According to a Rasmussen poll released Monday January 7, 2013, the republican backed Tea Party has reached its most unpopular level since its inception. Just three in 10 voters have a favorable view of the movement with half of the poll’s respondents said that they view the party “unfavorably”.
Considering in 2010 almost all of the neo-conservative movement’s candidates up for election won their positions wherein the majority of American voters had viewed it as favorable, this is quite the nose dive. Now, in the Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of American voters see the Tea Party as becoming less influential. Just 8 percent said that they personally identify with the Tea Party movement after a high of 24 percent in April of 2010 after the passing of what is now known as Obamacare.
The survey was taken between January 3 and January 4 using automated phone calls to 1,000 likely voters with a 3 percent margin of error. It should also be noted that Rasmussen had the most right leaning numbers in favor of Romney of all other pollsters during the 2012 election.
Although some members of the House’s Tea Party Caucus retained their seats after the election, the party suffered some very high profile losses with members such as Allen West, Joe Walsh and Michelle Bachmann barely holding her seat in Minnesota.