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Poll: Will the Tea Party Be More Influential This Year Than in 2010?

January 30, 2014

How strong will the tea party's influence in the Republican Party be this year when compared with 2010?


Stronger: 12%
The same: 44%
Weaker: 44%



"Tea party is well on its way to its ultimate goal, which is to destroy the GOP, as Democrats stand back and chuckle."

"It's their anniversary."

The same

"Have you ever tried to remove ivy from your garden? Same thing."

"The GOP can't shake them because the tea party has always been the mainstream GOP."

"Stronger in the primary and weaker in the general election."

"Except for a few holdouts, it is the GOP."


"Democrats should clothe, comfort, and feed tea-party candidates and give them a microphone."

"They can't possibly be that stupid. Can they?"

"Republicans are tired of losing."

"Establishment Republicans are fighting back. Tea party will have real competition."

"Shelley Moore Capito—enough said."

"The GOP establishment has figured out what needs to be done to put the White House back in reach."


How strong will the tea party's influence in the Republican Party be this year when compared with 2010?


Stronger: 3%
The same: 29%
Weaker: 68%


"Dissatisfaction with Obamacare will fuel tea-party activists to the polls."

"Negative voters are the key to the 2014 election, and the tea party is aching to vote against Obamacare."

The same

"Were that it could be made weaker. We need their energy, but we also need them to start using their brains more frequently and in a more adult fashion."

"They are still engaged, but they have learned their lesson about backing the disastrous candidates who cost us control of the Senate over the last two cycles."

"It is now institutionalized around a few organized groups with significant fundraising and PR capacity. Influence won't decline until most TP candidates lose their primaries."


"Shutting down the government was a watershed moment that seriously reduced the tea party's influence."

"Letting opportunists like Ted Cruz stampede them into stupid strategies has weakened their influence."


"While it is noisy, the tea party is still not competent in the fine art of campaigning."

"Third-party movements either learn to play nicely with others or they fade away."

"The tea party lacks the support it had in 2010 for a variety of reasons, the biggest being they single-handedly elected a Democrat Senate majority in 2010."

"McConnell, Cochran, other top targets are likely to survive."

"Nose is still bleeding from government shutdown."

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This article appears in the February 1, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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