Gallup: Tea-party support dwindles (and, er, tea-party opposition too)

posted at 8:01 pm on September 26, 2013 by Allahpundit

First the Beltway GOP unites against Ted Cruz, now this. Everything’s coming up RINO!

Seriously, though, Legal Insurrection makes a good point. It’s not only support that’s dipped. Opposition has dipped too, by the same amount that support has since last year and both figures are within the poll’s margin of error. What’s more, feelings about the TP have always operated within a relatively narrow band. Even after it first gelled in 2010 and got lots of media attention, support topped out at 32 percent; then, a year later, it bottomed out at 21 percent before rebounding somewhat. The band for opposition is even narrower, with a high of 29 percent and a low of 21 percent. Gallup’s headline screams “near-record low,” but what we’re really talking about here is roughly 25 percent support and opposition that bounces around within five percent or so depending upon whatever’s been happening in politics lately.

I’ve seen lots of people noting the trend among Republicans in this data set, which is fair enough, but note that opposition among the wider public has declined too. Former supporters aren’t joining opponents, they’re sliding into the “neither/no opinion” column.

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What the new poll really shows, I think, is simply the lower visibility the tea-party brand has had over time. The media buzzed about it as a new political force three years ago, and as time has gone on and the movement’s racked up some wins and some losses, they’ve used that angle less and less. Gallup’s own interest in this subject suggests that, in fact; if you click the link up top and look at the graph, you’ll see that they polled tea-party affiliation five times in 2010 and seven times in 2011, but just twice in 2012 and just once so far this year. Go figure that the less voters are being asked which side they’re taking on the Great Tea-Party Question, the less some of them have any opinion on the subject.

As for the Republican trend, note that that earlier poll was conducted on November 4-7, 2010 — just a few days after the gigantic GOP midterm wave that swept them back into power in the House. “Tea-party power” had been a major storyline that summer and fall, and it had just paid off electorally in spades. Of course Republicans were going to be sky high on the TP at that moment. Over time, as the movement produced some winners in Ted Cruz and some losers in Christine O’Donnell, feelings grew more ambivalent. Virtually the entire decline in Republican support has landed in the “neither” column, not in opposition, which is what you’d expect as that ambivalence sets in.

Two questions in light of the poll, then. One: Will the Cruzapalooza on defunding ObamaCare move these numbers up or down? The more prominent he becomes, I assume the more the media’s interest in the tea-party’s fortunes will return to old levels. And two: Did previous TP-driven showdowns over the debt ceiling do any damage to the party? I notice that the decline in support for the movement in Gallup’s 2011 polling coincided with that summer’s debt-ceiling brinksmanship. Although, interestingly, so did the decline in opposition: Both metrics bottomed out at 21 percent in late 2011, which is not what you’d expect if the public was reacting strongly to the tea party one way or another.


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First the Beltway GOP unites against Ted Cruz, now this. Everything’s coming up RINO!

God, please give this man a raise :)

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Cool another Tea party basing thread. Soon I might have to find another blog that does not get cozy with the Establishment.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

2014 is going to be epic.

Both sides will be shocked.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

This poll is analogous to 2016 presidential polling: its results are (as you correctly note) a function of media coverage (and in the case of presidential polling, also the set of options presented). That’s why I’m more fond of issue-based polling rather than affiliation-based polling, although we routinely hope that the latter is correlated with the former.

Stoic Patriot on September 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Cool another Tea party basing thread. Soon I might have to find another blog that does not get cozy with the Establishment.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I know you meant “bashing”, but your Freudian slip is perfect.

It’s a TEA (taxed enough already) basing thread. Have faith.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Polling on ‘Tea Party Affiliation’ is meaningless – because the ‘Tea Party’ is not an official party.

Pork-Chop on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…be veeeeery quiet.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

All nuthouses should have that McCain picture in their marketing materials.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:08 PM

It’s a TEA (taxed enough already) basing thread. Have faith.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Didn’t Richard Pryor get into trouble teabasing?

Lanceman on September 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Fingers tired been beating up the liberals about that abortion thing under ObamaCare…..

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

So between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 voters is a Tea Party supporter?

