Emily Swanson | February 17, 2010
CNN / Opinion Research Corporation
2/12-15/10; 1,023 adults, 3% margin of error
954 registered voters, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
47% Republican, 45% Democrat (chart) (previously released)
Would you favor or oppose having a third political party that would run candidates for President, Congress and state offices against the Republican and Democratic candidates? (IF FAVOR) Suppose that having a third political party would mean that the winner of some elections would be a candidate who disagrees with you on most issues that matter to you. Would you favor or oppose having a third political party under those circumstances?
38% Favor third political party under those circumstances
26% Oppose third party under those circumstances (but favor initially)
34% Oppose under any circumstances
What is your view of the Tea Party -- would you say you strongly support it, moderately support it, moderately oppose it, or strongly oppose it, or don't you know enough about the Tea Party to say?
35% Support, 19% Oppose
Now suppose the elections for Congress were being held today and a third candidate were running who was endorsed by the Tea Party movement. Which candidate would you vote for in your Congressional district -
45% Democratic, 33% Republican, 16% Tea Party