New Gallup Poll Shows Tea Party Favorability Falls to Lowest Level Ever

1454351_10152095825637489_1739996782_nI’m a poll nerd, I’ll admit it.  I love breaking down poll numbers and reading trends.  I also like seeing where polls are taking public opinion and what they say about what’s really going on.

For years now, I’ve been seeing the downward spiral of the tea party movement.  Hell, even among conservatives it’s dropped off in favorability in recent years.  Which is why I always laugh when tea party darlings like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul say they’re, “Speaking for the majority of Americans” — because basically every credible poll in existence says otherwise.

Gallup, for better or worse, is considered one of the more credible polling agencies.  Though they often have a bit of a conservative lean, it’s usually in the type of polls they conduct and not overly prevalent in their polling results.

Well, their most recent poll concerning the “Favorability” and “Unfavorable” rankings of the tea party show a reality that’s not good for tea party Republicans.

The tea party is now seen “favorable” by the smallest percentage of people in its history — and “unfavorable” by its largest number ever.

For the first time, over half of Americans polled (51%) view the tea party unfavorable.  On the flip side, the same poll shows only 30% of Americans view the tea party favorably.

Which is funny considering “Obamacare” favorability numbers are much higher than the tea party numbers, yet tea party Republicans claim that “Americans overwhelmingly reject Obamacare.”

Well, if polls are any indication of American opinion — if the Affordable Care Act has been “rejected” by most Americans, then what does that say about the tea party whose numbers trailed “Obamacare” by double digits?

This just shows the total delusion of those like Ted Cruz who clearly create their own reality where they believe whatever the heck they feel like believing.

But another kicker to this poll is the tea party’s numbers with conservatives.  The poll shows 34% of conservatives view the tea party as “unfavorable,” with less than half (48%) viewing it as “favorable.”

So even among their own movement the tea party doesn’t carry with it an “approval rating” over 50%.  And trust me, tea party numbers will only continue to get worse as we head toward the midterm elections.

With established Republicans like John Boehner firmly rejecting far-right conservative groups this past week (twice), it’s clear the “rank and file” Republicans are sick and tired of letting the craziest among them run the show.

The question is, will the GOP survive this “civil war”?  I guess we’ll soon find out.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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