Pew Poll: Tea Party Strays from GOP
A new poll released by Pew Research Center
reinforces the tea party movement's contention that it is no subsidiary of the Republican Party. Since this past spring, support for the Republican Party has diminished considerably in the 60 Congressional districts represented by self-identified tea party Members of Congress. In March 2011, support for the Republican Party in these districts was 55 percent. In the poll released yesterday, support for the Republican Party in these districts has fallen to 41 percent.
"Put simply: If the 2010 election brought the tea party and the Republican party together, the first session of the 112th Congress has driven the two sides apart," The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wrote today, in analyzing the poll results.
The poll also finds that the tea party movement is doing an increasingly poor job in managing its national image. Yesterday's Pew poll found that more Americans now disagree (27 percent) with the tea party than agree with it (20 percent). A year ago, the tea party movement enjoyed broader national support, with 27 percent agreeing with the movement and 22 percent disagreeing with it. In both polls, however, the lion's share of Americans said that they were neither in agreement nor disagreement with the movement.