Poll: Tea Party favorability hits new low

The Tea Party’s favorability rating has dropped to its lowest point since 2010, when the movement first caught steam, according to a new poll. 

A survey released by Gallup on Wednesday found 51 percent of people had an unfavorable view of the movement — four points higher than in 2011. Another 33 percent look at it in favorable terms. 

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An increasing amount of people also said they neither define themselves as a supporter nor opponent of the movement. Forty-eight percent of people said they were neutral. Another 24 percent of people defined themselves as opponents, while 22 percent call themselves supporters. 

Democrats and independents have long held a negative view of the movement. Only 10 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents hold a favorable view. 

Fifty-eight percent of Republicans view the Tea Party favorably; 48 percent of conservatives, usually identified with the Tea Party, have a favorable view of it. Thirty-four percent have an unfavorable view, while 18 percent have no opinion. 

A Pew poll from October, during the government shutdown, also found a record number of people opposed the Tea Party. 

A number of Senators associated with the movement — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) — were blamed by the public and some members of their own party for promoting the tactic that led to the shutdown. 

The poll surveyed 1,031 people and has a 4 percent margin of error.