Poll: Tea Partiers disappointed in Hill leaders

posted at 8:05 pm on August 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Everybody disapproves of everybody these days, it seems. The Tea Party is disappointed with Republican leaders in Congress. The American people are disappointed with the Tea Party. And just 39 percent of the nation approves of President Barack Obama. Politico reports a new Pew Research Center poll stays on trend:

Almost half of Republicans polled said they aren’t happy with their party leaders’ job performances, with approval dropping 23 points since January to just 46 percent. And voters who associate with the tea party hold an even more dismal view of their House and Senate leaders — only 37 percent of tea partiers approve of the way GOP honchos on the Hill are doing their jobs. …

And as the Tea Party has become more well known, voters have begun viewing the movement much more negatively, the study also showed.

Slightly less than half of those surveyed — 43 percent — have an unfavorable of the Tea Party. Back in Feb. 2010, just 25 percent saw the movement negatively.

The survey showed that favorability has increased slightly since 2010, however, with 36 percent of those polled now saying they have a positive opinion of the Tea Party. Conservative Republicans are also still hot for the Tea Party: 73 percent have a favorable opinion of the movement, compared to 59 percent in 2010.

Sounds to me like the time is ripe for a few likable politicians.

One of the great contributions of the Tea Party to the present political climate was a renewed emphasis on conviction, as opposed to pure politics — and the recruitment of political outsiders with expertise in crucial areas like entrepreneurship, the military and, quite frankly, parenthood. But as Republican leadership has increasingly incorporated Tea Partiers in Congress, that emphasis on conviction has been painted as arbitrary stubbornness and that outsider status has been portrayed as dangerous ignorance. Tea Partiers need to remember what made them likable to independents and undecideds: In 2010, Tea Party candidates were truly “of the people.” And establishment Republicans need to remember it was the Tea Party — and not the GOP — that carried the midterm elections.

It’s an old pageant maxim that you don’t have to impress the judges — you just have to get them to like you. And while it might be true that impressive and likable wins every time, it’s equally true that impressive but unlikeable never wins. In other words, don’t dispense with the conviction — just wrap it in a pleasant package.

Actually listening to constituents would be a good place to start. Yet nearly 60 percent of House lawmakers are not holding free open-to-the-public town halls during the August recess. The D.C. disconnect will continue until lawmakers tune into the rest of the country — and until we the people take a little more responsibility for the leadership we’ve elected and do something — anything — to help pick ourselves and our neighbors up in a time of economic difficulty instead of seeking wildly to disapprove.


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‘Poll: Tea Partiers disappointed in Hill leaders’

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annoyinglittletwerp on August 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

only 37 percent of tea partiers approve of the way GOP honchos on the Hill are doing their jobs. …

Not liking the unrealistic, impatient side of the 37 percent-ers in the T.P.

Buy Danish on August 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

TPs don’t like sissies.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2011 at 8:13 PM

“The best we could do!”

Live by your words, grease balls.

Bishop on August 25, 2011 at 8:13 PM

In other news, water, wet; sky, blue; sun, rising in the east.

Purple Fury on August 25, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Kabuki is supposed to be the democrat playbook.

Compromising with the devil doesn’t set well.

Speakup on August 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

It’s an old pageant maxim…

Pageant? Do tell.

SlaveDog on August 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Tea Party members do not care whether anyone likes them. This is not a popularity contest. The Tea Party is standing up for core principles which established and sustained this country. We recognize that unless this nation returns to its fundamental principles and common sense, it is doomed. We will stand and fight for this nation’s preservation. If we lose this fight, it is not the Tea Party who loses, America loses, and will cease to exist as we have all lived in it.

I can assure you that at least in my area, we are not interested in polls. We are interested in results, and our numbers of supporters is continuing to grow as we interact with people at the grass roots level and make them aware that our country will go bankrupt if this disastrous course is not reversed. We are still on a ocurse of adding $7 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, thanks to Republican leaders in congress.

Perhaps the rest of the country does not have the intestinal fortitude for this fight for the nation’s survival; but we do; and we will not compromise on principle in defense of this nation.

SheetAnchor on August 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Inevitable.

This poll should surprise no one. Indeed, it should have been predicted 5 seconds after the mid terms were over, that the folks we send to Washington would turn out to be something of a disappointment.

Seriously, what is the solution? What can we do to stop those we elect from disappointing us?

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

In other news … it has been discovered that WATER is … WET

HondaV65 on August 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Boehner needs to go. He snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory & then felt good about himself.

