Public support for the Tea Party has fallen to a near-record low, with just 22 percent of people supporting the grassroots conservative movement, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. 

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As Congress tries to avert a government shutdown Oct. 1 and deal with the debt ceiling again, the movement is losing its base, the poll found. 

The Tea Party was at its peak during the 2010 midterm elections when Republicans recaptured the majority in the House that November. Gallup says 32 percent of people pledged support for the Tea Party at the time. 

Now, about half of people in the U.S. say they neither support nor oppose the movement, or have no opinion about it, the survey indicates. 

While Tea Party supporters mostly associate with the Republican Party, their close relationship may be waning, Gallup says. 

Fifty-five percent favor the GOP, and 43 percent have an unfavorable view. 

In fact, Tea Party supporters may feel just as negatively about the GOP as they do about Democrats. 

Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care: 50 million coronavirus vaccines given | Pfizer news | Biden health nominees Rand Paul criticized for questioning of transgender health nominee Haley isolated after Trump fallout MORE, (R-Ky.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Key vote for Haaland's confirmation | Update on oil and gas leasing | SEC update on climate-related risk disclosure requirements Haaland on drilling lease moratorium: 'It's not going to be a permanent thing' Overnight Health Care: US surpasses half a million COVID deaths | House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to provide doses for 20M Americans by end of March MORE (R-Utah) are some of the most prominent Tea Party members in Congress. The first two are potential GOP contenders for the 2016 presidential race. 

Cruz and Lee ignited the ongoing defund ObamaCare fight, convincing GOP House leadership to pursue it in the government spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown. 

The House passed the bill with defunding language last week. 

From Tuesday into Wednesday afternoon, Cruz, with Lee’s help, attacked President Obama’s healthcare law on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours, ahead of a Senate vote to move forward on the House bill. 

Many of Cruz’s Republican colleagues have questioned the freshman senator's political tactics, which may be a sign of their frustration with the Tea Party as a whole.