CBS NEWS POLL

For release: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 am ET
Tea Party S!!ort and Control o" Con#ress
May 16-19, 2014
The Tea Party was an important factor in the 2010 elections, but their support may be waning
To!ay, "ust 1#$ of %mericans say they are supporters of the Tea Party mo&ement ' the lowest
since ()* +ews began as,ing about the Tea Party in -ebruary 2010 The Tea Party reache!
its highest le&el of support in +o&ember 2010, soon after the mi!term elections
S!!orter o" t$e Tea Party Mo%ement
+ow ./2014 #/201. #/2012 #/2011 11/2010 #/2010 2/2010
0es 1#$ 22$ 24$ 21$ 22$ .1$ 20$ 11$
+o 2# 6. 6. 61 69 #1 #9 .9
The mo&ement may be losing some of its core constituency -- 3epublicans .2$ of self-
i!entifie! 3epublicans now consi!er themsel&es supporters of the Tea Party ' !own 10 points
from -ebruary an! a !ecline of 2. points from 4uly 2010, the summer before the 3epublican
Party capture! control of the 5ouse of 3epresentati&es The percentage of 3epublicans who
i!entify as Tea Party supporters is now among the lowest in ()* +ews Polls
S!!orter o" t$e Tea Party Mo%ement
&'mon# (e!)l*+ans,
+ow ./2014 2/2014 9/201. #/201. #/2012 11/2010 2/2010 2/2010
0es .2$ .2$ 42$ #1$ 46$ 42$ #2$ ##$ #0$
+o #1 42 42 41 42 4# .2 .6 .2
More than fi&e months ahea! of the mi!term elections, there is a sense of !isillusionment
among the %merican public 4#$ of %mericans -- a recor! high in ()* +ews polls -- now say
they agree with the statement 67t ma,es no real !ifference which party controls (ongress, things
go on "ust as they !i! before8 *till, a slim ma"ority 9#.$: thin,s it matters which party controls
(ongress
-t Ma.es No (eal /*""eren+e W$*+$ Party Controls Con#ress 0
T$*n#s 1o On 2st as T$ey /*d Be"ore
+ow 9/2006 1/2002 6/2001 10/1991
%gree 4#$ .6$ 42$ .1$ .9$
;isagree #. 62 #4 #1 #2
7n!epen!ents are far more li,ely than either ;emocrats or 3epublicans to agree with the
sentiment that it !oesn<t matter which party controls (ongress
-t Ma.es No (eal /*""eren+e W$*+$ Party Controls Con#ress 0
T$*n#s 1o On 2st as T$ey /*d Be"ore
Total 3eps ;ems 7n!s
%gree 4#$ ..$ .1$ ##$
;isagree #. 6# #9 42
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This poll was con!ucte! by telephone May 16-19, 2014 among 1,009 a!ults nationwi!e ;ata collection
was con!ucte! on behalf of ()* +ews by **3* of Me!ia, P% Phone numbers were !iale! from
samples of both stan!ar! lan!-line an! cell phones The error !ue to sampling for results base! on the
entire sample coul! be plus or minus three percentage points The error for subgroups may be higher
7nter&iews were con!ucte! in >nglish an! *panish. This poll release conforms to the *tan!ar!s of
;isclosure of the +ational (ouncil on Public Polls
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CBS NEWS POLL
May 16-19, 2014
Q31. Would you agree or disagree with the following statement? It makes no real difference
which party controls Congress--things go on just as they did efore.
!otal "ep #em Ind $ep%&a
' ' ' ' '
(gree )* 33 3+ ** 3&
#isagree *3 &* *, )- &-
#on.t know/0o answer 3 - 3 3 -
tea #o you consider yourself to e a supporter of the !ea 1arty mo2ement3 or not?
4ar1)c
5es 1* 3- - 1* --
0o 6* *+ ,% 63 &3
#7/0( 1% 1% + 1- 1*
UnweightedWeighted
!otal respondents 1%%,
"epulicans -3, --+
#emocrats 3-* 3-6
Independents ))* )*3
4argin of error8 3pts.
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