NC not so sweet on Tea

Posted September 16, 2011

New poll numbers released today show the Tea Party movement may be losing its appeal among North Carolina voters. 

The poll by PPP today shows 40% of voters view the Tea Party favorably, while 48% view it unfavorably. That -8 number has flipped from a +8 in August 2010, when PPP found 44% of voters said they supported the goals of the Tea Party, and 36% were opposed.

PPP pollster Tom Jensen notes similar changes in other swing states. 

One caveat: the 2010 and 2011 questions aren't identical. It's possible some voters may support the goals of the movement but not the movement itself. Even in 2010, fewer than half the respondents who said they supported the Tea Party's goals identified themselves as members of the movement. 

Still, though, it raises some interesting questions for next year's elections.  North Carolina tea partiers could play a key role in the GOP primary, especially if presumed gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory were to face a more conservative challenger.  

PPP is considered by some to be left-leaning, but its polling has been highly accurate over the past few years.

The full poll is here.


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  • ljohnson247 Sep 17, 2011

    No matter what party or group you belong to - VOTE FOR THE PERSON not what comes after their name. They are elected to serve you, if they fail to do that, then VOTE THEM OUT point blank.

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo Sep 16, 2011

    That's funny, I am a NC voter, and I wasn't polled. This poll is NOT accurate but slanted.

  • hpr641 Sep 16, 2011

    I think the difference is mostly in the questions themselves. It is FAR, FAR easier to conclude you're for a movements' goals (the 2010 question version), than the movement itself (the 20111 version). The TEA Party is not as new as it used to be.

    Of course, the unjustified vilification of the TEA Party as being "crazy, evil, stupid, racist, homophobic, sons of female dogs, and can go straight to hell" probably has given respondents pause in stating their agreement with the movement. Of course, that's the whole the point of the vilification.

  • matthewwood007 Sep 16, 2011

    They were a Koch brother, Dick army, Pac Money astro turf movement anyway bound to be confused by their own desire to get Government out business, while aligning with a Republican party so emmeshed with business there was inevitably going to be an impass. With the ALEC playbook and endless amounts of cash they ran over the off year electorate and continued to bludgeon their way through their plans until the folks of Wisconson said no. Even when the Media outlets poured disproportionate attention to the meager Tea PArty "parties", we see the true colors, as they still get attention with "TEA PARTY DEBATES"
    If this is not stroking a corporate hand that will buy a lot of Advertisement, I dont know what it is.