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Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Will the Tea-Party Wing of the GOP Have More or Less Influence Over the Party Next Year?

Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less influence over the party next year compared with this year?


More influence: 34%
Less influence: 32%
About the same: 34%


More influence

"By this time next year, the GOP will be a wholly owned subsidiary of the tea party."

"Thankfully, they are the gift that will keep on giving!"


"It's an election year, and they are who the Republicans in office fear most in elections."

"Hell, they think they won on the government shutdown! They ain't goin' anywhere."

Less influence

"The mainstream Republicans will fight back and win more primaries."


"Paraphrasing Winston Churchill: Never have so few had so much influence over so many. One can only hope that sanity will return to the GOP by next election."

"The bankrollers of the party will do everything they can to get it back on track."

About the same

"As long as they keep getting in safe seats, they are going to have influence. And they have proven they don't need great numbers to cause trouble."

"Hard to have more influence than this year, but I don't see it waning at all. Primaries have a way of focusing the mind for the GOP."

"They will stay steady unless and until their challenges to 'moderate' Republicans are shown to be inconsequential. That will only happen (or not happen) in November."

"Hard to imagine how they could possibly have more."


Do you think the tea-party wing of the GOP will have more or less influence over the party next year compared with this year?


More influence: 12%
Less influence: 50%
About the same: 38%

More influence

"Tea party is energized and motivated. They will dominate primaries in red and purple states."

"The Republican elites need to understand that very conservative voters are the base of the party."

Less influence

"After the shutdown debacle, tea-party numbers are tanking, even among Republicans."

"Republicans, like most Americans, hate losing."

"Mainstream Republicans (moderates and conservatives) don't want the party's reputation further damaged by Ted Cruz's self-promotional presidential antics."

"The kids touched the stove and found it was hot. With the exception of a few, rank-and-file members understand it is better to win and move your agenda forward even in small steps than just to lose and feel good about yourselves."

"The shutdown showdown was a watershed moment, when committed conservatives came to the realization that groups speaking for the tea party were in it for the money and could care less if they destroyed the Republican Party in the process."

"The number of Republican lemmings willing to go over the cliff is shrinking each day."

About the same

"Despite liberal media outlets' portrayal of the tea party as being outside of the mainstream, they represent millions of Americans who are displeased with the size and scope of government."

"The tea party is a disaster when it comes to fiscal management, but in an election year, their obsession with Obamacare will help keep a spotlight on this disastrously dumb program."

"Politics is about who shows up. Main Street Republicans have ceded the grassroots to the fringe. Without a counterweight, the incentive is for GOP pols to pander to the crowd that's in front of them."

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This article appears in the November 2, 2013 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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