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Tea Party Support Dwindles
to Near-Record Low

Gallup, by Lydia Saad

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Posted By:congaree53, 9/26/2013 7:56:35 AM

PRINCETON, NJ -- As Washington braces for another budget showdown, this time with the threat of defunding the new healthcare law in the mix, the key political force pushing for conservative policies sees diminished popular support. Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement than did at the height of the movement in 2010, or even at the start of 2012. Today´s 22% support nearly matches the record low found two years ago.

Author notes in subhead that ´Republicans ambivalent about movement, while most Democrats oppose it. After I saw how the GOP treated Cruz, I believe her.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 9/26/2013 8:13:37 AM     (No. 9537468)

Whistling past the graveyard, are you Gallup?

The was also no French resistance, right? After all, the Germans could not locate anyone who would admit to it. Therefore, it did not exist.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: quegley, 9/26/2013 8:14:43 AM     (No. 9537469)


Keep on thinking that.

Since the "Tea Party" is really just us, and we don´t actively where matching sweater vest, don´t underestimate Americans, bucko. Your world could be getting the shock of your polling life.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Catherine, 9/26/2013 8:19:03 AM     (No. 9537473)

No it hasn´t. And I´m willing to bet the number of members in this party will explode in a couple of weeks. Just wait and see.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/26/2013 8:20:36 AM     (No. 9537474)

I am not a member of the "Tea Party movement" or organization but its small government principles have been mine for all my life

We are not card-carrying members of something. And some who are have proved to be not terrific. We subscribe to a philosophy.

Trying desperately to turn the Tea Party into a political party, Gallup is on the wrong track here.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 9/26/2013 8:22:51 AM     (No. 9537481)

Yeah, I´ll bet they talked to a LOT of patriots. We´re real big on polls.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: john56, 9/26/2013 8:23:05 AM     (No. 9537482)

Or maybe, with all the IRS and Obama-led persecution of the Tea Party, perhaps most of us have wisely decided to go underground.

(Still working on the secret handshake.)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bubby, 9/26/2013 8:24:21 AM     (No. 9537486)

I hope Gallup is wrong. My concern is that more and more citizens believe that every problem or concern they have can be fixed by a new law. The Tea Party is still alive but needs a strong showing in 2014. The msm along with the Democrats will continue to portray us as bigots, racists and homophobes. How I loathe the msm.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: littleorby, 9/26/2013 8:25:52 AM     (No. 9537494)

No! I did not read the article; and,

Perhaps I´m hiding my head in the sand, but simply put. I DON´T BELIEVE THIS POLL.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Foggybottom, 9/26/2013 8:27:47 AM     (No. 9537497)

Perhaps a reflection of strong arming that the Obama regime gave Gallup months ago. This was definitely a push poll. I wonder: who paid for it?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/26/2013 8:33:20 AM     (No. 9537503)

Amen, #8, but it must be true, Gallup said so and a newspaper printed it! s/

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Reply 11 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/26/2013 8:38:44 AM     (No. 9537512)

Ditto that, #4.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 9/26/2013 8:40:22 AM     (No. 9537516)

Being falsely accused of being racist, and every other bad thing the liberals and msm can think of, this Granny will still support the TEA party platform..quietly.
And do her work for the good of America, underground. Trust me, voters are simmering and ticked off. Never saw people so motivated.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: right-turn, 9/26/2013 8:47:17 AM     (No. 9537530)

Ridiculous! They poll 1500 people and think this is a legitimate outcome?
There is no way they could have determined that their respondents represented the United States.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: STLstudent, 9/26/2013 8:47:40 AM     (No. 9537531)

I would not tell a pollster my feelings about the nebulous Tea Party especially since Obama and company are willing to use the IRS to attack Obama´s political enemies. Why add your name to the Little Dictator´s list?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Gretchen, 9/26/2013 8:48:27 AM     (No. 9537533)

Isn´t it interesting that this poll came out right after Sen. Cruz´ speech?

The propagandists are slipping.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Daisymay, 9/26/2013 8:48:28 AM     (No. 9537534)

Baloney! I didn´t read the article because I have better reading on this site than a Gallup Poll. I don´t know if they revealed WHERE they took this Poll. Probably in New York City or some extremely Blue State. That said, a lot of folks aren´t going to SAY they are a member of a Tea Party just like most folks don´t admit to being a gun owner. They´re AFRAID of their GOVERNMENT!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chillijilli, 9/26/2013 8:52:08 AM     (No. 9537541)

FTA: Fewer Americans now describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party

That´s because there is no single clear concise official nationwide definition of what the Tea Party is. Regionally or demographically , it means different things to different people. Had Gallup asked instead whether or not Americans describe themselves as supporters of limited government I suspect the results would be completely different.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/26/2013 8:54:00 AM     (No. 9537545)

PS. I/we have never ever been polled on anything.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Marzipan, 9/26/2013 8:58:17 AM     (No. 9537552)

ROTFL. That is exactly what the media reported the last time they felt ´pressured´. Right from the Alinsky playbook.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: strike3, 9/26/2013 8:59:18 AM     (No. 9537554)

The Saul Alinski tactics have been so visibly and badly overused by the obama administration and their MSM lapdogs that it has turned many people into experts who have never even read "Rules For Radicals." When the time comes for serious action, the number of TEA Party Patriots out here will suprise even us. "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition."

