CBS poll shows Tea Party support waning

posted at 10:41 am on May 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The media narrative from last night’s primaries has been …. predictable. If 2010 could be described as Tea Party Wars: A New Hope, then last night was supposedly The Establishment Strikes Back. It’s not that simple, but it’s not entirely false either. One corroborating piece of evidence comes from a new CBS News poll showing the Tea Party losing support, even among Republicans:

The tea party was an important factor in the 2010 elections, but its support may be waning, according to a new CBS News poll. Today, just 15 percent of Americans say they are supporters of the tea party movement – the lowest since CBS News began asking about the tea party in February 2010. The tea party reached its highest level of support (31 percent) in November 2010, soon after the midterm elections.

The movement may be losing some of its core constituency — Republicans. 32 percent of self-identified Republicans now consider themselves supporters of the tea party – down 10 points from February and a decline of 23 points from July 2010, the summer before the Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives. The percentage of Republicans who identify as tea party supporters is now among the lowest in CBS News Polls.

That does tend to fit in with last night’s results. Established candidates, even those with not-so-strong ties to The Establishment, fared better than grassroots favorites, and not just in Kentucky — and not just among Republicans:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defeated his GOP challenger in Kentucky by 25 percentage points, a high-profile but low-suspense race on a critical primary day when voters cast ballots in six states. In Georgia, a Senate Republican primary headed to a runoff with the two candidates favored by GOP establishment leaders. And in Oregon, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby fended off a more conservative challenger in her Republican primary.

Pennsylvania Democrats, meanwhile, picked businessman Tom Wolf, who poured $10 million of his own money into the race, as their nominee against Gov. Tom Corbett, one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country. Also in the Keystone State, Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, lost a bid to reclaim her old House seat, despite some assistance from Bill and Hillary Clinton.

After a year of threats from conservative outside groups, no GOP incumbents lost Tuesday. Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson beat back a tea partier supported by groups such as Club for Growth, with help from the business lobby and Mitt Romney. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden, targeted in Oregon by a national campaign called Primary My Congressman, received triple the support of his opponent with more than half the votes in. And House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster prevailed over his challenger in Pennsylvania by 18 points.

Republican leaders have maneuvered to nominate candidates who they hope can avoid the kinds of foot-in-mouth mistakes that cost them winnable races last cycle in red states like Missouri and Indiana.

We will hear plenty from the media about the Tea Party losing ground, and that may have played into last night’s primaries, but it doesn’t tell the whole story either. Incumbents who won last night did so by embracing the Tea Party agenda, at least in part. The movement has impacted the so-called establishment by shifting it to the fiscal-conservative and smaller-government Right. Incumbents are no longer getting ambushed by treating re-election efforts as walkovers, mostly because they have spent the last couple of years listening to their constituencies rather than ignoring them.

That doesn’t mean that they won’t have problems. The two runoff candidates in Georgia for the open US Senate seat are both good candidates, but they may do more damage yet to each other before one emerges as the nominee. That candidate will start off behind Michelle Nunn in general-election campaigning, and they will need to work hard to get the grassroots engaged. Mitch McConnell scored a big victory over Matt Bevin, but it was the weakest performance by an incumbent Senator from Kentucky in 75 years.  Democrats outdrew Republicans to the polls in yesterday’s Kentucky primary by more than 48,000 voters, and Alison Lundergan Grimes got nearly 94,000 more votes than did McConnell.

In other words, even though the Tea Party didn’t “win” nominations in last night’s primaries, the grassroots will more critical than ever for the GOP in these key races. No one has lost anything yet — and no one’s won anything, either.


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Incumbents are no longer getting ambushed by treating re-election efforts as walkovers, mostly because they have spent the last couple of years listening to their constituencies rather than ignoring them.

That’s some top notch punditry there boys. These incumbents really have the pulse of the people when their only objective seems to be pushing amnesty and ignoring our fiscal problems.

lowandslow on May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

lowandslow on May 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

More like they aren’t going to be crazy enough to have town hall meetings anymore.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The only reasons Michelle even has a modest chance are two fold. Dad and the influx of leftist to Ga from the failed areas of the Nation. My guess. It won’t even be close.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Maybe I missed the point but the tea party to me is not a formal party but rather a belief in what the Republican Party needs to be reminded of and encouraged to support by its base. Tracking the reduction in support for a group of supporters of the Republican party is a bit silly to track.