And the McCain and Graham types are willing to snub that many people… who have a better reason to vote than the average adult?

That isn’t just shooting the foot, it’s trying to take off the leg at the hip.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

What the new poll really shows, I think, is simply the lower visibility the tea-party brand has had over time.

And I think it indicates a bigger problem for the GOP. Conservatives are sick and tired of the status quo. We come up to “showdown” after “showdown” on issues important to the non-RINO conservative, Republican, Tea Party member, Libertarian, whatever. And time and time again the GOP leadership caves and lectures the base that we’ll attack right-wing concerns “next time.” Well you can only come to so many continuing resolutions and debt ceiling increases before those assurances ring hollow.

Agree with his tactics or not, Cruz was the first Republican to stand up to fight for our values instead of lecturing us about going for the possible instead of fighting for core beliefs. GOP leadership has whined about Obamacare for years and not once challenged the law the way Ted Cruz did in less than 22 hours.

That’s the lesson out of these polls.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

While the Rhino roams D.C. the Lion will roar come 2014…the Gallup Polls are run by the Rhino’s, what did you think they would be reporting?

Tbone McGraw on September 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

All they need to do is point to Obamacare. Few other ticket issues along with how the economy is still garbage.

Really its tied up with a nice little bow. I feel that with Obamacare and the economy the way it is it could get a chunk of the left center also.

We are a center-right country. I think we are ready for a swing back to the right… just need someone with enough balls to stand up to the attacks from the right and left.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

The ‘showdown’ stuff does get old.

My gripe is that the R’s never show UP when needed and work to ‘smooth things over’ to help get noxious stuff through. Really, why stop the reading out of the ACA in the Senate? Why to help Harry Reid, of course!

Not showing up loses more than any showdown can win.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

So can’t you Whacko Birds understand, we CAN’T Defund Obamacare, and we can’t TALK about it either and we can’;t shut down government….all we can do is file sternly worded protests!

To do ANYTHING else is to risk our control of the US House…John Boehner needs a job…we can’t risk losing the House.

Now once we have elected a Republican in 2016, and 2020, and 2024, and have the US House and US Senate, with 60% majorities in both, we MIGHT decide to examine some proposals to reform Obamacare, whilst increasing Federal Funding for healthcare…..to do anything more risky than that would endanger Republican control of government….

And Lord knows what would happen if the Democrats had control of the government…so just sit down, shut up, and keep voting GOP, and in about 20 years we’ll, mayhap, do something about ObamaCare….

You Whacko’s are going to scr3w it up for the rest of us.

JFKY on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

It’s a TEA (taxed enough already) basing thread. Have faith.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Didn’t Richard Pryor get into trouble teabasing?

Lanceman on September 26, 2013 at 8:09 PM

What do Margaret “Hotlips” Hoolihan and Richard Pryor have on common?
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Major Burns.

davidk on September 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Every day, John McCain, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and several other relics in Congress grow one day closer to being permanently term-limited.

(and it cant happen soon enough)

Jeddite on September 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Cool another Tea party basing thread.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Here’s an “h”. Pay me back whenever. ;0

Seriously how can you really bash that isn’t a real party but a bunch of conservative groups loosely organized around the idea of smaller government, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility? I really get annoyed when RINOs try to equate the TPM with the Christian Coalition of the 1980s. Totally different yet the RINOs use it as shorthand to attack social conservatives while attaching SoCon issues to the TPM which is mostly unfair.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

I guess the constant MSM bashing combined with the help of the Democrat party and their allies, the entrenched GOP establishment has worked as planned. Joseph Goebbels would be proud of you all.

celt on September 26, 2013 at 8:19 PM

“November 4-7, 2010 — just a few days after the gigantic GOP midterm wave that swept them back into power in the House. “Tea-party power” had been a major storyline that summer and fall, and it had just paid off electorally in spades. Of course Republicans were going to be sky high on the TP at that moment. Over time, as the movement produced some winners in Ted Cruz and some losers in Christine O’Donnell, ”

Um, allahpundit, are you suggesting Cruz was in the 2010 wave?

Pretty sure he was 2012.

