Late last month when I attended a pro-labor rally at the California state Capitol in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin who are under attack by the right-wing, anti-working-class traitors of the Repugnican Tea Party, a small “tea party” contingent showed up to counter-demonstrate, and, to listen to them tell it, they’re in the majority.
But a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation nationwide poll released today shows that only 32 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the so-called “tea party” — and that 47 percent have an unfavorable view of the “tea party” traitors. (Seven percent, somehow reached inside of their caves, said they had never heard of the “tea party,” and 14 percent inexplicably said that they have no opinion of the “tea party.”)
Politico reports on the poll that the “tea party’s” “favorability rating hovered at 36 percent to 38 percent throughout 2010” and that “The biggest drop in the tea party movement’s favorability came among people who make less than $50,000 a year. In October, 30 percent in that income group said they had unfavorable views of the tea party. Now, 45 percent say the same.”
Well, hell yeah: When you make less than $50K a year (as I do), and you see the “tea party” traitors siding with the plutocrats and siding against the working class and the middle class in the plutocrats’ union-busting (as I have), you aren’t going to have a favorable opinion of the “tea party” traitors.
Politico reports that the Repugnican Party gets a favorable rating by 44 percent of those polled, while the Democratic Party gets a 46-percent approval rating. (Both of the duopolistic parties have a 48 percent unfavorable rating, which would account mostly for members of the opposing party, of course.)
What are the “tea party” members’ actual numbers?
A CBS News nationwide poll taken earlier this month asked, “Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the ‘tea party’ movement or not?” — and only 23 percent said yes. A whopping 64 percent said no. (And 13 percent, inexplicably, were unsure.)
An ABC News/Washington Post nationwide poll taken earlier this month asked, “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of the political movement known as the ‘tea party’?” — and 36 percent said favorable, 48 percent said unfavorable and 16 percent somehow weren’t sure.
It seems safe to me to conclude that no more than one in four Americans considers himself or herself to be a “tea party” member and that the “tea party” has the support of only about one in three Americans — and that most of these supporters are “tea party” members, who of course favor themselves, and the rest mostly are right-wing Repugnicans who don’t consider themselves to be members of the “tea party” but who apparently believe that the “tea party” is helping, or at least not harming, the Repugnican Party.
The “tea party” can have success in the solid-red states, but as a national party, it’s dead in the water. And in more-blue-than-red purple states like Wisconsin, the “tea party” is going to struggle, as we have seen.
And the next time you hear a “tea party” traitor claim to be speaking for the majority, know that he or she is lying or is deluded. The “tea party” traitors are loud, but the majority of us they are not.
P.S. Also enjoying low favorability ratings right now is President Barack Obama, whose favorability rating is as low as 42 percent, according to a Quinnipiac poll.
Of course, favorability ratings can be deceptive. To assume that 42 percent of Americans find Obama to be too left of center would be a faulty assumption, since there are millions like me who disapprove of Obama’s job performance not because he is too left of center, but because he isn’t left of center nearly enough.