Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tea Party Still Regarded More Favorably Than Congress

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace Of Independent Conservatism
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Question for the Tea Party, is it time to rethink position and strategy? Given the trending one would have to say yes methinks.

Rasmussen - More voters still think the average Tea Party member has a better handle on America’s problems than the average member of Congress does, but there’s a sharp difference of opinion between Democrats and Republicans.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of all Likely U.S. Voters believe the average member of the Tea Party has a better understanding of the problems America faces today, while 34% think the average member of Congress is more clued in. Twenty-four percent (24%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Still, that marks a 10-point drop in confidence in the Tea Party from March of last year when 52% felt the average member of the grass roots smaller government group had a better understanding of America’s problems. But the new findings aren’t a big boost of confidence in Congress since there’s been only a slight increase from the 30% in March 2010 who thought the average congressman had a better feel for the nation’s problems.

Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats, however, have more confidence in the average member of Congress. But 68% of Republicans - and a plurality (46%) of voters not affiliated with either major party – think the average Tea Party member has a better understanding of today’s problems.

Just 36% of all voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party which has come under fire from President Obama and congressional Democrats for pressuring Republicans into rejecting any tax increases as part of the recent deal to raise the federal debt ceiling. Forty-four percent (44%) view the Tea Party unfavorably, while 20% are not sure what they think of the group.

But again there’s a noticeable partisan divide. While 63% of GOP voters hold a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, 75% of Democrats regard the group unfavorably. Unaffiliated voters share that unfavorable opinion by a slim 42% to 38% margin. {Read More}

Via: Memeorandum


  1. I pretty much hold everybody in Washington unfavorably at this point. The only 2 at this stage to get even a thumbs sideways from me would probably be Conrad and Coburn (2 of the Senate's gang of 6). And I'm not even completely sure about them anymore.

  2. The whole "Tea Party" movement is born of disaffection with the government. Don't expect them to ever be happy with anything the government could or should do - or does.


  3. Donald in Bethel, CT says:


    Actually, the TEA Party was started as a direct public response to the 111th Congress, (the one run by Dems under a Dem President and Bush as well), and was really nothing more than a protest of sorts to the reckless and irresponsible spending of said Congress.

    Is this to say they are anti-government? Hmm. I would be reticent myself to make such an assumption, but it is obvious they loathe this current regime and its agendas.

    I reckon if that is the litmus test to being "anti-government", then I must be, as well.

    Anyhoos, the TEA Party is non-violent and made up of Americans who see The Big Picture of fiscal suicide at the hands of our elected officials. Love them or hate them, they ain't going away anytime soon. Well, at least not until our government begins to fear the people and bow to the expressed majority will of the people.

    For myself, this WH and the former Congress earned my contempt the moment they decided to rule over me against the expressed will of the majority. Bailout...Stimulus...ObamaCare...
    (Yes, the original auto bailout was Bush. He ain't earning any favor points with me, either.)


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