Which undercuts the “Tea Party wane” message, as he was a Tea Party favorite who managed an upset win in the most recent election, and is now one of the most visible (and sure, controversial) senators less than a year into his term.

cs89 on September 26, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Tea-party support dwindles

And yet, those same people tend to agree with the Tea Party when it comes to things like Obamacare. Go figure, lol.

xblade on September 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Major Burns.

davidk on September 26, 2013 at 8:17 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on September 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I think that is why many have been very happy with Cruz.

Look I know that defending obamacare is never going to happen with Obama as pres. The fact some unknown took it upon himself with no support and stood there for hours picking it apart was a huge breath of fresh air.

Anyone that thinks that going with the same old BS is gonna fly in ’16 is going to be rather upset again. I, like many will not pull the lever for that same old stale BS again …just like we did in ’12.

I say this as a person who is not nearly as conservative as some here. When you cant even get a guy like me to support the nominated republican person on the ticket… there is much bigger issues that all the polls will not explain.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

If the tea party is so unpopular, then why do the Republican candidates want to speak to us. We cannot give them money, but we sure can allow them to take names and leave literature and campaign materials. It’s true that many of these Republican candidates do shun us. And then they lose. End of story.

BetseyRoss on September 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM

My gripe is that the R’s never show UP when needed and work to ‘smooth things over’ to help get noxious stuff through.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

It’s the pompus lecturing they do to explain why they worked to get the liberal agenda through that pisses me off. I don’t care about the nuances of cloture votes v. real votes. I want to know that Republicans in Congress are representing my values.

To date, I’ve seen a lot of votes and heard a lot of words from Republicans telling me they have gone to the mattresses to fight Obamacare. And yet, come Tuesday, the parts of the law not illegally delayed go into effect. I need to see action not words or symbolic votes.

And when Ted Cruz dared do what we all wanted to see from Congressional Republicans? It wasn’t Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi leading the attacks- It was Tom Coburn, John McCain, and other Republicans.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

So between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 voters is a Tea Party supporter?

And the McCain and Graham types are willing to snub that many people… who have a better reason to vote than the average adult?

That isn’t just shooting the foot, it’s trying to take off the leg at the hip.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Starting to look more like coyotes gnawing their legs off to escape the trap. Cruz set the trap.

de rigueur on September 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Gosh I need a break or a edit button.

defending = defunding.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Who is actually defending the Tea Party?

There isn’t a formal party unless I missed it. Polls don’t mean crap and never do. Romney and McCain were both up by 6 points during their worthless campaigns.

DC can go blank themselves…..pack of worthless liars.

PappyD61 on September 26, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Reading the Legal Insurrection article gives one a clearer perspective.

davidk on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

The only thing that the screencap of McCain is missing is the trenchcoat.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Look I know that defending obamacare is never going to happen with Obama as pres. The fact some unknown took it upon himself with no support and stood there for hours picking it apart was a huge breath of fresh air.

watertown on September 26, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I wouldn’t call Ted Cruz an unknown but agree with your larger point. That filibuster should have occurred back when Obamacare was first making its way through the Congress. Sometimes you have to fight the good fight even when you know you are going to lose.

Whatever one thinks of the tactics, Ted Cruz showed the first glimpse of leadership from the Congressional GOP we have seen in years. I think it will shake things up in 2016 but I also think that there are some Republicans who are now more vulnerable to primary challenges than they were at the beginning of the week. The general theme- Where the hell were you when Ted Cruz was fighting Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Propaganda is a powerful tool.

d1carter on September 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM

The only thing that the screencap of McCain is missing is the trenchcoat.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Don’t insult QWEEG…….

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

And when Ted Cruz dared do what we all wanted to see from Congressional Republicans? It wasn’t Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi leading the attacks- It was Tom Coburn, John McCain, and other Republicans.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I remember back to when Pelosi was in charge of the House and a group of Republicans didn’t want to go on vacation but, instead, actually work on bills. The mantra: ‘Work, work, work’

Unfortunately when push came to shove with Obamacare, McConnell, et. al. wilted. The couple of Senators that did try to stop the thing through procedural matters… they were undercut by the Establishment.

Now there is a hard core group that is willing to support those who are actually willing to ‘work, work, work’ and treat their job as a job Upon The Hill… and yet it is their own Establishment going after them.

