Gallup: 71% say GOP should listen to the Tea Party

posted at 10:12 am on January 31, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the media and the political establishment treated the Tea Party like a fringe group of lunatics that signaled the end of the Republic?  Of course you do; it was just last week.  But perhaps it’s the media and political establishment that have marginalized themselves as a result.  Gallup’s new survey shows that almost three out of every four adults say it’s important for the GOP to account for Tea Party ideas in their policies — including a majority of Democrats:

About 7 in 10 national adults, including 88% of Republicans, say it is important that Republican leaders in Congress take the Tea Party movement’s positions and objectives into account as they address the nation’s problems. Among Republicans, 53% rate this “very important.” …

Although few Democrats (6%) are supporters of the Tea Party or even have a favorable view of it (11%), more than half say it is important that the Republican Party take the Tea Party’s positions into account. Why this is the case is unclear, although Democrats may simply feel that the opposing party should pay attention to all of its constituencies.

Perhaps underscoring the same principle, Republicans overwhelming feel their leaders should take the Tea Party’s positions into account, even though barely half are self-identified as Tea Party supporters.

I’d somehow doubt that Democrats are really all that concerned about whether the GOP listens to “all its constituencies.”  Their party leaders and the media spend most of their time sneering at the “teabaggers,” and dismissing them as cranks, or worse.  The flip side to this analysis is that 44% of Democrats would think it unimportant for politicians to pay attention to their constituents, which seems unlikely to be the case.

“New survey” is somewhat relative.  While Gallup published these results today, the survey itself was taken between January 14 and 16, within a few days after the shooting in Tucson and the media’s rush to smear the Tea Party as an unindicted co-conspirator.  If those numbers were ever going to suffer, it would have been that week.  Yet majorities in all party affiliations think that their ideas deserve important consideration, including 53% of Democrats, 72% of independents, and 88% of Republicans.

Andrew Malcolm tells his colleagues to stop looking for the schism in the GOP:

Last week, you’ll remember, the “tea party” even had its own short response to Obama’s State of the Union speech, given by Rep. Michele Bachmann, who formed the House Tea Party Caucus, followingthe usual GOP response, given by Rep. Paul Ryan, who heads the House Budget Committee.

The dominant media theme, perhaps wistfully, was that this showed a split or, worse a schism, in the GOP. This despite denials all around and an impression among many who listened to the responses that Ryan’s broad overview and Bachmann’s detailed Perot-like charts complemented each other in a kind of Obama double-team.

The new Gallup findings seem to indicate that by a lopsided margin, regardless of their “tea party” impressions, Americans see such cooperation or teamwork as a good thing. Developing support for tea party positions as well as listening could augur large trouble for Obama’s reelect next year.

If the Tea Party has 53% of Democrats interested in its ideas, “large trouble” could be an understatement.


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Please let it be so.

NJ Red on January 31, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I’m sure some progressives answered “yes” cynically because they think it will hurt the Republicans, but Tea Party ideas are mainstream: stop spending more than comes in and follow the rule of the Constitution.

Not radical.

forest on January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Amazing how the idea of “STOP SPENDING” can take hold when it’s your wallet being savaged.

Bishop on January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Whoa! Time for Obama to kill the internets, Fox News and talk radio.

darwin on January 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Bad news for the kenites.

True_King on January 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

The LA Times actually ran a story similar to this and if I remember correctly, the number was like 82% waning the GOP to follow the TP demands. Another huge number viewed the Bachmann response to the SOTU address favorably, especially the use of the graphs.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Super. But let’s not gloat, let’s work. To paraphrase Ben Franklin, we have a republic if we can keep it.

pugwriter on January 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Conservatism wins. Every time.

kingsjester on January 31, 2011 at 10:22 AM

B-b-but they are racist.

And violent.

ramrants on January 31, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Tyranny is never more then one election away from extinction.
Well…maybe two.

Electrongod on January 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM

It seems the d’s have TP newly elected in their sights for 2012! We have got to help keep these in office come voting time!

