Tea Party Support Slips

Poll shows young voters, white Southerners less happy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2010 4:52 PM CDT
Dressed as Uncle Sam, Art Foster, of Independence, Mo., attends a tea party tax rally Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Kansas City, Kan.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC shows that support for the tea party movement appears to be slipping, reports the Right Now blog:

  • The percentage who hold an unfavorable view of the movement rose from 39% in March to 50%.
  • The decline is particularly sharp among 18- to 29-year-olds, whose views shifted from a positive 43%-38% to a negative 27%-60%.
  • 45% of white Southerners have an unfavorable view, up from 30%.

"I don't think this is really a sign of anti-incumbent anger ending," writes David Weigel. "Since the last poll, however, we have had two months of news about tea party-identified Republicans winning their primaries or leading in them, which has started to diminish the independent brand of the movement."

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