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Pew: Tea Party Favorability Hits New Low

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The drop in favorability was steepest for liberal and moderate Republicans. Twenty-seven percent of liberal and moderate Republicans view the Tea Party favorably now, while 46 percent had a favorable opinion in June, a 19-point drop.

Pew also found that Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) favorability dropped among non-Tea Party Republicans, although it has risen dramatically with Tea Partiers since this summer. In July, 16 percent of non-Tea Party Republicans viewed Cruz unfavorably, while in the latest poll 31 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Forty-seven percent of Tea Partiers viewed Cruz favorably in July, and 74 percent view him favorably now, a 27-point jump.

The Pew poll, conducted Oct. 9-13, surveyed 1,504 adults nationwide via phone with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.