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 9/26/2013 9:06:33 AM     (No. 9537567)

Polling relies on two assumptions for accuracy. The first is that the sample is representative. The second is that people tell the truth. Whenever a group is stigmatized those assumptions may no longer apply. Members decline to be polled or they give the socially accepted opinion.

I suspect a poll that avoided the term Tea Party and instead asked more detailed questions about the issues would find huge levels of support for the Tea Party platform.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Lone Star Csar, 9/26/2013 9:10:06 AM     (No. 9537576)

The Tea Party is strong. We´re in an interval between a Presidential election and midterm elections. Most people aren´t even thinking about it.

However, actions like those of Senators Cruz and Lee inspire and energize conservatives. These midterms will shock the MSM and the establishment Republicans. Its just the calm before the storm.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 9/26/2013 9:10:16 AM     (No. 9537579)

Really Gallup? Really Lydia Saad? Dream on.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 9/26/2013 9:13:23 AM     (No. 9537590)

People´s fundamental beliefs do not dwindle.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 9/26/2013 9:20:20 AM     (No. 9537598)

Like many here, the headline was enough.

We don´t have an "organized" Taxed Enough Already [TEA] Party here, but any time citizens are needed to go up against our newly elected because the voters wanted "change," Tax Hike Minded very Leftist City Counsel, enough citizens turn out to cause City Counsel meetings to go into the wee hours, and that Leftist counsel is being fought against at every turn in this very Conservative city.

So like I said, I don´t know any particulars of any organized TEA Party, but I know the number of citizens who believe they are Taxed Enough Already are not dwindling here.

And by the Way, Gallup, it´s TEA Party --not Tea Party. You can´t even get that right.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 9/26/2013 9:22:25 AM     (No. 9537602)

Tea Party support dwindles but support for Obama declines. Guess we can be Conservatives without joining a "Party". Check back in 4 months after millions of Americans have received their Health Care plan cancellation
from their current plan and are left hanging.
The journalist Michelle Malkin has posted the cancellation she has already received on her blog site.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: lil dotty, 9/26/2013 9:33:20 AM     (No. 9537621)

Glop errr Gallup,

It´s apparent you didn´t speak to the right people. Just because you didn´t find them doesn´t mean they don´t exist.

Ring the Bells of Freedom and take a look at what you see.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: arkfamily, 9/26/2013 9:40:07 AM     (No. 9537633)

I believe the IRS had something to do with that. The intent was to shut down these groups and make them ineffective for the 2012 elections and it worked. The media and every liberal has labeled the tea party as racist and that is another way to shut them down.

They can´t shut down my heart. I love the USA! We are a good country even if we are being led by ineffective leaders.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 9/26/2013 9:51:45 AM     (No. 9537646)

Nothing like a little lawsuit from the Justice Department to get your mind right, eh, Gallup?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Clinger, 9/26/2013 9:55:14 AM     (No. 9537655)

I greatly prefer to be underestimated by my adversaries. I was a constitutionalist who even identified with the Gasden flag decades before any Tea Party talk or identity. I remain so but probably don´t get counted in any measure of the strength of the tea party.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: enuf8, 9/26/2013 10:00:06 AM     (No. 9537665)

Wasn´t Gallup the one the DOJ went after because they didn´t like a poll taken in referencing obama?

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Susannah, 9/26/2013 10:07:32 AM     (No. 9537680)

#17, that´s the problem. A bunch of splinter groups with differing goals accomplishes little. The Tea Party should have unified, with a list of explicitly defined agreed-upon goals.

As it is, anyone can claim to be a Tea Party candidate, like the Democratic shill who running against McConnell in Kentucky now. Same thing happened in NY state a few years ago. A Republican was running for Congress, looked slated to win, so the Democrats persuaded one of their own to run as the "Tea Party" candidate. The fake Tea Party candidate drew enough votes so that the Democrat won.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Freeloader, 9/26/2013 10:11:11 AM     (No. 9537683)

Support dwindles to near-record low?...This article makes about as much sense to me as Adolf Schicklgruber´s observation concerning Germany´s invasion of the old USSR..."You only have to kick in the door and whole rotten structure will come crashing down."...Really?

