Some recent polling seems to show that the Tea Party has lost some of the luster it had during the last election cycle.
Polls show that disapproval of the Tea Party is climbing. In April 2010, a New York Times/CBS News survey found that 18 percent of Americans had an unfavorable opinion of it, 21 percent had a favorable opinion and 46 percent had not heard enough. Now, 14 months later, Tea Party supporters have slipped to 20 percent, while their opponents have more than doubled, to 40 percent.
Those numbers aren’t pretty but if you really want to put their growing unpopularity into perspective, Tea Partiers (and by extension the Religious Right) are even less popular than us lowly Atheists!
Of course, politicians of all stripes are not faring well among the public these days. But in data we have recently collected, the Tea Party ranks lower than any of the 23 other groups we asked about — lower than both Republicans and Democrats. It is even less popular than much maligned groups like “atheists” and “Muslims.” Interestingly, one group that approaches it in unpopularity is the Christian Right.
I guess people have finally gotten tired of be called every word in the dictionary ending in “ist” every time they don’t agree with the tea bagger’s warped ideology.