Tea Party Support is Slipping, Poll Shows

Americans who previously supported the Tea Party are slowly but surely getting fed up with their bigotry and unsustainable governing. According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, 47% hold an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, an increase of five percent since January and the highest percentage since they began polling. Additionally, only 33% of those polled have a favorable view towards the Tea Party, and that number is highest, obviously, among Conservatives and Republicans.

So what does this mean? Capitol Hill Blue has a theory:

Why the drop?  People now see the extremes of the tea party movement and they don’t like what they see. From the discredited birther movement to advocating cuts that hurt education, a growing number of Americans realize the tea party is out of touch with mainstream America.

From where we sit, the tea party represents the worst of America: hate, bigotry and the rampant use of misinformation to further a regressive political agenda. The party appeals to the gullible and — once reality sets in — more informed voters turn their back on the mockery that the tea party makes of the American political system.

Hmm... you think? Regardless, it's heartening to note that as the Tea Party gets more extreme -- and absurd -- more voters are beginning to see through their beliefs for what they really are... insanity.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 29, 2011, 4:41am

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