Tea Party’s Economic Gloom Fuels Republican Election Momentum, Poll Shows
Four of Five Tea Party Supporters Plan to Back Republican Candidate in November
Thirty-One Percent of Likely Voters Say They Support the
Eighty-Three Percent of Tea Party Voters Want the Government to Repeal the Health Care Bill
Four of five
These Super Republicans are more energized than other likely voters and more apt to view this election as exceptionally important.
The members of this fiscally conservative movement take a darker view of the economy than most voters in the poll. Half (50%) say they have no confidence they will have sufficient funds to live on in retirement and more than half (54%) worry their children’s quality of life will be worse than their own.
Overall, about one-third of all likely voters in the poll (31%) conducted
These respondents are almost unanimous in saying the movement means lower taxes (90%), smaller government (91%) and personal responsibility (90%). More than six in 10 (64%) say it stands for government based on Christian principles. They are more intense than other voters in seeking a rollback of the changes passed by the Democratic-controlled
Eight of 10
“The Tea Party is positioning itself as unaligned,” says
They also are more likely to be suspicious of the Federal Reserve, which sets monetary policy. Six out of 10
Half of the
Fifty-three percent would consider raising the age for
Still, there are inconsistencies in
The electorate is almost evenly split when asked about the influence of the movement. Twenty-eight percent of likely voters say the election of
As Obama tries to drum up voter enthusiasm for Democratic candidates, he is likely to have little appeal for
The poll of 721 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.