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/31/democrats-launch-campaign-against-19-house-republican-targets-for-2012/
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letget on January 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Vyce and GoodLt hardest hit.

fossten on January 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

The Egyptian Tea Party?

faraway on January 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Ignore the Tea Party ideology at your peril!

search4truth on January 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

People want fiscal reform. That’s it. They had a enough. Moody’s gave another credit warning again.

Oil Can on January 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Karl Rove & Charles Krauthammer hardest hit….

james23 on January 31, 2011 at 10:32 AM

It is impossible for there to be a split in the Left.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Depends on what the Tea Party’s message is. The chief message of the Tea Party is to cut spending, cut the debt/deficit, and lower taxes. Its a pocketbook party and thats why it is so appealing in a time of devalued dollar and high unemployment. However, the many components of the Bush-era compassionate conservative Republican coalition have each tried to make their cause part of the Tea Party message, including many of the elements of the social conservative movement. A Tea Party that is essentially a doubling down on all parts of the Bush Republican doctrine will never catch steam. Its the Tea Party that strips down the Republican platform to a simple timely message of fiscal discipline that has the chance to gain widespread support and right this country’s ship.

Raisedbywolves on January 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Its the Tea Party that strips down the Republican platform to a simple timely message of fiscal discipline

*fiscal discipline, smaller government, and pro-growth economics

Raisedbywolves on January 31, 2011 at 10:34 AM

It is impossible for there to be a split in the Left.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2011 at 10:33 AM

I guess some on the left just don’t know who they are. They just got caught up in the wave and are now feeling the hangover.

Electrongod on January 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM

The Bachmann TP response was met here with much negativity, but not by the American people as a whole. Ed has always given Sarah and Michelle B. their due respect; AP not so much at all.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM

There is a very large percentage of Reagan democrats in the Tea Party. If the truth is known, the GOP establishment is really the third party. If they don’t listen, no big deal. They will definitely be reduced to third party status in 2012.

volsense on January 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Might add this before I head off into the -20 something global warming we are experiencing here… CK and Rove have harmed themselves big time with their rhetoric against the woman who are giving the regular folks a voice.. Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Michelle Bachmann, and Andrew Breitbart have given us a voice at their own peril. We owe them for this.

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Bad news for the kenites Kenyan.

True_King on January 31, 2011 at 10:18 AM

FIFY

UltimateBob on January 31, 2011 at 10:49 AM

*fiscal discipline, smaller government, and pro-growth economics

And the big one! Adherence to the Constitution.

BetseyRoss on January 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Every democrat I have talked to, when pressed, supports what the Tea Party supports.
Most every democrat wants smaller government, lower taxes…they really do.
They just have a knee jerk reaction to the term “Tea Party”, and it is the “progressives” the left party of the dems who are the ones who want ever expanding government…but they are a minority (double entendre intended).

right2bright on January 31, 2011 at 10:54 AM

I looked at the Gallup results, and I have to wonder if the poll numbers look any different for “likely voters.” That’s where the rubber meets the road.

I would guess that the Tea Party comes out even more favorably among likely voters.

UltimateBob on January 31, 2011 at 10:55 AM

I’m sure some progressives answered “yes” cynically because they think it will hurt the Republicans, but Tea Party ideas are mainstream: stop spending more than comes in and follow the rule of the Constitution.

Not radical.

forest on January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

My thoughts as I read that as well. Many democrats think that the tea party hurts the republican brand so of course they would suggest that the republicans listen to the tea party. That’s okay. It’s an epic fail on their part which will become clear by 2012.

KickandSwimMom on January 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

“…following the usual GOP response, given by Rep. Paul Ryan, who heads the House Budget Committee”

I found nothing “usual” about Ryan’s address. Sobering, but far from usual. It was almost too bad that Bachmann’s presentation had to collect all the lamestream media attention, (mostly negative) when Ryan and Bachmann both had the message that this government can not continue spending.

