stated that the Tea Party "could change American politics." Four years later, it appears to be a passing political phenomenon. A recent survey from the right-leaning Rasmussen Reports states that just a small percentage of Americans identify with the Tea Party, while more respondents than ever view the movement unfavorably:
Views of the Tea Party movement are at their lowest point ever, with voters for the first time evenly divided when asked to match the views of the average Tea Party member against those of the average member of Congress. Only eight percent (8%) now say they are members of the Tea Party, down from a high of 24% in April 2010 just after passage of the national health care law.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 30% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Half (49%) of voters have an unfavorable view of the movement. Twenty-one percent (21%) are undecided.
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