New Poll Shows How Unpopular the Tea Party is with Most Americans, Why GOP is in Trouble

tea-party-popularityFollowing the government shutdown, polls showing just how Americans felt about it are in no short demand.  Most every poll I’ve seen puts the blame for the shutdown squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party.

But when looking at a few of these polls, some of them are telling a more problematic story for the GOP.

For example, take the CBS poll that not only showed Republicans taking a bigger hit than Democrats for the shutdown, it also showed just how unpopular the tea party is with most Americans.

While respondents to the poll gave Democrats a 31% approval rating for how they’re doing in Congress (which is, of course, not good), they only gave Republicans an approval rating of 18%.  Though neither number is anything to brag about, the approval rating for Democrats in Congress is nearly double that of their Republican counterparts.

But there’s more.

When asked about tea party Republicans, those surveyed gave them an approval rating of 14%.


So, if Democrats are fairly unpopular, and Republicans are even more unpopular than that—tea party Republicans are about as popular as a giant pothole that screws your car’s alignment.

But the poll goes even further by showing that 60% of Americans don’t believe that the tea party represents the values of most Americans.  However, when tea party conservatives are asked, they do believe their views represent most Americans.

But hell, the poll even shows that only 40% of Republicans surveyed have a favorable opinion of the tea party.

So what does this all mean?  Republicans are in a lot of trouble.

As the tea party seems determined to push the Republican party more and more to the far right, the vast majority of Americans strongly disapprove of tea party ideology.  Just look at the numbers.  Americans really don’t like Republicans, but they can’t stand tea party Republicans.  However, tea party conservatives love tea party Republicans — obviously.

So as most Americans disapprove of tea party policies, their antics and the group as a whole, it’s tea party Republicans which are poised to take full control of the GOP in the next few years.

And while tea party Republicans will continue to try to perpetuate this notion that their values are those held by most Americans (an idea that’s most likely a product of the very controlled information they get from the right-wing media) reality tells a very different story.

While tea party Republicans see Ted Cruz as a hero, his own polling numbers have recently showed that the more people get to know him, the more they dislike him.  Which is a pattern that mirrors the tea party as a whole.

What all this adds up to is a giant problem for the Republican party.  They’ve created a monster in the tea party which has the power to “primary” established Republicans to insert tea party-supported conservatives—yet these tea party Republicans are increasingly becoming extremely unpopular with the majority of Americans.

It really is sweet irony, as I’ve said before.  The very thing Republicans created to try to rebrand themselves, and take down President Obama, might just be the very thing that tears their party apart.

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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  • Raymond Sean Walters

    Despite how unpopular these polls show Republicans/ Tea Party to be, there always seem to be an amazing number of dim-witted individuals that will vote for these clowns.

    • jason1978

      Wont be fooled again in 2014 or 2016 by these morons. These people have been slowly dying off and the goverement shutdown, which they were in large support has backfired. The photo ops with WWII vets…backfired.

  • MrWereman

    I’ve already said it, I sincerely hope the Cruz is the GOP Presidential nominee. We’ll get to drag his pathetic ass thru the mud, get another landslide victory AND force tea party Republicans everywhere to up their anti-depression meds… Which ACA will cover if they cares to learn that.

  • The Teabag Party is just a whitewashed version of the KKK. Hate filled bigots that would rather see this country destroyed than for a black man to be President.

    • gemma liar

      KKK probably had better looking–and SMARTER –women behind them

  • strayaway

    Why then all the concern about the tea party (approval rating 14%)? If the tea party only represents a small minority out of step with American values (“60% of Americans don’t believe that the tea party represents the values of most Americans.”) shouldn’t progressives be sending money in to the tea party, if an address can be found, to make sure it un-does the Republican party in 2014?

    I wonder why the tea party even gets a 14% rating if Republicans in Congress only get an 18% rating and 60% of Republicans don’t have a favorable opinion of the tea party. One would think that non tea party Republicans would have at least given themselves better congressional ratings. If 47% of voters voted for Romney and 60% of them didn’t approve of the tea party, then 60%x47% should equal 28% not 18%. I realize that some of the Romney voters were independents but somewhere there must be an explanation of the 55% (28/18) discrepancy.

    It gets even more complicated. A September 24 Rasmussen poll says, “Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on 10 out of the 15 major issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports. When it comes to the most important issue on voters’ minds, the economy, the GOP leads by a 44% to 37% margin” A Pew Research poll from 10 day earlier has the same numbers. Meanwhile, CNN poll shows “Three-fourths of people questioned said that most congressional Republicans don’t deserved to be re-elected, 21 percentage points higher than the 54% who say most Democrats don’t deserve another term in office.” What I am reading from all this is that Americans have an ambivalence.

    • gemma liar

      I like your thinking but instead of money just keep inviting them to go socially vocal so we can film the implosion

    • gemma liar

      or just maybe the “participants” are selected early – kinda like FOX “news” polls which show results AFTER filtering exactly what they wish to show

  • gemma liar

    try2 look at it this way,,,,if U were in a fight against a superior opponent to the DEATH U wouldn’t just give up: U keep swinging hoping 4 a lucky blow. That’s what the regressive crybaby white trash tea party Christian scum is doing: they know they are doomed as NO ONE (outside of their micropenile group) wants the policies which sent this great country nearly over the cliff– Reagan and the bush fellas selling our debt to asia: outsourcing JIOBS overseas to fatten wallets of BIG conglomerates- tax breaks for those who certainly did NOT need them ( SEE: mythical job creators) as well as killing brave American men and women in Iraq for NO REASON except Halliburton and defense contractors. so—————— let cruz and his band of merry men ( and anatomically subordinate women such as Bachmann and coulter and michelle ” NO TITS & HATING LIFE” malkin) keep sending the deafening lachrymose lies thru FOX “news” and keeping inbred southern trash hating Obama and women and latinos,,,,,we figured them out already: all they truly do is re-affirm the truth laid here in my writing!

  • VagabondTravel

    The Republican Party as a whole needs to do all it can to get the nut bar Tea Party hacks to split and form their own party. It will split the Republican vote and assure another one or two Democrat administrations, but in the long run the party may gain favour with the electorate eventually. Of course they’ll have to avoid fielding another IQ challenged presidential candidate like Dubya Bush. Something needs to be done though, because the prospect of a nation with a single viable political party is far more scary than what has been going on lately.

  • GuidoFL

    I really like Hillary.
    A. Hitler