Download PDF How strong is the Tea Party today? One way to begin to answer the question is to examine how views of the Tea Party have changed since 2010 when the pollsters began to track opinions about it. AEI’s public opinion team does just that in this compilation, reviewing trends from 10 major pollsters on Tea Party activism, support, and favorability. Many of the questions in this report show a slight drop in support since 2010, when they were first asked.
Quinnipiac University and Economist/Yougov asks one of the most specific questions about involvement – whether you are “part of the Tea Party movement.” In September 2013, 12 percent of registered voters told Quinnipiac they were part of the Tea Party movement. When Quinnipiac first asked the question in March 2010, 12 percent also gave that response. In Pew’s October poll, 32 percent disagree with it, up from 25 percent in July.
Gallup, AP/GfK-Roper, CBS News and the New York Times, and NBC and the Wall Street Journal ask people whether they are “supporters.” An October 2013 CBS/New York Times question and a September 2013 Gallup survey produced similar responses (21 percent said they were supporters in the former, 22 percent in the latter.) The ABC/Washington poll asks a different question about whether people support or oppose the Tea Party. Their latest May 2013 poll shows that 40 percent support and 43 percent oppose it, slightly down from the 44 percent who supported it and 43 percent who opposed in August 2012.
Fox and CNN/Opinion Research Corporation ask people whether they have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party. In a September 2013 CNN/ORC poll, 31 percent had a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, up barely from 28 percent in March. The Pew Research Center asks if people agree or disagree with the Tea Party. In their October 2013 poll, 19 percent agreed and 32 disagreed. Most said they had no opinion either way.