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

Alex Roarty, Peter Bell and Michael Catalini
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Alex Roarty and Peter Bell Michael Catalini
Oct. 31, 2013, 5 p.m.

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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