In my opinion the Tea Party has and continues to serve its purpose and those that are against it don’t know what it is. If they understood the principals more would be in agreement…with the exception of the far left in America.

tej on May 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Nope

neyney on May 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

That’s not what DWS says.

jake49 on May 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

With Jeb as the next Republican nominee and Ws former Senate Majority Whip firmly in place as future Senate Majority Leader starting in november, the conservative movement can ready itself for a replay of the Bush years thanks to the Republican Party.

Congratulations establishmentarians and moderates! We all remember how well that turned out last time…

Red Widow on May 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

They just want to see their team win. They don’t give a rats ass about actual policies.

tcufrog on May 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Brilliant!!!

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Well lucky for her she has Senators Lugar and Warner (R) both supporting her.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

tej on May 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I don’t see them as only wanting Republicans to get back to the Constitution. Probably the only ones who might pretend to listen. Pretend being the operative word.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

The TEA Party needs a Sarah Palin to unify it and give it direction. Then we need to create a third party and really begin wielding the influence of the Party platform.

KMC1 on May 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Lolz! I will say Sarah made the wrong pick down here in Ga. She went with Handel. I found it troubling that she did so. My hope is that her (Sarahs) decision was not gender based. Handel is a fine Lady, however she is a better fit at State level positions. She would make a fine Governor or even a great mayor of the ATL.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

The only reasons Michelle even has a modest chance are two fold. Dad and the influx of leftist to Ga from the failed areas of the Nation. My guess. It won’t even be close.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Former GOP senators Richard Lugar and John Warner of Virginia have endorsed Nunn.

The corrupt crony capitalist gopE’s motto is “Better a Democrat than someone who is not one of us” yet conservatives are expected to hold our nose and vote against our own best interests.

I don’t suffer from Battered Conservatives Syndrome. I’m giving as good as I’m getting.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/369652/senate-stake-two-ex-gop-senators-endorse-democrats-john-fund

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Just a reminder. The GOPe doesn’t really exist. Only in our minds.Only in our minds.; )

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Support for the following is waning?

Responsible government?

Less taxation?

Personal liberty?

Fine. Let it burn.

Exninja on May 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Interesting. Yeah, I don’t want any kind of girls club to get going. I hope Ms. Handel continues to serve. Would she have a snowball’s chance in hell to be mayor of Atlanta?

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Tea Party poll shows support for CBS plummeting.

Jaibones on May 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

You guys didn’t lose. Your (pyrrhic) victory has yanked the whole party far to the uncompromising right.

You should be proud.

everdiso on May 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Hard to say. The ATL is controlled by the leftists of Emory for the most part. I think she could make a honest run of it however. She would have at least two votes. ; )

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Tea Party poll shows support for CBS plummeting.

Jaibones on May 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

LOLZ!!! ; ) Missed you Sunday. Next?

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Democrats outdrew Republicans to the polls in yesterday’s Kentucky primary by more than 48,000 voters, and Alison Lundergan Grimes got nearly 94,000 more votes than did McConnell.

Any of the hateful RINOs care to piss on the Tea Party again this morning? Go for it.

Jaibones on May 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

everdiso on May 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I would be if it were true.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s true, Cindy.

Your party now views a) filibustering every single presidential nominee or appointee; b) permanent regualar voting to repeal democrat-created cour-approves legislation; c) regularly blackmailing the country with debt ceiling posturing; d) unending inquisitons attempting to prove the president is guilty of the scandal du jour; all as normal, regular parts of their job as republican politicians.

They think all of this is their job description now.

You guys won. Be happy.

everdiso on May 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Jaibones on May 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Interesting. I guess we should be able to tell if this worries Sen McConnell. Or do you think he was always going to be conciliatory after he locked up the nomination?

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

everdiso on May 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Get back to me when Obamacare is gone, the border is secure and the national debt actually goes South. The only positive thing that they done was sequestration and they pissed that away.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Incumbents who won last night did so by embracing the Tea Party agenda, at least in part.

Lip service, but the heat is being felt.

formwiz on May 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You guys didn’t lose. Your (pyrrhic) victory has yanked the whole party far to the uncompromising right.

You should be proud.

everdiso on May 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Uncompromising right? Have you been keeping score lately? Obamacare rolls forward unheeded. The debt keeps piling on. We’re on the cusp of amnesty.

Pitchforker on May 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

To any and all that view this thread. Take heed. The commenter everdiso is a liar and a fraud. It is not a US citizen and is not covered under 0Care. Its lying is well documented here at HA.