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Reply 34 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/26/2013 10:16:58 AM     (No. 9537688)

#4 is exactly right. The beauty of the movement was that it wasn´t a structured effort. Think of us as tea party, not Tea Party.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/26/2013 10:21:35 AM     (No. 9537698)

With the reports about IRS scrutiny of Tea Party groups and supporters, I´m amazed that 22% would admit they support them. I hope they continue to think there´s no support, it makes it all the more delicious to see their faces on the day after the 2014 elections.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/26/2013 10:22:41 AM     (No. 9537699)

Saad is a common Arabic surname.

Lydia is just another fellow traveler who has sold her soul to broadcast the views she´s paid to have.

Female dog.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Hard Nard, 9/26/2013 10:24:28 AM     (No. 9537702)

Wishful thinking on their part.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 9/26/2013 10:28:57 AM     (No. 9537711)

"It´s like my daddy used to say:
He said Roseanne Roseannadana, If it´s not one thing it´s another thing."

"Tea Party Support Dwindles to Near-Record Low"

"Opposition To Tea Party Drops To Near-record Low"

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Reply 39 - Posted by: rochow, 9/26/2013 10:38:10 AM     (No. 9537734)

What a lie! Gallup did you poll everyone in the Oval for this ´poll´??

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Reply 40 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 9/26/2013 10:38:48 AM     (No. 9537736)

Actions speak louder than polls - er, words.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: billsv, 9/26/2013 11:27:48 AM     (No. 9537823)

You can always make what you want of ststisics. The average American is half man, half women. Picture that! See this artcle for a different interpretation- same data impartial view:

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Reply 42 - Posted by: geoguy, 9/26/2013 11:44:06 AM     (No. 9537854)

Sort of like when Zippy said Al Qaida is on the run. How did that work out for our men at Benghazi?

I hope they believe it to be true. This is a gift.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Tallgrass Palms, 9/26/2013 12:32:23 PM     (No. 9537916)

Saad, who did you poll.....the cockroach chorus in the White House?

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Reply 44 - Posted by: DaddyO, 9/26/2013 1:04:59 PM     (No. 9537963)

Funny, opposite story posted on Lucianne a few hours ago:
"Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low"


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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Illinois Dems to offer $100 million in
taxpayer money to lure Obama library site

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/18/2014 9:15:50 AM     Post Reply
First, the good news: We are close enough to the end of the Obama presidency for his crowd to talk about a presidential library. Now, the bad news: Obama´s retirement is still 1,008 days distant. Plenty of time though to round up the dough to build it somewhere. Figure they need Solyndra-style money, at least $500 million. The last two presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush -- built their legacy edifices totally with private money. [Snip] However, Obama supporters have a different take. They think taxpayers should put up $100 million in public money for Obama´s library.

Every Media Outlet: Hillary
Grandkid the Most Consequential
Baby Since Jesus

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Mediaite, by Tina Nguyen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/18/2014 10:34:40 AM     Post Reply
Less than 16 hours after Chelsea Clinton announced she was pregnant, a lot of major news outlets started staring into the crystal ball of Chelsea’s womb, wondering what this currently floating zygotic multicellular being meant for the prospects of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, which is also a floating, zygotic, multicellular being. Their answer: The immaculately conceived Clinton child could mean everything. And no, it’s not just the fact that having a grandchild could be personally fulfilling to Hillary and Bill (mazel tov, by the way), or that a cute baby would be a sweet cherry on top of Hillary’s already

Glen Campbell has been
moved into a facility

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People Magazine, by Gilliam Telling    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 4/17/2014 6:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Glen Campbell has been suffering from Alzheimer´s for over three years, but the Grammy-winning singer, 78, has recently moved into a facility, PEOPLE has confirmed. "He was moved to an Alzhemier´s facility last week," says a family friend. "I´m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We´ll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" crooner first opened up about having Alzheimer´s to PEOPLE in an exclusive 2011 interview. Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim Woolen, decided to go public with the news because Campbell hoped to embark on a final farewell live tour. The couple wanted his

Even Hillary Clinton Isn’t Sure What
We Should Like About Hillary Clinton

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PJ Media, by Stephen Kruiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:33:53 AM     Post Reply
The first step is admitting… It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered.(Snip)So…no definitive successes and some clear-cut failures. And that’s the generous New York Times assessment. The Democrat fantasy story about Mrs. Clinton paints her as strong and accomplished on her own. In reality, this is a woman who is professionally defined almost entirely by two men in her life, both of whom happen to have

Those ‘rogue’ agents
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New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/18/2014 4:37:07 AM     Post Reply
Remember when Lois Lerner, in answering a planted question at an American Bar Association conference, admitted the IRS had targeted conservative groups but tried to pass it off as the work of rogue agents — “our line people in Cincinnati”? Today we know there were indeed federal agents involved. But they weren’t rogue, and they weren’t confined to IRS workers in Cincinnati. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, we now have an e-mail Lerner sent to colleagues noting the Department of Justice was looking into criminal prosecutions of these tax-exempt groups. We know something else, too. These investigations

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