The Tea Party’s extremism and intemperance are beginning to catch up with it.
No one should be foolish enough to believe a poll or two is anything but a snapshot in time. Yet when different polls begin to reflect the same thing, a wise man might begin to think something interesting is starting to happen.
As reported in TPM (a liberal blog) “It seems that the Tea Party's governing style, most clearly on display during the debt ceiling fight in Congress, has taken a toll on Americans' view of the movement. Polls have been showing a drop in its approval, and a new AP/GfK poll shows that its unfavorable rating has seen a sharp rise. 46 percent of those surveyed said they have a negative view of the Tea Party movement, versus 28 who say they view it favorably.
The log went on to say, “The last time the AP conducted a national poll on Americans' favorability of Tea Partiers was in their pre-governing period: throughout 2010 the conservative movement was viewed slightly unfavorably but the splits were close. In June of 2010 it even earned a positive rating, with 33 percent of over 1,000 adults surveyed finding the movement favorable against 30 percent. In the last AP rating, taken Nov. 3-8, 2010, directly after the 2010 election, the split stood at a slim negative rating of 32 percent favorable against 36 unfavorable.
“The jump of ten points in the negative number is all in the "very unfavorable" category. In November of 2010 there were 22 percent who viewed the Tea Party that way, which has risen to 32 percent. The "somewhat unfavorable" number remains unchanged in the last nine months, steady at 14 percent.”
The unfortunate thing is that the over-reaching, the certitude and the demeaning sarcasm used by so many Tea Party leaders, including those in Congress, have undermined some of the good points they make. Perhaps it’s time these folks remembered that we are all Americans…that Americans aren’t victims…and that we share far more common values than we differ on.
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