Again.

And again.

And again.

There are two parties in DC: the Elite Establishment Party, and the few and committed against Statism.

This isn’t the Doolittle Raid, but the Flying Tigers.

The few volunteers with commitment and esprit de corps fighting against those with superior odds, superior training, superior supplies… and taking down way more than anyone ever expected. Doolittle came after Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor is up next. Much pain to come.

Then Doolittle.

Then the Tigers getting reinforcements and pushing back, hard.

And to the gripers: sorry, but you just climbed into an aircraft on the wrong side of the war.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

So 27% of adults, 21% of Independents and 52% of Dems are opposed to the TEA Party… Big F*ckin deal!

mjbrooks3 on September 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

We sure live in disgusting times. I have a hard time staying focused on the few positives, like Ted Cruz, in the face of the Obama + RINO onslaught.

GaltBlvnAtty on September 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Dubious polls are dubious! ;)

Midas on September 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

The only thing that the screencap of McCain is missing is the trenchcoat.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Yeah, I really don’t want to know what McCain is doing with his hands at the moment that picture was taken.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

There are two parties in DC: the Elite Establishment Party, and the few and committed against Statism.

This isn’t the Doolittle Raid, but the Flying Tigers.

ajacksonian on September 26, 2013 at 8:40 PM

I get your analogy but don’t think it is completely accurate. If it is establishment against anti-statists, where are the Dem members of the Flying Tigers? Unless, of course, you are saying that every single Demonrat is a member of the elite establishment.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

That McCain screencap made me instantly think of the K-Mart “I just shipped my pants!” commercial.

Midas on September 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:51 PM

The Hornet was way to small. They (dems) are all enemies of the Constitution.

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

the poll says nothing to me but a wash. i can tell you one thing…it was a lot more than tea party folks calling the rino offices…they were not gonna stand for Cruz, doing what he said he would do, being maligned.

gracie on September 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Methinks Palin and Cruz will be talked about long after the McConnell’s, McCain and Boehner’s desert the scene, leaving a train wreck of a nation behind them.

Socialism will not find enough friends in America to survive–a nation of far too many self centered free souls–something that will be much harder to harness that those timid European souls with dependency in their DNAs from birth.
The irony is that many of today’s free souls, corrupted morally by their leftist rulers, have no compunction about doing whatever is necessary to get what they want–and freedom (as well as license to do any evil) in in a lot of their DNAs.
The left has survived only because the right is responsible. One would have to wonder if that will last forever.
Time will tell if enough folks here will tolerate intrusion into all that they do, because they do know full well that if America falters and goes full socialist–there is no one out their to save us from pure Godless evil.

Don L on September 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM
Agreed.

Well, I don’t care what anyone calls me/us, there’re a helluvalot of us anti-rhinos out here.

Listen for the squeals, and primary those suckers !

pambi on September 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

That McCain screencap made me instantly think of the K-Mart “I just shipped my pants!” commercial.

Midas on September 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

But seriously, This is McCain. He requires a note on his front door that says “got pants?” A member of the depends generation.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

what do you expect when the media has managed to equate the tea party with ebola. 70% polled probably only know that the tea party are “terrorists,racists or arsonists”.

the tea party brand is dead.

the first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

IRS: mission accomplished.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

The Hornet was way to small. They (dems) are all enemies of the Constitution.

dmann on September 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I’d tend to agree. Otherwise, where is the objection to Obamacare from Democrats? Where is the outrage over the many many many scandals of this administration (Diane Feinstein is writing a law for the NSA domestic spying issue!). And why are there no moderate Demonrats?

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Somehow the 7% of Republicans that oppose the TP all got elected to some sort of office.

besser tot als rot on September 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

the first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:05 PM

And the first rule of politics is that you don’t let the enemy label your brand. Hard for conservatives when the media is part of the enemy.

That is part of why Ted Cruz’s filibuster is sending shock waves through DC. Reminds me of this

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

What Tea Party? I thought the IRS successfully destroyed that movement.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

What Tea Party? I thought the IRS successfully destroyed that movement.

