A latest Gallup poll revealed that the Tea Party has lost popularity and mainstream support since its candidates took office in January. The poll revealed that around 50% (half) of all U.S. citizens have unfavorable take on the Tea Party in comparison to a 3rd portion of the population that holds positive observation about the party.
It should be noted that the opinion of Americans on the Tea Party had been noted for less or more steadiness. In March 2010, the Gallup poll showed 41% people disapproving the Tea Party while 38% approving it. The unfavorable view about the Tea Party has made a huge jump, growing to 47% in the last 3 months.
The results revealed by the Gallup poll are in tune with what the poll respondents hold about Republicans. The same poll shows that around 47% people also hold bad view of Republicans.
The Gallup poll also revealed that extra loyal support as well as ardent opposition to the Tea Party has not gotten substantially affected in the last few months. Since January 2011, only 3% increase was noted in those who identify themselves as "Tea Party opponents." In January, it was 25 % whereas recent poll shows it at 28%.
On the other hand, those who identify themselves as "supporters of Tea Party" have remained stagnant at 30%. Obviously, people who identify themselves as liberals were also noted to hold more negative views of the Tea Party. However, around 10% liberals and 13% supporters of Obama who took part in the poll stated that they hold favorable views about the Tea Party.
The Gallup Poll started out on April 20 and ended on April 23. Therefore, the detonation of the "birther" issue on Wednesday could not have been a variable in the declining support of the Tea Party. Moreover, the increasing dissatisfaction over the Obama administration's failure to handle the budget crisis has resulted in defection of the Tea Party. The overall poll results reflect dwindling Tea Party support.