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US: Tea Party, Palin (ABC/Post 2/4-8)

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ABC News / Washington Post
2/4-8/10; 1,004 adults, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(ABC: story, results; Post: story, results)

National

Favorable / Unfavorable
Sarah Palin: 37 / 55 (chart)
Tea Party movement: 25 / 40

Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not
qualified to serve as president?

26% Is qualified, 71% Is not qualified

Given what you know about the Tea Party's positions on the issues, would you say
that overall you:

45% Agree, 36% Disagree

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

Interesting that a majority of those polled support the Tea Party positions while giving it a net unfavorable rating.

I wish we saw the same poll ask a year and a half ago whether or no Obama was qualified to be president.

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CUWriter:

Fav/unfav for Tea Party should be 35/40, not 25/40.

And interesting to see that more people say they agree with Tea Party views than are favorable to the movement. That's the exact opposite dynamic that most politicians see. I suppose it's because the Tea Party leaders are seen as Sarah Palin and then nutjobs like those who write for WND. I'm betting that most folks with the Tea Party ideas got folded into one of the political parties but left the personalities at the door.

At least that's how I feel as one of those who agrees with most Tea Party views but doesn't care for the organization's "leadership."

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Xenobion:

This movement is becoming so idoitic without leadership its almost resembling the Republican Party at times.

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Field Marshal:

I also think that the unfavorable/favorable of Palin basically assures she will not run in 2012. Personally, i think she would be wise to run for senate or congress in a few years.

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Field Marshal:

X, i agree. But let me know when it reaches the depths of the democratic party. THEN i'd really worry.

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BH:

A pretty meaningless poll, with respect to those questions asking about Palin. Palin is unqualified to be President. That, of course, makes me deeply unpopular these days with my very conservative friends and family, but she speaks only in generalities and has great difficulties coming up with developed thoughts to specific policy questions. That said, people can learn and gain experience, but as of right now Sarah Palin needs generous helpings of both when it comes to national policy.

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Field Marshal:

BH,

I completely agree with you. Personally, the obsession on Palin, i believe, as been a manifestation of the leftist media rather than support for her for high office. I also know a lot of conservatives who simply respond to polling and questioning about 2012 with her just to see the libs go crazy.

And if there is any more justification for electing unqualified individuals to the presidency, look no further than who we have in office now.

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BH:

FM, my personal thoughts aside on the President, the reason the American public was willing to overlook Obama's lack of experience was due to his ability to articulate his positions. You can disagree with his core holdings or even question their sincerity but his ability to articulate allowed him to, at the very least, give the appearance that he was qualified for the job and that he offered substance along with any sweeping rhetoric - and this ability is what Palin desperately needs if she ever wants to be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate.

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Ryan:

I don't really think it is all that strange to see a movement/politition that has personal approval ratings that differ from the agreement with policies or ideas in general. This was the case with Clinton (pepople liked the policies, disapproved of him), and Obama now (compare favorability - 52/41 to job approval - 48/47 as of now on this site).

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Xenobion:

Democratic party has leadership, you may not agree with it, but its there.

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StatyPolly:

Looks like a completely bogus poll.

They claim a mere 19% of respondents are angry with Federal govt. Ras poll had it at 75% just a couple of days ago.

Of course there is wide ranging anger at the Feds right now. You don't need to stinking poll to know.

19%, my youknowwhat!

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Field Marshal:

"Democratic party has leadership, you may not agree with it, but its there."

It is? Where?? I haven't seen anything since early 2009. If there was, i can imagine numerous bills and new legislation being implemented when you have a supermajority in the Senate and a huge majority in the house.

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RaleighNC:

Is this the same WaPo that went so far in the tank for Creigh Deeds they staked their life on him?

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Field Marshal:

BH,

Yup, Obama certainly was a good used car salesmen during the campaign. It helps to have no voting record and no prior public or private experience for people to analyze. It basically means you can make up anything you want, promise everyone something, and then not deliver when elected.

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IdahoMulato:

@Field Marshal:

"Interesting that a majority of those polled support the Tea Party positions while giving it a net unfavorable rating."

Yes, many people support a lot of their positions in terms of limited government, lower taxes (or no tax at all), deficit reduction, etc. However, many people don't like they way they're doing it. It appears to some of us that the tea party has become an umbrella group for people who're paranoia about a black president and therefore provide a cover for their hate. For don't get me wrong; I believe there're many who're protesting against the level of the deficit. However, it beat my imagination why they're asleep when Bush was spending the surplus left behind by Clinton into this gargantuan deficit level.

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Field Marshal:

@IdahoMulato,

"It appears to some of us that the tea party has become an umbrella group for people who're paranoia about a black president"

Where did you get that from? Thin air apparently. Also, he is only half black.

"I believe there're many who're protesting against the level of the deficit. However, it beat my imagination why they're asleep when Bush was spending the surplus left behind by Clinton into this gargantuan deficit level."

Dont think they were asleep. I believe they were not voting for republicans and staying home in protest of that spending. To say Reps ignored spending under Bush lacks any basis of reality.

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Williame123:

Americans have been ideologically conservative and operatively liberal since the days of FDR.
They want the pork but they don't want to pay for it. They are against federal spending except for medicare, medicaid, SS, defense spending, spending on intelligence, tax credits for having kids, student loans, etc. LOL.

Nixon, Reagan and Bush grew government and run deficits because they cared about winning elections not because they weren't fiscal conservatives in theory.

It is amusing to see Repubs who voted against the stimulus go to ribbon cuttings.

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Farleftandproud:

You know, I think even the tea party movement has gone down in approval and popularity since Palin's speech. Just about every Republican, moderate or conservative has distanced themselves from Palin after her opening her mouth. She brought Mccain down, and made it so Obama won In and VA; the last 3 elected republicans, Mcdonnell, Christy and Scott Brown didn't have her campaign. Now the tea baggers will go back to Ron Paul, because the popularity of the tea party movement is declining.

From a progressive standpoint, we would never create a organization like the Tea baggers. We simply pick concrete issues like decreasing involvement in foreign wars, affordable health care, humanitarian aid to nations like the Sudan as well as protecting children from Gun violence. All causes have their significance and progressives tend to have seperate activist groups having demonstrations and grassroots action to speak out on these issues.

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