Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen (R) Tea Party Survey

Rasmussen (R) Tea Party Poll

Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party Movement?
  • Yes 13% (13%)
  • No 77% (74%)
  • Not sure 10% (13%)
Note: Twenty-six percent (26%) of GOP voters say they are part of the Tea Party movement, compared to two percent (2%) of Democrats and 12% of unaffiliated voters.

Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement?
  • Favorable 35% (31%)
  • Unfavorable 42% (47%)
  • Not sure 24% (22%)
Note: Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Republicans hold a favorable view of the Tea Party, compared to 71% of Democrats who view the protest movement unfavorably. Voters not affiliated with either party are almost evenly divided.

Survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted July 9-10, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.  Results from the poll conducted January 9-10, 2012 are in parentheses.

Inside the numbers:
Voters are almost evenly divided over whether the so-called Bush tax cuts should be extended permanently for all Americans or for everyone except the wealthy, 47% to 44% respectively.

But 87% of Tea Party members believe those tax cuts should be extended for all. Among those with no ties to the movement, a plurality (49%) favors extending the tax cuts for everyone but the wealthy.

Similarly, 34% of all voters feel the Bush tax cuts should be extended permanently, while just as many (35%) believe they should only be extended temporarily until the economy improves. Twenty percent (20%) think the tax cuts should expire at the end of the year as scheduled.

Again, while 70% of those who are a part of the Tea Party movement believe the tax cuts should be extended permanently, just 29% of non-Tea Party members agree.

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