September 6, 2011

Tea Party: Better Known, Less Popular

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The Tea Party has become better known since the beginning of last year. Though, as it has become more familiar to Americans, its image has become less positive.

The Tea Party has become much better known since the beginning of last year. But as the Tea Party has become more well-known, its image has become less positive. A survey conducted Aug. 17-21 by the Pew Research Center for the People &the Press found that 36% of those surveyed say they have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement while 43% have an unfavorable view; 20% are unfamiliar with the Tea Party or express no opinion of the movement. In February 2010, about the same percentage as today (33%) had a favorable opinion of the Tea Party but just a quarter (25%) had an unfavorable opinion; far more (42%) were unable to rate the Tea Party. Conservative Republicans are one of the only groups in which favorable views of the Tea Party have increased since early last year – 73% have a favorable opinion now, compared with 59% then. Unfavorable opinions among conservative Republicans have not increased over this period (14% now, 11% then). The public continues to be divided over whether Republican leaders in Congress are paying too much, the right amount or too little attention to the Tea Party. Currently, 30% say GOP leaders are paying too much attention to the Tea Party while about the same percentage (31%) say they are paying too little attention to the Tea Party; 20% say they are giving the right amount of attention to the group. These views are little changed from early April (27% too much, 32% too little, 23% right amount). Read More