Rovin on January 31, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Maybe this would be a wake up call to the gop establishment to stop attacking the national spokespeople for the TEA party like MB anf SP. Now if the GOP gives some leadership positions in the house to the TEA party

unseen on January 31, 2011 at 11:12 AM

this would also explain the right track/wrong track polls for the last 11 years or so. both the GOP under Bush and the dems under Obama have gone the way of bigger government and more spending…..

this also shows that the Reagan rev)L)tion is alive and well and those that try to move beyond Reagan are doomed to lose the will of the people.

unseen on January 31, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Amazing how the idea of “STOP SPENDING” can take hold when it’s your wallet being savaged.

Bishop on January 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Thread winner!!

Conservative Samizdat on January 31, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Andrew Malcolm tells his colleagues to stop looking for the schism in the GOP:

Anyone who thinks a schism does NOT exist apparently hasn’t spent much time perusing the HotAir comment fields.

Vyce on January 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Proud to be a part of it.

Yakko77 on January 31, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Democrat Party = Diet Coke
Republican Party = Diet Coke w/ Lemon

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 11:27 AM

“GOP should listen to the Tea Party”

What?

Pffttt! This is so turned around.
It is the TP who may consider giving these Republicrats a seat at the table.

eyesky on January 31, 2011 at 11:35 AM

The dems will only pay attention to Tea Party ideas to provide lip service to them. We want our ideas promoted and passed into laws.

Kissmygrits on January 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Anyone who thinks a schism does NOT exist apparently hasn’t spent much time perusing the HotAir comment fields.

Vyce on January 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Right. Cause you “Progressive” Republicans have the same mindset of the left – be sheeple; any debate on direction of the party in the rank and file is to be discouraged. To do otherwise automatically implies schism, treason, revolution and probably sins against humanity.

miConsevative on January 31, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Anyone who thinks a schism does NOT exist apparently hasn’t spent much time perusing the HotAir comment fields.

Vyce on January 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Anyone who doesn’t see a schism hasn’t spent much time reading much of anything political.

Dark-Star on January 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

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Nearly Nobody on January 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Although few Democrats (6%) are supporters of the Tea Party or even have a favorable view of it (11%), more than half say it is important that the Republican Party take the Tea Party’s positions into account. Why this is the case is unclear, although Democrats may simply feel that the opposing party should pay attention to all of its constituencies.

Maybe the Democrats who say the Republicans should take the Tea Party’s positions into account want Republicans to divide between the Tea Party and “establishment” Republicans–divide and conquer.

Did Gallup give figures for how “Independent” voters feel about the Tea Party? If a majority of THEM want Republicans to take Tea Party positions into account, then it’s a true majority for the Tea Party, not Democrats wanting Republicans to self-destruct.

The original 1773 Boston Tea Party was against “taxation without representation”, and the modern Tea Party must concentrate on the same theme: what Obama and Pelosi and Reid are spending doesn’t represent us! If the modern Tea Party stays focused and doesn’t get distracted by side issues, it can take over the Republican Party and the reins of power.

We’ll even forgive Harry Reid for beating Sharron Angle!

Harry Reid for Senate MINORITY leader in 2012 !!!

Steve Z on January 31, 2011 at 12:57 PM

You know what THIS means. It means we MUST pick a “moderate” Republican who will unite the party. (Do I even need the tag?)

Seriously, as someone said above Conservatism, REAL Conservatism, works every time it’s tried.

gary4205 on January 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM

If the truth is known, the GOP establishment is really the third party. If they don’t listen, no big deal. They will definitely be reduced to third party status in 2012.

volsense on January 31, 2011 at 10:43 AM

This is the whole truth of the matter. Get with the program or get left behind.

Mirimichi on January 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I’ve been waiting to hear about that court case in Florida all day! Guess I’ll give up.

So what’s up with Huntsman? Apparently a member of Obama’s own administration running against him isn’t news these days?

petunia on January 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM