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31% View Tea Party Movement Favorably

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nearly half of all voters continue to view the Tea Party unfavorably, and the perception is growing that the small government/lower taxes movement is losing steam. But there are also still wide partisan differences of opinion about the Tea Party, while the Political Class remains especially hostile to it.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 31% of Likely U.S. Voters now have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. That’s back to the level seen a year ago and down from a high of 44% in May just after it was disclosed that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups. Forty-seven percent (47%) share an unfavorable view of the Tea Party, but a sizable 22% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 16-17, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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