Poll: Tea Party GOP, Obama nearly tied for leader of choice

The portion of voters that prefers President Obama as the federal government's key policy player barely edges out those that want the Tea Party Republicans in charge.

According to a Gallup survey released this week, 28 percent prefer Obama while 27 prefer the newly-elected Tea Party Republicans.

The Republican leaders in Congress, meanwhile, received 23 percent support, putting them in third place followed by the Democratic leaders, who received 16 percent support.


Overall, the Republicans garnered 50-percent support, giving them a six-point general edge on Democrats. Gallup found a similar split when it asked voters which party should have more influence over the country's direction: 49 percent said the GOP, while 41 percent said Democrats.

This week's survey also showed that a plurality of independents continues to favor the Tea Party over either Obama or established Republican leaders.

Meanwhile half of adults overall say there's a risk of the empowered Congressional Republicans doing too much to reverse Democratic policies. Independents, on this count, are slightly wary of the Tea Party, with 51 percent it may go "too far." Among Republicans, however, there's a strong sense (75%) that the Tea Party "won't go far enough."

The survey was conducted from Nov. 19-21, and has a four-point margin of error.