*thread , tab, closing.

Bmore on May 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

In other words, even though the Tea Party didn’t “win” nominations in last night’s primaries, the grassroots will more critical than ever for the GOP in these key races. No one has lost anything yet — and no one’s won anything, either.

The GOPe, with their ‘war chest’ and media support, will vilify and defile all TEA Party candidates and supporters– thereby alienating their conservative support.

They will ‘feel’ they won, until the November general, that is.

socalcon on May 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

I will be cheering and voting for Biden 2016. This American republic is lost, so I think it is time we support the best candidate that will give us unimaginable laughter and joy.

I could fight for fiscal conservativism and hopre for a reduction in government, but that will no longer happen. Now we need to let it burn and at least put someone in that we can laugh our asses off watching it burn!!!

libbyscooter on May 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Very proactively opposed. Why are you asking?

Rix on May 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

But morally opposed? Or just proactively out of self-interest?

Stoic Patriot on May 21, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Warning to the GOP (and other) Establishment(s):
Be careful of what you wish for.
If the attempt to influence the GOP from within by TEA Partiers fails, we will see a great political upheaval unlike any other that has transpired over the last 150-years.
We’ve done Lexington and Concord, next will be The Bastille.

Another Drew on May 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Nasty trolls pretending to be Tea Party supporters and doing everything they can to get people to not vote for the GOP have done a lot of damage to the Tea Party brand both here and other places.

rhombus on May 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Start with that Constantine XI jerk.

Hilts on May 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I think the moral of this election will be to fight the battles you can win-and with electable candidates, not just activists. Each situation and state are different.

WestVirginiaRebel on May 21, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Idiots at CBS

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Like the media has been saying all day, we are dead as a movement. Everyone got that? We can trust the fair and balanced media, can’t we?

Maybe we should sit out 2014 and 2016 to show the establishment what it feels like when liberals win. The media can push the Republicans they want as they always do, we can sit back, not give any money, not give any time, not given any passion in the form of the grassroots movement. Let’s see how that works out for liberal Republicans who are adored by the media until it comes time for the general election, then you see how their masters really feel.

Maybe another familiar scenario should be presented. We don’t like the GOP or most of it’s leaders, but it’s the vessel that gave us Lincoln and Reagan and some of the current champs of liberty. What if we finally split from the GOP, giving them the purely moderate party they want? That way the GOP can treat us like the enemy all the time instead just treating us good only during the tiny portion of the election cycle after the primaries, right before the general. Wouldn’t that workout so well for the Grand Old Party.

CommieJuice on May 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Jeez
This site has more whiny pussies than any other “conservative” site

The Tea Party folks have been leaving the sinking Republican ship ever since it’s been piloted by the Amnesty-loving, Obamacare-protecting RINO clods, straight onto the reef.

TexasJew on May 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

The Rise of the 0bama Republicans
by Reagan biographer Craig Shirley

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/21/Obama-Republicans

Obama supported TARP. Bush supported TARP. The ruling classes
supported TARP. Wall Street supported TARP. Therefore, $750
billion–initially–was taken from the rest of the country to “rescue” the corrupt elites of Wall Street.

And never one prosecution or investigation. The greatest wealth
transfer in American history and the elites of both parties were in on the score. The Republicans pulled off the heist and the Democrats drovethe getaway car.

The new Obama Republicans are members of the bureaucratic classes,
are pro-government, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, pro-NSA, and
pro-amnesty. They are sophisticated, urban, and have utterly nothing in common with the Tea Party Reaganites. Indeed, they are culturally closer to Obama’s and Romney’s view of the world than Reagan’s.
Power is everything. Power vindicates all. The shady forces of the
national GOP party committees supported a pro-abortion, pro-Obamacare stalker in Oregon’s senate primary because she is a) a woman and b)…?
The national GOP plays the very same identity politics that Obama
and the Democrats have played for years by embracing one victim group after another.

The Obama Republicans are fueled in part by old Bush speechwriters and neocons and High Tories who sometimes make a pass at talking about conservatism but that is mainly to keep the yokels at the grass roots guessing. Mostly though, they spend their time bashing the Tea Party Reaganites.

It should be no surprise that the Republicans on Capitol Hill offer
nothing of opposition to Obama. They can best be labeled the “Rollover Caucus.” Oh, they will run commercials and mouth platitudes to fool conservative voters to get their money and their votes for this fall, but everybody knows they’ve signed on to Obamacare because their corporate masters in the insurance companies and pharmaceutical industries told them to do so. They have always supported immigration reform because, again, their corporate masters told them to do so.

