Poll: More Americans Identify With Tea Party Than With Congress
It wasn’t all that long ago that Harry Reid was saying, on the floor of the Senate, that most Americans don’t care about the tea party. He was referring to a CNN poll indicating that the tea party had just a 32% approval rating. Of course, that same poll indicated that the tea party had the same level of disapproval as both Republicans and Democrats, but I digress.
A new poll from Rasmussen indicates that more people identify with the tea party than with Congress. A lot more:
In the ongoing budget-cutting debate in Washington, some congressional Democrats have accused their Republican opponents of being held captive by the Tea Party movement, but voters like the Tea Party more than Congress.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters say when it comes to the major issues facing the country, their views are closer to the average Tea Party member as opposed to the average member of Congress. Just 22% say their views are closest to those of the average congressman. Even more (30%) aren’t sure.
This shows little change from a survey in late March of last year.
The left has been working hard to ostracize the tea party movement, to paint it as so radical that Americans refuse to associate themselves with it, but it doesn’t seem to have worked.Tags: harry reid, tea party