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CBS/New York Times poll: 4 percent of Americans are tea partiers

Democrats are pushing back a little against this week's CNN poll that has 10 percent of Americans claiming to be participants in the tea party movement. Their effort seemed to draw strength Wednesday from a new CBS News/New York Times poll on Americans' views of taxation digs a little deeper and finds a smaller number: Only 4 percent of people identified themselves to pollsters "who have attended a rally or donated money" to tea parties.

Why do Democrats want to worry this point? There's a risk of positive takes on the tea parties getting out of control.

Polls that ask whether Americans "agree" with the tea parties' show occasionally have that number higher than support for Democratic policies. Democrats need the tea parties to stay as fringe as, say, the 2002-2003 antiwar movement.

By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 5:40 PM ET
Categories:  Tea Party  | Tags: CBS, CNN, Democratic, Republican, Tax, Tea, Tea Party movement, United States  
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