Support for the Tea Party has also reached its lowest point ever, according to a Pew survey released on Wednesday. Pew found that a growing number of Republicans now hold a negative view of the movement, and overall only 37 percent of the public say they have a positive view of the Tea Party.
Note that the Tea Party, even after a fall, polls much higher than the GOP, at 25%:
“By the time we made the deal, we were at 75 percent disapproval,” Graham said of the agreement to resume funding the federal government, “not a whole lot of leverage when 75 percent of the people don’t like what you’re doing.”
Here’s another interesting factoid for your consideration. Current party identification surveys indicate that about the same percentage of Americans approve of the Tea Party as identify as Republicans. So perhaps a formal Tea Party might actually have a shot at replacing the hollowed-out husk of the GOP?
I’d sure be willing to test that proposition.