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Tea Party Legislators Rival Obama as Preferred Policy Leader

Tea Party 45%

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PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are as likely to want Tea Party-backed Republican members of Congress to have the most influence over federal policies in the coming year as they are to prefer President Barack Obama. The Democratic leaders in Congress rank last in this regard, behind the Republican leaders.

Preference for Key Policy Player in Federal Government in Next Year, November 2010

The 27% of Americans preferring Tea Party Republicans on this measure roughly matches the percentage telling Gallup throughout 2010 that they are supporters of the Tea Party movement -- 26% in a recent pre-election survey.

Looking more broadly at the partisan balance of the results, 50% of Americans want either the Republican leaders in Congress or the Republican members supported by the Tea Party movement to have the most influence on the nation's policies. That is slightly more than the 44% choosing either Obama or the Democratic leaders. These results mirror the 49% to 41% split in favor of Republicans that Gallup recently found when asking Americans whether they want Obama or the Republicans in Congress to have more influence over the direction the country takes in the next year.

Independents Boost Tea Party Strength

Independents' as well as Republicans' views push Tea Party Republicans high on the list. While about a quarter of political independents would prefer that Obama have the most influence on policy matters, and a similar percentage choose the Republican leaders, the largest percentage, 32%, choose Tea Party Republicans.

Rank-and-file Republicans are about evenly divided between wanting Republican members of Congress supported by the Tea Party and the Republican leaders in Congress to have the most influence: 44% vs. 42%, respectively. By contrast, Democrats clearly prefer President Obama to the Democratic leaders in Congress, in terms of who should prevail on policy.

Preference for Key Policy Player in Federal Government in Next Year, by Party ID, November 2010

A Risk of Overreaching

The Tea Party movement's manifesto includes rolling back many of President Obama's domestic policy victories, particularly healthcare reform. However, slightly more Americans are concerned that the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives will go too far in reversing the Democrats' policies than are worried it will not go far enough, 50% vs. 43%.

Naturally, most Democrats worry that the Republicans will go too far in reversing the Democrats' policies, and most Republicans worry that they will not go far enough. In a nod to the Democrats' position, the slight majority of independents, 51%, say they are more concerned about the Republicans' going too far.

Greater Risk Regarding Republican Efforts to Reverse Democratic Policies, Among National Adults and by Party ID, November 2010

Also, the vast majority of Americans who want either Obama or the Democrats in Congress to have the most influence on policy are concerned that the Republicans will go too far in trying to reverse the Democrats' policies. Roughly three-quarters of each group say this is their greater concern. By contrast, those who want the Republican leadership to direct policy are less resolute about undoing the Obama agenda than are those who back the Tea Party Republi. ans, 60% vs. 74%.

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BY Lydia Saad

 

 

November 24, 2010

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