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Poll: Americans skeptical of tea party movement

The Washington Post and ABC News are out with a new poll on the tea party movement that goes deeper than other such surveys in determining what Americans think. Overall, there's a lot of skepticism about the movement, but a reluctance to believe the worst media narratives.

Take the section on what subjects "think support for the Tea Party
movement is based on." Only 28 percent of voters say it's "racial prejudice against Obama." The biggest majority, 61 percent, say it's "distrust of government in general." That's not surprising, as 69 percent of all voters -- the highest number since 1996 -- pronounce themselves dissatisfied with how the federal government works.

At the same time, only 8 percent of people polled claimed to be "active participant[s] in the Tea Party movement." And a slight majority, 54 percent, say they're not interested in news about the movement. I've put more results below the jump.

21. Changing topics: overall would you say you support the political
movement known as the Tea Party, you oppose the Tea Party, or that you
neither support not oppose it? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Do you feel that way
strongly or somewhat? (IF NEITHER) Would you say you lean towards
supporting or opposing the Tea Party movement?

--------- Support --------- ---------- Oppose
--------- No
NET Strgly Smwht Lean Neither NET Lean Smwht
Strgly opin.
4/25/10 27 17 7 3 44 24 3 7 13
5


21a. (IF STRONGLY/SOMEWHAT SUPPORT TEA PARTY MOVEMENT) Do you consider
yourself to be an active participant in the Tea Party movement, or a
supporter but not an active participant?

Active Not active No opin.
4/25/10 8 90 2


Combined results from questions 21 and 21a:

--------------- Support ---------------
Active
No
NET prtcpnt Spprtr Lean No opin. Neither Oppose
opinion
4/25/10 27 2 22 3 1 44 24
5


22. How interested are you in learning more about the Tea Party movement –
very interested, somewhat interested, not so interested or not interested
at all?

----- Interested ---- ----- Not interested ---- No
NET Very Somewhat NET Not so Not at all opinion
4/25/10 46 13 33 54 19 35 *


23. Which political party, the (Democrats), the (Republicans), or the (Tea
Party) do you think [ITEM]?

4/25/10 - Summary Table
Tea All None
No
Dems Reps Party (vol.) (vol.)
opinion
a. best represents your own
personal values 48 24 14 1 9
3
b. is most concerned with the
needs of people like you 49 23 17 1 7
4
c. best understands the
economic problems people
in this country are having 48 22 17 2 8
4

Trend:

a. best represents your own personal values
All None No
Democrats Republicans Tea Party (vol.) (vol.)
opinion
4/25/10 48 24 14 1 9 3
11/15/09 49 39 NA 2 9 2
11/4/06 RV 48 44 1 6 2
10/8/06 53 37 2 7 1
11/2/05 50 40 1 7 1
4/24/05 47 38 2 10 2
3/14/99 47 39 3 8 3

b. is most concerned with the needs of people like you

All None No
Democrats Republicans Tea Party (vol.) (vol.)
opinion
4/25/10 49 23 17 1 7 4
11/15/09 51 36 NA 2 9 3
10/8/06 58 30 2 9 1
8/6/06 56 30 1 12 2
11/2/05 56 33 1 9 1

c. No trend.


24. Which of these comes closest to your own view: (The more I hear about
the Tea Party movement, the more I like it) or (The more I hear about the
Tea Party movement, the less I like it).

Haven’t
More I Less I Neither heard No
like it like it (vol.) (vol.) opinion
4/25/10 34 43 8 11 4


25. Say a candidate for Congress associates him or herself with the Tea
Party. Would that make you more likely to (support) that candidate for
Congress, more likely to (oppose) that candidate, or wouldn’t it make much
difference in your vote? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE) Would you be much more likely
to support/oppose that candidate, or somewhat more?

------ Support ------ ------- Oppose ------ Wouldn’t make
No
NET Much Somewhat NET Somewhat Much much
difference opinion
4/25/10 14 7 7 23 7 16 59
4
4/25/10 RV 15 9 6 24 7 17 58
3


26. To what extent, if at all, do you think support for the Tea Party
movement is based on (ITEM) - a great deal, a good amount, just some or not
at all?

4/25/10 - Summary Table
- Grt deal/Good amt- - Some/Not at all -
Great Good Just Not
No
NET deal amount NET some at all
opinion
a. Concern about the economy 56 40 16 36 22 14
7
b. Dissatisfaction with
the Republican Party 38 21 18 54 37 17
8
c. Opposition to Obama and
the Democratic Party's
policies 58 39 19 35 24 11
7
d. Racial prejudice
against Obama 28 19 9 64 21 43
9
e. Distrust of government
overall 61 40 21 32 23 9
7

By David Weigel  |  May 5, 2010; 8:02 AM ET
Categories:  Polls , Tea Party  
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