Poll: Tea Party Popularity On The Decline

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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The Tea Party, a socially and economically conservative faction created in 2009, is on the decline.

According to Gallup poll results released on Oct. 26, support for the Tea Party has dropped from 32 percent in November 2010, just after the election that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives, to 17 percent.

The majority of respondents were apathetic to the Tea Party; 54 percent of the 1,015 adults polled said they neither support nor oppose the group -- the highest percentage ever recorded. 

The declining popularity of the Tea Party could be due to its role in the Freedom Caucus, a group of 36 House Republicans, many of whom are affiliated with the Tea Party.

The Freedom Caucus was considered a significant factor in the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House, The Washington Post reports. Ryan refused to take the position without their support because the caucus has proven itself willing to fight GOP leadership and takes an unyeildingly conservative stance on social legislation, like the funding of Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.

The Freedom Caucus’ hardline approach to legislation has helped push Capitol Hill to the brink of a shutdown and political stalemates repeatedly since its formation, Pew Research Center reported.

Despite the Tea Party’s decline, several of its members are still running for the presidency, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Sources: Gallup, Pew Research Center, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Susan Adams/Flickr