Thirty Percent of Americans Call Themselves 'Supporters' of Tea Party, Says Gallup Poll

By Pete Winn | September 28, 2010 | 12:27 PM EDT

A sign of the times at a Tax Day tea party protest in New York on April 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

( – The number of Americans who say they identify with the Tea Party has remained remarkably consistent -- and not declined as the liberal media had predicted.

A recent Gallup Poll (taken Aug. 27-30), finds that 30 percent of Americans say they are supporters of the Tea Party movement, while 27 percent say they are opponents – a 2 percent increase in support since March. The remainder were neutral or did not have an opinion.

The finding is consistent with what Gallup has found in four separate polls this year.

In March, (Mar. 26-28) Tea Partiers were 28 percent of the population. But in two others, one in May (taken May 1-16) the other in June (taken Jun. 11-13), Gallup said 30 percent of the population identified with the Tea Party movement.

According to Gallup, people who identify with the Tea Party movement are representative of the public at large -- virtually identical in terms of age, race, educational background and employment status.