The Administrative state is here to stay, as long as the status quo
holds. The only question now is how long the Tea Party Reaganites staywith a party which is fundamentally opposed to them and despises them.

Jayrae on May 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Actually, CBS was late to the movement. Tea Party support peaked in 2009, when 60% approved. Back then it was only against bailouts (of individuals and banks), debt, and spending. As opposition to ObamaCare was added, much of the Democratic support – which was there initially – melted away.

But the real reason the Tea Party hasn’t shown much electoral strength is that few of the so-called “Tea Party candidates” were sufficiently vetted to run. And the message was hijacked by groups who stole the name (in some cases), added their own agendas, and pretended to speak for the Tea Party, which never elected anyone to speak for us.

Lee Stranahan has done good work detailing the scam that is the Tea Party Fund, but other reports show that most of the “tea party” groups like Tea Party Patriots, TP Express, TP America, and Freedom Works are pretty much the same: high expenses for travel and entertainment, big salaries for family and friend, and very little money spent actually promoting the cause or candidates, under 5% for most of them.

Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund are better managed, but neither tries to assert they speak for the TP. And CFG was around long before there was a Tea Party at all.

Adjoran on May 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM

The Tea Partiers need to read this..:)

Dire Straits on May 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Tea party candidates are hyped and pushed by the media. They are Republicans for the most part except the Libertarians posing as Conservatives. There is a lot of that going around. Also Republicans posing as Conservatives. Saying the tea party is losing anything is typical media stupidness. Most people do not understand what the tea party is and love to make up stuff about it, especially Republicans and Democrats. Pretty much the whole population that doesn’t belong to the tea party.

BetseyRoss on May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I kind of look at it this way; if the RINOs take back the Senate, we will get amnesty, Obamacare will not be repealed and Obama will get everything he wants from a complicit congress or through perceived executive power. If the RINOs lose, we will get amnesty, Obamacare will not be repealed and Obama will get everything he wants from a complicit congress or through perceived executive power. So conservatives should stay home. All the elite republican establishment have said that they don’t need or want us in the party. I say we give them what they want.

fight like a girl on May 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

They are Republicans for the most part except the Libertarians posing as Conservatives. There is a lot of that going around.

BetseyRoss on May 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is part of the reason I do not identify as Tea Party. When chatting with self proclaimed Tea Partiers I see frequent Libertarian leanings in a substantial minority of them.

So I identify as Conservative (fiscal, social, defense)

Perspicacious on May 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

I kind of look at it this way; if the RINOs take back the Senate, we will get amnesty, Obamacare will not be repealed and Obama will get everything he wants from a complicit congress or through perceived executive power. If the RINOs lose, we will get amnesty, Obamacare will not be repealed and Obama will get everything he wants from a complicit congress or through perceived executive power.

fight like a girl on May 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

That’s it in a nutshell, really. We’re five years down the pike and even when we get Republicans elected, the steady crawl toward Communism continues unabated.

Murf76 on May 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Let’s win the Senate. Then, watch what happens.

MrBobSugar on May 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

In other words, even though the Tea Party didn’t “win” nominations in last night’s primaries, the grassroots will more critical than ever for the GOP in these key races. No one has lost anything yet — and no one’s won anything, either.

Maybe the CoC will vote for him or the illegals they hire. I don’t think the GOPe should expect much from the people they have been kicking around for the past few months. They have new friends now. Let them take care of Mitch.

magicbeans on May 21, 2014 at 7:36 PM

MrBobSugar on May 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

They will then use the excuse of The Won being president as to why they can’t cut spending. If they win, I hope they give Obama writers’ cramps with his little veto pen.

Cindy Munford on May 21, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Jenny Beth Martin thanks you for your support. Please send more money.
The Tea Party is not dead.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/tea-party-pacs-reap-money-for-midterms-but-spend-little-on-candidates/2014/04/26/0e52919a-cbd6-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html

As P.T. Barnum said …..

smokin hot politics on May 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Let’s win the Senate. Then, watch what happens.

MrBobSugar on May 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HilarityEnsues

ebrown2 on May 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

To paraphrase Will Rogers, I am not a member of an organized political party. I’m a Tea Partier.

Jasper61 on May 22, 2014 at 1:06 AM

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