Poll: Tea party less popular than Muslims, atheists

Being a tea party member is no cup of tea.

According to a recent New York Times/CBS survey, tea party members are less popular than atheists, Muslims, Republicans, Democrats, and 21 other groups. The movement has lost 20 percent of its supporters and gained 40 percent more opponents, according to the poll. Another NYT/CBS poll published earlier this month revealed that the tea party’s unfavorable rating had increased 29 percent since April.

According to the Times, the tea party is catching up to the Christian Right’s low popularity. Times writers David E. Campbell and Robert D. Putnam present possible justifications for this, stating that the tea party’s mixing of politics and religion simply doesn’t appeal to the majority of Americans. Citing Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s “lengthy prayers at campaign stops,” the story claims pro-tea party folks are becoming “increasingly out of step with most Americans, even many Republicans.”

“Yet it is precisely this infusion of religion into politics that most Americans increasingly oppose,” the authors wrote. “While over the last five years Americans have become slightly more conservative economically, they have swung even further in opposition to mingling religion and politics. It thus makes sense that the Tea Party ranks alongside the Christian Right in unpopularity.”

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  • Anonymous

    Hooray!  Kick them out of Congress.  Let’s take our country back from the Tea Party economy and job killers.

  • Guest

    why no link to the survey?  Does it really exist?–I googled it for tem minutes but never found it. Why the secrecy?  Why on earth would a writer use a poll as the subject of an article and not provide a link to the poll?!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIETY5KLIIMOU3JLNTETFDQWTY silentnomore9

    I think as long as the tea party is willing to reject Ron Paul, they will continue to see their numbers diminish.  Ron Paul is the only Congressional representative that has upheld the foundational principles of the Constitution for over 35 years.  Not only that, he is faithful to God and faithful to the Constitution.  Yet, the tea party voices were just as silent about his strong showing in the straw poll as the media liars.  That doesn’t bode well for the success of the tea party in the next election. 

    I watched a video clip of Jon Stewart and the guy on Fox News, it may have been old or new I don’t know, but Jon Stewart mentioned Ron Paul’s name and the guy wouldn’t even speak the name of Ron Paul over the air.  It was a strange thing, he was in the middle of a sentence where he was about to say “Ron Paul”, he hesitated, looked away and spit out something else.

    The tea party is not about Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, etc. it is about restoring the foundations of the Constitution. It is not about conservative values, it is about restoring the foundations of the Constitution.  It is about impeaching judges who legislate from the bench, impeaching Presidents who usurp their Constitutional authority, recalling Senators and Congressional Representatives who usurp their Constitutional authority and voting people in who are willing to get rid of the out of control legislation, executive orders, court rulings and departmental regulations that infringe on our Constitutional freedoms.

    For many of us the tea party is about freedom from the oppression of the central government.  If the talking voices want to continue business as usual, we will depart from them just as surely as we departed from the Washington elites.  This is a revolution and we are trying to accomplish it without having to take up arms.  That is what the tea party is all about.

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  • Dave

    Consider the source, nuff said!!!