A new Rasmussen poll indicates that the GOP may be just fine by subscribing to the views of the Tea Party rather than a big-tent approach. The poll showed the country is evenly divided between 42% of respondents who found they preferred the Tea Party’s views and 42% who preferred Obama’s views.
If, indeed, there are as many voters who are comfortable with the Tea Party stances as Obama’s views, the GOP may have to rethink decrying the Tea Party at the behest of establishment Republicans.
The poll also showed 32% of voters thought the Tea Party was more influential over the last year, with 28% disagreeing. When asked whose views they preferred, the Tea Party’s or members of Congress, 36% opted for the Tea Party and 34% for Congress.
When asked if the Tea Party was good or bad for America, the voters were decisively split along party lines and race: 63% of GOP voters said that the Tea Party is good for the country, while 72% of Democrats responded that the Tea Party is bad. White respondents were closely split, with 41% of whites saying “bad” and 38% “good,” but black respondents were much more one-sided; 68% thought the Tea Party is bad for the country while only 3% believe that the Tea Party is a positive force.