More Than a Quarter of Americans Are Supporters of Tea Party Movement, According to Gallup

April 5, 2010 - 9:11 AM
More than a quarter of Americans describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement, and the demographics of this group generally mirror the demographics of the national population, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll.
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Protesters, including Tea Partiers, rally outside of the House chamber as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the health care overhaul bill in the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, March 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) - More than a quarter of Americans describe themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement, and the demographics of this group generally mirror the demographics of the national population, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll.

From March 26-28, Gallup asked 1,033 adults this question: “Do you consider yourself to be--[a supporter of the Tea Party movement, an opponent of the Tea Party movement] or neither?
 
Twenty-eight percent said they considered themselves to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement. A smaller percentage, 26%, said they were opponents of the Tea Party movement. Thirty-eight percent said they were neither, and 8 percent had no opinion.
 
“In several other respects, however--their age, educational background, employment status, and race--Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote in an analysis of the poll.
 
According to Gallup, 75 percent of the U.S. population is non-Hispanic White, while 11 percent are non-Hispanic black, and 15 percent belong to other races. Meanwhile, 79% of Tea Party movement supporters are non-Hispanic white, while 6 percent are non-Hispanic black, and 15 percent belong to other races.
 
The poll discovered that one unifying factor for the Tea Party movement is opposition to the new national health care law recently signed by President Barack Obama. Asked whether they considered the bill a “good thing” or a “bad thing,” 87 percent of Tea Party movement supporters said it was a bad thing, and only 12 percent said it was a good thing.
 
Among the general population, according to Gallup, 50 percent said the health care bill was a “bad thing” and 47 percent said it was a “good thing.”