The number of Americans who identify as tea party supporters is at a near-record low, according to a new poll.
The Gallup Poll released on Thursday found
that just 22 percent of Americans call themselves tea party supporters.
Meanwhile, 27 percent identify as tea party opponents. A majority, 51
percent, said they did not have an opinion.
The finding is just one percentage point short of the survey's record
low for the question. In 2011 21 percent of Americans identified as tea
party supporters and 21 percent identified as opponents.
The poll's findings are also in contrast to late 2010 when, after
Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, 32 percent
said they supported the tea party. At the time 30 percent identified as
opponents of the tea party and 38 percent said they did not have an
The poll's findings come as lawmakers try to overcome opposition from
groups supported by the tea party on passing a continuing resolution
bill to keep the government open.
The Gallup Poll was conducted from Sept. 5 to 8 among a random sample
of 1,510 adults 18 years and older. It had a margin of error of plus or
minus 3 percentage points.