doubt that few are surprised that even only 38% of Democrats are hot for higher taxes. And I suspect that the 38% of Democrats seeking higher taxes expect others, not themselves, to be taxed.

    These polls only serve to fuel the ideologues and create “news” for pundits, MSNBC and Joy Behar to draw deep meaning from.

    Meanwhile, The Donald is lobbing the queen mother of curse words in Las Vegas and getting away with it. Bill Maher is going to be forced to get George Carlin’s list out and go on a blue streak of Progressive performance art. Hopefully, he will keep his clothes on, but go heavy on the chocolate sauce. Joy obviously loves to lick chocolate sauce; she is so “hip.”

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 29, 2011 @ 5:27 pm - April 29, 2011

  2. The birther issue will be forgotten by next week; but the problems of massive deficits and a declining economy will still be with us.

    Comment by V the K — April 29, 2011 @ 5:27 pm - April 29, 2011

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  4. Hate to say it, but this result shows that the left-wing media is still very good at its (unadmitted, unstated) mission of promoting the left-wing viewpoint to the average American.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 29, 2011 @ 6:11 pm - April 29, 2011

  5. P.S. And, that fiscal conservatives need someone who can reach over the media’s head to the average American, like Reagan could.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 29, 2011 @ 6:14 pm - April 29, 2011

  6. The poll headline, ‘unexpectedly’ doesn’t say what they say it does, numbers are almost tied between supporters and opponents, and the uncommitted are higher than the number
    on election day 2010

    Comment by ian cormac — April 29, 2011 @ 9:46 pm - April 29, 2011

  7. The birther issue will be forgotten by next week;

    How about the issue of his dad getting his ass kicked out of Harvard and the US? Maybe he could favor us with another story of how his folks got married.

    Comment by TGC — April 30, 2011 @ 3:29 am - April 30, 2011

  8. The liberals should be getting hammered daily about gas and oil.
    This bs of how “well drilling now won’t lower prices for years” should be thrown in their faces. Tape of them saying the same thing about ANWAR 8 years ago exists. Play it over and over.
    This country is sitting on a “gold mine” of energy, what other country would just turn their back on it and start manufacturing wind mills? Only in the dopey world of leftist liberals.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — April 30, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - April 30, 2011

  9. Whether you agreed with Trump or not on the birther issue, thanks to Trump it’s over now. What you need to remind people, is how if not for Tea Party helping to get out the vote last year, Nancy Pelosi would still be Speaker of the House. If it wasn’t for the Tea Party now, Republicans wouldn’t be on the road to victory in 2012.

    Why then, just to elicit a false favor from the “elites” of Washington, do certain Republicans berate the Tea Party? Why would they be so foolish?

    Go ahead all you country club conservatives, keep on spitting in the face of the Tea Party. Every time you do, you’re one step closer to assuring a big Republican loss next year. Shame on you all.

    Comment by Spartann — April 30, 2011 @ 3:43 pm - April 30, 2011

  10. Gallup doesn’t have the credibility it used to. Other polls would likely show a more favorable view of the Tea Party movement. The Battleground Poll, funded by both a Republican and a Democrat research groups and conducted by Georgetown University, shows that twice as many Americans identify themselves as conservativses as those who think of themselves as liberals. (Did I say that right? It’s hard to get into one sentence.)

    Comment by Richard White — May 1, 2011 @ 11:22 am - May 1, 2011

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