What Tea Party?

Conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports found in a recent survey that just 8% of voters claim to be Tea Party members:

Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress.  Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording,click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 3-4, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

And about half of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party.

Remember, the Remussen Reports has a reputation as a pro-conservative, or conservative-biased polling organization.

Which raises the immediate question: just who are those noisy right-wing nut jobs in the U.S. House representing? Under the “walk like a duck” principle, they seem to be Teabaggers, or at the very least, highly sympathetic with Teabagger aims. Why? Why are 8% of the voters holding the U.S. economy hostage?

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