The majority of Republicans, 58%, say they have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement, with slightly more than one-quarter (28%) viewing it unfavorably. Democrats, on the other hand, are largely unfavorable toward the group, with 74% reporting an unfavorable view. Independents fall in between the two parties, but are more likely to view the movement unfavorably than favorably.
What does it matter that a bunch of Democrats hate the Tea Partiers? However, nearly 60% of Republicans – a solid majority – like them.
The Tea Party won’t be running against the Democrats. The GOP will. And, as usual, the so-called Independents (most of them aren’t, not really) will pick between the two parties.
A more interesting question: How many of these Independents actually like the policies espoused by the “hated” Tea Party? Polls generally indicate that Tea Party policies like opposition to Obamacare, a smaller, less expensive government, and curbs on government overreach all poll solid majorities of the American people.