Although they still wield influence in certain political sectors and campaigns, a Gallup Poll from December is showing that the Tea Party is experiencing a steady decline.
The survey revealed that nearly half of Americans have an “unfavorable” view of the Tea Party as a movement – and that is not simply driven by Democrats and liberal media outlets – over 30% of conservatives polled also are also fed up with Tea Partiers.
The data shows a low not seen before in the history of the movement.
In addition, a Pew study shows that the decline in Tea Party popularity has been bubbling beneath the surface since as early as 2010.
A poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News from November showed that opposition to the Tea Party outweighed support, with 31% of Americans saying they “strongly opposed” the Tea Party, compared to just a meager 9% who supported it.
According to Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post:
[box type=”shadow”]It’s important to bear in mind that overall popularity does not necessarily translate to influence. As we wrote earlier this week, more than half of the Republican senators running for reelection in 2014 are facing primary challengers running to their right. And the recent government shutdown showdown revealed the power of hard-right conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to have a voice in congressional debates.
But what’s clear is that if the tea party wants to broaden its appeal, it’s not doing itself any favors.[/box]