Poll: Voters Still Believe Tea Party Understands Nation’s Problems Better Than Congress

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A protester hoists a sign at a Tea Party rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 6. A recent poll found that voters still have more confidence in the Tea Party than members of Congress.

The mainstream media and liberal pundits may love to hate the Tea Party, but a recent poll reveals that many voters still believe the grassroots political movement understands the Nation’s problems better than members of the United States Congress.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 42 percent of all likely U.S. voters believe the average member of the Tea Party has a better understanding of the difficulties facing America today, with only 34 percent of respondents believing the same of the average Congressional member.

According to a press release from the polling company, the results are more divided when looked at along party lines: “Sixty percent (60%) of Democrats, however, have more confidence in the average member of Congress. But 68% of Republicans — and a plurality (46%) of voters not affiliated with either major party — think the average Tea Party member has a better understanding of today’s problems.”

However, the poll also revealed that only 36 percent of all voters have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party, with 44 percent viewing the group unfavorably and 20 percent responding that they were unsure. This survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Aug. 5 and 6, with a +/- 3 margin of sampling error.

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