Poll: Unfavorable View Of Tea Party Hits Record High

The percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement rose to an all-time in a new CNN poll released today. CNN found the Tea Party ranked nearly as unpopular as both the Republican and Democratic parties.

In the poll, 47% of adult Americans said they viewed the Tea Party unfavorably, compared to 32% who said they viewed it favorably.The latest finding continues a trend of the Tea Party losing popularity as it has became more well known.

In January 2010, a plurality of Americans viewed the Tea Party favorably by a 33%-26% split, while an additional 24% had no opinion. Support has since stayed in the mid to high 30s, peaking at 38% in both April and November last year, while opposition has grown. Last April, 36% of Americans viewed the Tea Party unfavorably, a number that rose to 37% in October, and 43% in November.

The latest CNN poll also found that 46% of Americans now view the Democratic party favorably, compared to 44% who view the Republican party favorably. Forty-eight percent of Americans view each party unfavorably.

The CNN poll was conducted March 11-13 among 1,023 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of 3.0%.

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