Poll Shows Anti-incumbency Sentiment But Tea Party May Split The Vote
June 3, 2010 by Special To Personal Liberty
The United States is entering the crucial stretch of the electoral process, with Congress members returning to their home districts to campaign, but polls show a strong anti-incumbency feeling. On the other hand, some surveys find that Americans are ambivalent about the Tea Party movement, and that the movement might end up splitting the conservative vote.
For example, a new poll from Harris Interactive found that nearly half of Americans (49 percent) say that almost everyone in Congress, including their representative, should be voted out in November.
On the other hand, while almost 40 percent say they support the Tea Party movement, only 10 percent describe themselves as a member.
Tea Party groups’ popularity may also act to the Democrats’ advantage, as the survey showed that in a two-party contest more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) would vote for the Democratic candidate while 28 percent would vote for the Republican.
However, when given the option of a Tea Party candidate on the ballot, a total of 35 percent of likely voters would choose the Democratic candidate, 19 percent would vote for the Republican candidate and 12 percent would opt for the Tea Party candidate.
The Harris Poll was conducted in mid-May among 2,503 adults aged 18 and over.