POLL:Tea Party fires up the Democrats more than it influences Republicans

By Sean J. Miller -The Hill

Voters in battleground House districts held by freshman Democrats approve of the Tea Party more than they disapprove of it, but say it won’t influence their choice on Election Day.

The Hill/ANGA 2010 Midterm Election Poll of 12 crucially competitive districts found a 45-34 favorable-unfavorable rating for the conservative grassroots movement. But 55 percent of independents and 53 percent of Republicans say Tea Party support for a candidate will not make any difference.

Democrats break 66-15 against the Tea Party, and half say Tea Party support makes them less likely to vote for a candidate. So a Tea Party endorsement would motivate Dems to vote against a candidate slightly more than it prompts Republicans or independents to vote for one. And only 19 percent of independents said a Tea Party affiliation made them more likely to vote for a candidate.

The Tea Party swayed several primaries, said pollster Mark Penn of Penn Schoen Berland, which conducted the poll, “but I’m not sure it’s going to have a strong influence over the general election.”

Men in the survey were much more likely to view the Tea Party favorably than women did, with 51 percent of men giving it high marks while only 40 percent of women did.

More men than women also said a candidate with Tea Party backing was likely to get their vote, but Tea Party affiliation doesn’t seem to be a determining factor with men.

Only 26 percent said it persuaded them to support a candidate, while 25 percent of women said Tea Party backing made them less likely to support a candidate.

To read more, visit: http://thehill.com/house-polls/the-hill-anga-poll-week-1/123097-tea-party-is-firing-up-the-democrats

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