Emily Swanson | April 5, 2010
USA Today / Gallup
3/26-28/10 1,033 adults, 4% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Favorable / Unfavorable
Tea Party movement: 37 / 40
Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, an opponent of the Tea Party movement, or neither?
28% Supporter, 26% Opponent, 38% Neither
Tea Party supporters skew right politically; but demographically, they are generally representative of the public at large. That's the finding of a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 26-28, in which 28% of U.S. adults call themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement.
Tea Party supporters are decidedly Republican and conservative in their leanings. Also, compared with average Americans, supporters are slightly more likely to be male and less likely to be lower-income.
In several other respects, however -- their age, educational background, employment status, and race -- Tea Partiers are quite representative of the public at large.