More Americans appear to consider themselves opponents of the Tea Party movement than supporters.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 31 percent of registered voters said they are opposed to the conservative movement, with 22 percent describing themselves as “strong opponents.” In contrast, 26 percent of voters said that they supported the Tea Party, with 15 percent responding they are strong supporters.
The poll represents a new low for the Tea Party. Only 25 percent of total respondents, including those who did not identify themselves as registered voters, said they backed the movement. The previous low in October 2010 was 26 percent support.
Gallup attributes the decline to the recent battle over raising the debt ceiling, wherein members of the House aligned with the Tea Party publicly dug in their heels when presented with several possible deals.
The poll took place among 1,319 Americans between August 4th and 7th.