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71% Think GOP Should Listen to Tea Party

Including lots of Democrats who don't even like the movement
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2011 9:42 AM CST

(Newser) – A whopping seven out of 10 Americans think it’s important that Republicans "consider Tea Party movement ideas" as they craft their policies, according to a new Gallup poll, and that includes plenty of Democrats who don’t even like the movement. While only 6% of Democrats are Tea Party supporters, and only 11% have a favorable view of it, 53% agreed that Republicans should take into account its positions and objectives. The poll didn't define those positions, however, leaving it open to interpretation.

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Among Republicans, barely half identified themselves as Tea Partiers, but 88% said the GOP should listen to the movement. But the poll isn’t quite the ringing endorsement it might look like at first. Only 39% of Americans have a favorable overall opinion of the Tea Party, compared to 47% for the Republican Party as a whole. (Read more Tea Party stories.)

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