Primary out Boehner before he switches partys…

SERFER62 on August 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Seriously, what is the solution? What can we do to stop those we elect from disappointing us?

Johnny 100 Pesos on August 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Vote them out. We must stop electing people of low character who compromise on principle. All of this compromising and ignoring principle has led this nation to the edge of the cliff. We have to vote for people that will vote the way you would if you were in office. We need honest citizen legislators, not career politicians.

SheetAnchor on August 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM

The Republican leadership is disappointing in multiple ways, including letting the democrats control the spin. Why has no Republican leader pointed out that Obama risked causing a default by insisting, unconditionally, that he get an extension of the debt ceiling increase until after the next election? This is just like the pain from Obamacare not really kicking in until after the next election. The easy point is that the real Obama will not show up until after the November 2012 elections. Why are the Republican “leaders” silent on this?

GaltBlvnAtty on August 25, 2011 at 8:37 PM

too old, too slow. That wasn’t hard to figure out.

Need new blood and ideas … replace all the losers.

tarpon on August 25, 2011 at 8:39 PM

This is what I don’t get about the attacks on the Tea Party. It doesn’t matter an inch to anyone or anything what their popularity level is. The Tea Party are the people. There is no point in attacking them or running against them. Whether or not their approval rating is high or low won’t change a thing. There is nothing to gain by attacking them and everything to lose. For Obama, it may simply that he has no choice in mitigating damage and trying his best so that the Tea Party doesn’t become mainstream. The thing is that if the Tea Party does go away, that’s exactly what will have had happened.

MrX on August 25, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Everybody disapproves of everybody these days, it seems. The Tea Party is disappointed with Republican leaders in Congress. The American people are disappointed with the Tea Party. And just 39 percent of the nation approves of President Barack Obama.

The American people are disappointed with racists and terrorists.

The fact that the Dems have successfully painted the Tea Party as such doesn’t change public opinion on the issues.

It’s sort of like the ’04 campaign. Democrats dehumanized Bush, trotted out every celebrity on the Pacific for Kerry, and made “Bush voter” into an internet insult. Then they were astonished when Kerry lost despite the polling.

HitNRun on August 25, 2011 at 8:48 PM

The Republican leadership is disappointing in multiple ways, including letting the democrats control the spin. Why has no Republican leader pointed out that Obama risked causing a default by insisting, unconditionally, that he get an extension of the debt ceiling increase until after the next election? This is just like the pain from Obamacare not really kicking in until after the next election. The easy point is that the real Obama will not show up until after the November 2012 elections. Why are the Republican “leaders” silent on this?

GaltBlvnAtty on August 25, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Because they are scared. They are scared of the MSM and the liberal/socialists demonizing them, and causing them to lose their elected positions. The liberals will destroy this country. They believe in socialism, despite the fact that it is a failed economic system. They are simply idealistic and ignorant; and about half of the citizens today, are equally ignorant.

The liberals fight tooth and nail for their agenda. Too many Republicans in congress are political cowards. They will always compromise out of fear, and thus fail to act in a manner necessary to protect the country from cataclysmic failure.

These people must be replaced, at the next election, otherwise this nation cannot be saved. It seems that only the Tea Party really understands how desperate our nation’s situation is. What has kept us free and secure are immutable principles; our adherence to them; and the predictable outcomes of economic wealth, and military strength. We are now economically weak and headed toward failure. Economic failure will mean the money will no longer be available to remain an invincible super-power. China is now building up their military power, and we are watching the erosion of ours, due to weak, misguided, self-serving leadership, their mismanagement of our financial resources, and too many ignorant citizens today.

SheetAnchor on August 25, 2011 at 8:53 PM

It’s an old pageant maxim that you don’t have to impress the judges — you just have to get them to like you.

The very reason I still believe in world peace. Yet, I must admit, the only part of the pageants I ever watch is … drum roll … the swimsuit competition.

TXUS on August 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Perhaps the rest of the country does not have the intestinal fortitude for this fight for the nation’s survival; but we do; and we will not compromise on principle in defense of this nation.

SheetAnchor on August 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

This.

Because they are scared. They are scared of the MSM and the liberal/socialists demonizing them, and causing them to lose their elected positions. The liberals will destroy this country. They believe in socialism, despite the fact that it is a failed economic system. They are simply idealistic and ignorant; and about half of the citizens today, are equally ignorant.