John the Libertarian on September 26, 2013 at 9:17 PM

No more than the DoJ destroyed ACORN.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

But seriously, This is McCain. He requires a note on his front door that says “got pants?” A member of the depends generation.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Yeah, he’s at what I call the Dog Race Stage, where you send them to the races with a an I.D. badge hung around their necks.

TXUS on September 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

And the first rule of politics is that you don’t let the enemy label your brand. Hard for conservatives when the media is part of the enemy.

That is part of why Ted Cruz’s filibuster is sending shock waves through DC. Reminds me of this

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Totally agree. The enemy labelled and irreparably harmed the tea party brand (as the did to Sarah Palin).

Reagan would have never given shout outs or namechecked the tea party. He spoke of the concerns of Americans. Words used meant to play into identity politics are the very politics that conservatives bash liberals for.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Seriously how can you really bash that isn’t a real party but a bunch of conservative groups loosely organized around the idea of smaller government, lower taxes, and fiscal responsibility? I really get annoyed when RINOs try to equate the TPM with the Christian Coalition of the 1980s. Totally different yet the RINOs use it as shorthand to attack social conservatives while attaching SoCon issues to the TPM which is mostly unfair.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Yeah, that’s more or less correct, which is why I just sort of roll my eyes when the liberal Republicans ramble about how “social conservatives” have “hijacked” the Tea Party. There is no formal party to hijack and “Tea Party” is largely equivalent to “disaffected conservative base.” It’s clear this base is still out there and is just not using the label anymore or the party leadership wouldn’t have been crapping their pants over Cruz’s filibuster.

Doomberg on September 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

There is no formal party to hijack and “Tea Party” is largely equivalent to “disaffected conservative base.” It’s clear this base is still out there and is just not using the label anymore or the party leadership wouldn’t have been crapping their pants over Cruz’s filibuster.

Doomberg on September 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Bingo!

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Reagan would have never given shout outs or namechecked the tea party. He spoke of the concerns of Americans. Words used meant to play into identity politics are the very politics that conservatives bash liberals for.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM”

??

I think Lenny Skutnik would disagree…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Skutnik

cs89 on September 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Reagan would have never given shout outs or namechecked the tea party. He spoke of the concerns of Americans. Words used meant to play into identity politics are the very politics that conservatives bash liberals for.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

I agree completely. Granted, Reagan wasn’t in the trenches of Congressional politics but I doubt that he would have attacked conservative factions who were not in lock step with the establishment the way Coburn, Bohner, McConnell, and others did this week.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

cs89 on September 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I knew I was going to get called out on “shoutouts” when I typed it. Good catch.

My point was that if politicians take their message to “all” instead of to groups, you have the potential to have your singular message resonate.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 9:44 PM

John McCain owes Barack Obama an eternal debt of gratitude as by betting McCain, Barack Obama kept John McCain from becoming the worst President in America and took on that mantel for himself.

VorDaj on September 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

If the TEA is so irrelevant, please tell me why the liberals, the establishment Republicans, and the MSM are constantly attacking it.

savage24 on September 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

savage24 on September 26, 2013 at 9:47 PM

That’s too easy. Money, money and ratings (money). It’s a lot easier to marginalize a group then it is the individual. Many of the TEA party are the same people revered as part of the “greatest generation”.

can_con on September 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

My friends are getting fired up…..

Do another poll in a few months.

redguy on September 26, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The reason why these poll numbers are skewed is because, I believe, the IRS was successful in shutting down Tea Party groups.

Mirimichi on September 26, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I agree completely. Granted, Reagan wasn’t in the trenches of Congressional politics but I doubt that he would have attacked conservative factions who were not in lock step with the establishment the way Coburn, Bohner, McConnell, and others did this week.

Happy Nomad on September 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

That is because Coburn, Bohner & McConnell are not conservatives……

http://millercenter.org/president/reagan/essays/biography/3

Although he did not formally declare his candidacy until November 1979, Reagan made it clear to his inner circle from the moment of the 1976 convention that he intended to again seek the presidency. He was the choice of rank-and-file Republican voters in public opinion polls although many establishment GOP politicians thought he was too conservative and perhaps too old to win the White House.

