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U.S. Tea Party's public support declines to lowest: poll

English.news.cn   2013-12-12 14:12:03            

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-one percent of Americans viewed the Tea Party unfavorably as public support for the conservative bloc in the Republican Party declined to the lowest, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Only 30 percent of Americans viewed the Tea Party favorably, the poorest record since 2010, the Dec. 5-8 poll reported.

The majority of Republicans, 58 percent, viewed the Tea Party favorably, compared to 28 percent who viewed it unfavorably. But 74 percent of Democrats had an unfavorable view of the party, compared to 10 percent who had a favorable view.

Among the independents, 48 percent viewed the Tea Party unfavorably, while 29 percent had a favorable view, the poll showed.

Though the Tea Party espoused conservative fiscal goals, self-identified U.S. conservatives were divided over how they viewed the conservative movement, which was largely blamed for the government shutdown in October. Thirty-four percent of conservatives had an unfavorable opinion of the group, while 48 percent were favorable.

By contrast, U.S. liberals disliked the Tea Party most, as 80 percent of them viewed it unfavorably, compared to only 12 percent who were favorable, according to the poll.

"The image of the U.S. Tea Party was fairly neutral in 2010, when it helped Republicans retake majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives. But Americans now hold a more negative opinion than ever of the conservative bloc," Gallup said in a report.

"The Republican and Democratic parties have also been suffering from an increasingly negative public image, and as long as the Tea Party is viewed as contributing to the unpopular partisan conflict in Washington, rather than remedying it, the movement is likely to remain controversial," Gallup added.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,031 adults, with an error margin of 4 percent.

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U.S. Tea Party support at near-record low as gov't shutdown looms: Gallup

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Americans' support for the Tea Party has plunged in the lead-up to yet another budget battle that could spark a government shutdown, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

Twenty-two percent of Americans now say they support the Tea Party, whereas 32 percent of Americans supported the party at the height of its popularity in November 2010, days after Republicans captured the majority in the House. Full story

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