The liberals fight tooth and nail for their agenda. Too many Republicans in congress are political cowards. They will always compromise out of fear, and thus fail to act in a manner necessary to protect the country from cataclysmic failure.

And This.
Pretty much summed it up SA.

noworldcitizen on August 25, 2011 at 9:32 PM

conservatives need to sober up. this is a long term game. on the one side we have barry’s billionaires. buffet talks to barry and then buys 5B of bac preferreds at 6 percent, plus some stock. what did barry tell warren?

so we have Christine O’D pitching her book. Is there any more clear cut difference between the establishment and the TP….Warren v. Christine?

I know there was a silly little piece about the unions early. go look at the leftists web sites…In these times, People’s World. They’ll tell you. Trumpka is talking about direct action and changing the elcctoral game in some areas.

But they all know who has got to win…that would be Barry. Don’t kid yourselves. the Unions and the Billionaire chronies. Barry has a very good chance of winning.

r keller on August 25, 2011 at 9:35 PM

. POLITICO reported earlier this month that several congressmen, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) were forgoing free forums for events that required attendees to pay.

Members of House leadership – both Democrats and Republicans – were split on whether they were holding town halls, according to No Labels’s research. GOP leaders including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) weren’t holding events, according to the group. Meanwhile, House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) had events planned, as did the conference’s vice chair, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

So, the GOP “leadership” are either not meeting constituents or need to be paid in order to do so.

RedRobin145 on August 25, 2011 at 9:43 PM

When we won in Nov. 2010 I thought we would finally see something done that needs to be done. But, when Boehner and McConnell were reelected to leadership, I knew we still have a long way to go.

They may be good and decent men, but they are not leaders.

Jvette on August 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM

There, there, JoBo darlin’
I still love ya. Unfortunately I can’t vote. Yet.

Fortunata on August 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Actually listening to constituents would be a good place to start. Yet nearly 60 percent of House lawmakers are not holding free open-to-the-public town halls during the August recess.

Predominately democrats, with a health dose of republicans also. It’s telling that they do not want to hear from the people.

The purge needs to go deeper.

Kini on August 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

What’s to like?

Boehner’s $100 Billion budget cut came to virtually nothing.

Boehners debt ceiling deal is $2.4 Trillion to Obama immediately in exchange for $88 Billion in spending cuts this year, a commission and worthless Democrat promises of future cuts.

How could Republicans be more useless?

RJL on August 25, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I’d love to know why John Boehner and Eric Cantor participated in any talks with Obama and the Democrats. The Democrats were not interested in a deal, with were interested in showing the Republicans as uncompromising so they could blame them for the debt ceiling not being raised, that was the plan.

If Boehner had any guts, he would have told Harry Reid and Obama that the House had passed a budget, that would have dealt with enough of the debt ceiling so they could start working on revising the tax code. Then, refuse to bargain until the Obama and the Senate pass a budget, either a single one or one of the ones that neither of them submitted. Then I would have started working on other things. Instead, they wasted months negotiating with someone whose only goal was to make you look bad, and end up with a deal that accomplished very little but give the Democrats and Obama more time to demagogue you.

They wonder why the tea party is upset. They really need to get their heads on straight because the Democrats want to saddle this country with more debt than we can handle and if this group of Republicans can’t save us, we’ll have to elect another group.

bflat879 on August 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Actually listening to constituents would be a good place to start. Yet nearly 60 percent of House lawmakers are not holding free open-to-the-public town halls during the August recess.


Steve Chabot in Ohio just demonstrated how the current crop of Republicans don’t want to listen to their constituents. He decided that he could control whether private citizens could use a video camera in a public place to tape a public meeting. Now, because of the outcry, he has changed the rules for his next town hall.

Just one example of a Republican that has not earned reelection next term.

jackal40 on August 25, 2011 at 10:58 PM

And as the Tea Party has become more well known, voters have begun viewing the movement much more negatively,

Yep…The dems don’t like the TEA Party influence because of the resistance it posed to dem spending. The status quo Republicans don’t like the TEA Party because the SQR’s are being pressured not to go along to get along. So now, the TEA Party is a “polarizing” force that needs to be shunned as all polarizing/principled entities/individuals should be…That is, at least in the eyes of the cocktail crowd and their attendant Renfield’s…

Gohawgs on August 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

The four words the Beltway RINOs and GOP fossils dislike most yet had best get used to hearing more loudly:

“YOU WORK FOR US.”