Cruz is experiencing a little of what Reagan went though in the 1980 election…..
You see – the moderates did get the Bush’s in and are fearful of a conservative comeback
in the Republican party. That is what this is all about. The moderate wing of the Republican party
does not know how to fight the progressives – because many of then are progressives.

The moderate Republicans look at themselves as the “honest crooks”. The democrats are just crooks….a true conservative threatens them both.

redguy on September 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Cause meet effect. This comes from Obama and his IRS minions holding up the tax exempt status the last three years. This has kept Tea Party visibility low. I don’t think that will be happening next year.

neyney on September 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

2014 is going to be epic.
Both sides will be shocked.

Schadenfreude on September 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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^^^^ This ^^^^

fabrexe on September 27, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Poll of ADULTS. Being 50+% of those are non-voting low information types, I’d be more interested in registered voter and likely voter numbers.

michaelo on September 27, 2013 at 1:38 AM

It has become obvious that if the Tea Party starts to get anywhere the IRS will shut it down (again), so it’s not a major force in politics.

Hence: “no opinion”.

David Blue on September 27, 2013 at 5:35 AM

I’m a white Tea Party Member and I fully support Ted Cruz. He’s the only person who has the balls to stand up against all these scum of the earth lowlife Democrats who claim to be Republicans.

tmgrant on September 27, 2013 at 7:48 AM

And how much of this is because of IRS and FEC persecution of TEA party/conservative organizations?

It has had an affect.

And is continuing.

TerryW on September 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

“The Tea Party is dead” mantra has been pushed from 2010 to 2012 for one reason; fear.

We’ve had endless articles asking “where is the Tea Party” when Lois Lerner and the Obama administration were undermining their ability to organize. During this time the Democrats were given a chance to regain their foothold after the worst political beating that any party has taken in history. They were further helped by the Republicans by electing a milquetoast candidate who couldn’t punch his way out of a paper sack. All this added to the bromide that the Tea Party is finished.

History however isn’t written by the polls, it’s by the people. They may have had everyone take a shot at them, including those that should be their allies, but you can’t hold back the tide with your fingers.

There’s another election coming up in a year and the truth is that both parties still fear the Tea Party. They are not some party grassroots arm like the 19 million FAKE twitter followers Obama has or the 4 million FAKE ones Newt Gingrich has. They are real.

And they are not controlled by either party.

That’s what makes the Democrat and Republican parties afraid.

itsspideyman on September 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

WHOSE side of McCain on, anyway?

People use to applaud him for crossing the aisle and working with Democrats, calling him ‘the Maverick’ for doing so.

Was McCain an admirable ‘Maverick’ when he collaborated with Harry Reid to attack Cruz while Cruz was conducting his philibuster?

The GOP needs to SERIOUSLY re-think their relationship with McCain, especially since he obviously shares one of Obama’s problems — the inability to distinguish friend from foe.

Anyone remember McCain’s recent trip to Syria to show his support….for the Al Qaeda / Jihadists fighting against Assad?

o “McCain Poses With Alleged Terrorists”

o “CONFIRMED! McCain Posed with Known Terrorists in Syria”

Now he is refusing to stand with Cruz because his ego was bruised, because of his love/loyalty to Obama/Reid, and because he is petrified he might lose his position/job!

As I said earlier, McCain knows very well, due to his military background, the definition of the terms ‘Treason’ and ‘aiding / abetting the enemy’. The reason the nation supported you for you long is because you were a military hero who endured a great deal of torture in support/defense of your nation. That is HISTORY. What you are doing now, what you will be remembered for now, is for your self-centered, mean-spirited, angry old man, good ol’ boy, Washington Establishment’, betrayal and failure to do the right thing when it counted because of your desire to save your own job. In the critical moment you shed the responsibility of serving your constituents & what was best for the nation in order to do what you thought was best for your career.

Perhaps this is the reason you have begun talking about potentially retiring soon, because you know the people of Arizona are watching this betrayal, selfishness, and cowardce and how they are going to hold you accountable in your next election. You will have had the last laugh, though, as you just helped Democrats COMPLETELY $crew Americans & this nation permanently!

Nice job, ‘soldier’.

easyt65 on September 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

McCain wins again?!

The Nerve on September 27, 2013 at 5:19 PM