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Americans Reject Republican Extremism As Tea Party Support Hits Record Low

Posted by on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:14 AM
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Conservative activists during the 'Operation American Spring' rally in 2014 (Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr)

October 26, 2015
Abigail Abrams 
Posted with permission from International Business Times

As the 2016 campaigns move into full swing, the tea party may be less of a factor in this election than it has been over the last five years. Support for the far-right conservative movement that helped Republicans reclaim control of the House of Representatives in 2010 is at an all-time low, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday.

In the new poll, just 17 percent of Americans said they support the tea party, while 24 percent oppose it and a record 54 percent neither support nor oppose the movement. This low represents a significant drop from the peak of 32 percent support the movement enjoyed in November 2010. But opposition has also dropped from its peak of 31 percent, which occurred right before last year’s midterm elections.

The tea party emerged in the early days of the Obama administration from angry voters who were tired of what they saw in the nation’s capitol and wanted to curb government spending by putting fresh faces in office. After the 2010 midterm elections when many tea party candidates were successfully elected to office, support for the movement has generally eroded. It has not seen support reach 25 percent since August 2012.

Supporters of U.S. Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump hold up a sign during a Tea Party rally against the international nuclear agreement with Iran outside the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9.  Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Support has even dropped among Republican subgroups that were initially strong backers of the movement, according to Gallup. A majority of Independents who lean Republican initially supported the tea party in 2010 polls, but they have seen a 29 point drop to 23 percent support in the two most recent polls, conducted in November 2014 and October 2015. Conservative Republicans’ support of the tea party has also dropped by 21 percentage points from 63 percent initially to 42 percent now.

Despite the decline in support from 2010, Republicans increased their majority in the House in 2014 and gained control of the Senate. Still, some tea party candidates have succeeded in pushing Congressional leadership to the right and grown in national recognition since their elections. These include Republican presidential candidates Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who were both swept into office with support from voters outside the Republican establishment. The two Senate freshmen stand at third and fourth place in Real Clear Politics’ national polling average of Republican presidential candidates.

Still, the lack of energy for and against the tea party suggests that the movement’s time in the spotlight may be over. Already this election cycle has seen outsiders like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina perform strongly without the formal support of a recognizable movement such as the tea party.

The Gallup poll was conducted Oct. 7-11 and included 1,015 adults across the country answering questions via landlines and cellphones. There was a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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by Ruby Member on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Americans Reject Republican Extremism As Tea Party Support Hits Record Low


Support for the tea party has hit a record low, as the American people are finished with the extremist right wing movement.

According to the latest Gallup poll, tea party support has dropped to its lowest ever recorded level as just 17% of Americans support the extremist conservative movement. Twenty-four percent of those polled called themselves tea party opponents, and 54% had no opinion on the tea party.

The worst fate than any person or organization can suffer in American politics isn’t to be hated. It’s being ignored. (Just ask Martin O’Malley, or about a dozen of the Republicans running for president whether they would prefer to be hated or ignored. To a person, they would happily take hatred because at least it means that people are paying attention.) Republicans are ignoring the tea party in record numbers. Republican support has dropped from 52% in 2010 to 38% today.

Married couples and people over 65 have switched sides and stopped supporting the tea party over the past five years. The Gallup data paints a picture of a dying political movement. Americans are rejecting the extremism of the far right by ignoring it.

One of the main reasons why there is a disconnect between Congress and the people that they are elected to serve is because tea party ideologues play an outsized role in Congress. House Republicans are split between tea party ideologues and establishment conservatives. It was tea partiers who forced Speaker John Boehner out of office, and the same House Republican Freedom Caucus will make life miserable for likely incoming Speaker Paul Ryan.

Americans are done with the tea party, but the fact that the far right is overrepresented in Congress means that extremists are in a position to inflict more crisis and chaos for years to come.

by Whoopie on Oct. 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM

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Congressman D Webster from FLa (the guy who wanted to be Speaker) and Mike Huckabee (GOP candidate for the 2016 presidency) to name 2.

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  • failing to train and/or supervise their staff and management or have appropriate policies and procedures in place to detect and deter sexual abuse, harassment, or inappropriate touching of young female interns, employees, or participants in IBLP programs;
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