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An increasing number of Americans are fed up with the tea party extremists and their outlandish views on government, a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows.
The poll shows 47 percent of those surveyed now hold unfavorable views of the tea party while just 33 percent see the movement in a favorable light. That is a seven percent increase in unfavorable ratings and six percent drop in favorable since the Gallup last surveyed American opinion on the tea party in January.
Only 30 percent of independents — the voter bloc crucial for elections — now favor the tea party. The tea party does best with older men with limited education while 57 percent of older women older women now oppose the movement.
Gallup isn’t the first opinion research firm to show support dropping for the tea party. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released in late last month also found the movement’s negative rating at 47 percent and support at 32 percent.
Why the drop? People now see the extremes of the tea party movement and they don’t like what they see. From the discredited birther movement to advocating cuts that hurt education, a growing number of Americans realize the tea party is out of touch with mainstream America.
From where we sit, the tea party represents the worst of America: hate, bigotry and the rampant use of misinformation to further a regressive political agenda. The party appeals to the gullible and — once reality sets in — more informed voters turn their back on the mockery that the tea party makes of the American political system.
Plus the tea party darlings — Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, et. al — have fallen significantly in the public view. Even Wisconsin governor Scott Walker — touted as a possible GOP Presidential candidate just 60 days ago — is dropping fast in public polls as reality of how his actions in Wisconsin have ruined the state sets in.
The tea pot is boiling over and the party is disappearing like steam.