A New York Times/CBS News poll shows that 40 percent of respondents have a view of the Tea Party that is “not favorable.” When this poll was done in April 2010, only 18 percent of respondents answered that way.
According to the Times, it looks like the more people get to know the Tea Party, the less they like it. In that earlier poll, 18 percent of people also said they were Tea Party supporters, but only four percent had actually attended a Tea Party event or donated money to the cause.
Movement leaders blame the Democrats (natch) and their success for the sour turn, but it may be that they’re actually out of touch with what the people want, which includes things like compromise.
Even if the Tea Party isn’t quite as popular as it once was, the Republicans are trying to find a way to harness that movement’s die-hard supporters to its benefit in the 2012 election.
[via The New York Times]