Hidden gem in ABC/WaPo Poll: Strong Tea Party support
Posted by William A. Jacobson Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:51am
We have addressed many times recently the misleading claim that support for the Tea Party Movement was at historic lows or reflected the near-end of the movement:
CBS News buries poll result showing Tea Party support rising
Congrats @Gallup for inspiring these 5 misleading anti-Tea Party headlines
Opposition to Tea Party drops to near-record low
We’re here, we’re Tea Party, get used to it!
The ABC News – Washington Post poll released just after midnight has generated headlines for the sharp decline in Obama’s favorability ratings by just about every measure, and the growing unpopularity of Obamacare.
But there is a hidden gem in the poll that is not receiving much attention.
Support for the Tea Party movement is at 38% for all registered voters, not far below the 41% approval rating and 46% favorability rating for Obama.
Moreover, 46% think the Tea Party has too little/just about right influence versus 43% who think it has too much influence. 49% think the Tea Party political views are about right or too liberal, versus only 40% who think too conservative.
It’s clear that support for Tea Party political views exceeds support for the movement, likely the result of years of demonization, culiminating in the recent Democratic Party eliminationist rhetoric directed at the Tea Party.
In the serious of screen shots below, you can see some interesting details, including that Tea Party support comes from the more educated, and even has substantial support among non-whites, although lower than among whites.