Fifty-four percent of Republican voters believe the party must tack to the right, while another 40 percent believe the opposite — that the GOP must become more centrist.

The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday highlights the division between Tea Party supporters and others in the party. On nearly every issue, from same-sex marriage to government spending, a plurality of Tea Party voters believes the party is not conservative enough.

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Fifty-three percent of Tea Party supporters say congressional Republicans have compromised too much, while only 35 percent of all Republicans believe the same.

Those results have the potential to affect the Republican presidential race in 2016, with the poll finding that the Tea Party has an outsized influence in GOP primaries. While 37 percent of Republicans surveyed identified with the Tea Party, 49 percent of GOP primary voters are made up of the conservative faction.

Former GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.) is viewed the most favorably of the potential 2016 candidates with 65 percent support. His numbers rocket up to 81 percent favorability among Tea Party voters. 

He is followed in order by Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE (R-Ky.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Trump bets base will stick with him on immigration MORE (R-Fla.), and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

Christie’s favorability numbers trail all other potential contenders with 47 percent favorability and 30 percent disapproval. His unfavorables spike up five percent among Tea Party voters. 

The poll was conducted among 497 Republicans and Republican-leaning registered voters.