Had it not been for some of the primary shakeups in 2010 and similar prospects ahead…. Meandering Mitch and Tearful Johnny likely would have completely played the Beltway Tune as usual. Frist and Hastert chose to and, for all practical purposes, got booted for doing so.

viking01 on August 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Just one example of a Republican that has not earned reelection next term.

jackal40 on August 25, 2011 at 10:58 PM

I saw that link last night on Drudge. I emailed HA the link but haven’t seen a story here…Can’t believe a R would ask the Cops to confiscate the cameras/camcorders of private citizens while at the same time allowing the local TV station to continue to film. And, how the Cops thought it legal to confiscate items from private citizens who were attending a public meeting in a public building is beyond me…

Gohawgs on August 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM

Gohawgs on August 25, 2011 at 11:19 PM

He’s holding another one on Monday. I plan to show up and will ask “How do you justify dictating to your constituents what they can and cannot do. Do you not understand You Work For Us.”

I read today that the County Prosecutor is looking into this. I have written them pressing for charges.

jackal40 on August 25, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Steve Chabot in Ohio just demonstrated how the current crop of Republicans don’t want to listen to their constituents. He decided that he could control whether private citizens could use a video camera in a public place to tape a public meeting. Now, because of the outcry, he has changed the rules for his next town hall.

Just one example of a Republican that has not earned reelection next term.

jackal40 on August 25, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Isn’t he the guy who got beat in 2006 or 2008 and came back in the wave last year?

Heck no he shouldn’t be reelected, and every worthless goose-stepping jack-booted thug cop who illegally confiscated a phone or camera should be fired with loss of all benefits.

Adjoran on August 26, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Tea Partiers don’t like PHONY and/or INCOMPETENT politicians.

The RINO’s who bought into the phony “Spend immediately, Cut Later…over the next ten years” deal are either PHONIES who actually support the Democrat “tax and spend” agenda, or easily-manipulated SUCKERS who couldn’t figure out that there were NO “cuts” whatsoever in the deal, or they are INCOMPETENT negotiators.

landlines on August 26, 2011 at 1:59 AM

“””seeking wildly to disapprove”””””

?????????????????????????????

seems to me the Tea Party…… has been say’n something similar to “Tear down this wall” and the response they’ve gotten is cheaper vodka and cigarettes.

Their drop in poll numbers is simply a response to 24/7 negative slurs from the Propaganda arm of the Government, The MSM. SURPRISE…NOT.

But there really is no escaping the simple fact that anyone that has their opened can see. EVERY PONZI SCHEME COMES TO AND END. AND THAT END IS NEVER PRETTY.

Just say’n

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 26, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Tea Party members do not care whether anyone likes them. This is not a popularity contest. The Tea Party is standing up for core principles which established and sustained this country. We recognize that unless this nation returns to its fundamental principles and common sense, it is doomed. We will stand and fight for this nation’s preservation. If we lose this fight, it is not the Tea Party who loses, America loses, and will cease to exist as we have all lived in it.

I can assure you that at least in my area, we are not interested in polls. We are interested in results, and our numbers of supporters is continuing to grow as we interact with people at the grass roots level and make them aware that our country will go bankrupt if this disastrous course is not reversed. We are still on a course of adding $7 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years, thanks to Republican leaders in congress.

Perhaps the rest of the country does not have the intestinal fortitude for this fight for the nation’s survival; but we do; and we will not compromise on principle in defense of this nation.

SheetAnchor on August 25, 2011 at 8:23 PM

This ^^^^ and the public still agrees with TP principles. It is the MSM’s portrayal of the TP the public does not like.

IowaWoman on August 26, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Primary out Boehner before he switches partys…

SERFER62 on August 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Boehner will never switch parties. He’s perfectly happy capitulating as a Republican.

SKYFOX on August 26, 2011 at 6:43 AM

“viewing the movement much more negatively”

So many people feed at the “public trough” this is not surprising.

RADIOONE on August 26, 2011 at 7:08 AM

Likeable politicians? That’s the problem, we’re electing celebrities instead of the tough love leadership this sinking nation needs. Do the hard job first, and take the likeability poll when they bury you.

No one in this spoiled nation wants to give up what they have -so few are going to vote for anyone who promises to do what needs to be done. The tea party is being excoriated for just this reason -sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but wise to go to the dentist before you need the root canals.

America is now in the pain of the root canal stage, because we refused to do the uncomfortable -now we must do the painful.

Don L on August 26, 2011 at 8:52 AM

The Republican leadership is an ideal example as to why we should have term limits.

ultracon on August 26, 2011 at 11:36 AM