Despite daily media reports and politicking claiming the demise of the Tea Party, a recent Civitas Institute poll indicates that support for the movement is still faring well among North Carolina voters. According to the most recent SurveyUSA poll conducted for Civitas, 43 percent of North Carolina voters support the Tea Party movement. Thirty-eight percent said they oppose it, and 19 percent said they are not sure.
Breaking the numbers down by party affiliation, support for the Tea Party is highest among Republican voters (76 percent), with unaffiliated voters almost equally split in a 42 percent to 41 percent margin. A majority of Democratic voters oppose the Tea Party movement by 60 percent to 19 percent.
Looking at various regions across the state, support for the movement is as follows:
- Greensboro (54 percent support – 29 percent oppose)
- Charlotte (45 percent support – 36 percent oppose)
- Raleigh (36 percent support – 41 percent oppose)
- Southern and Coastal regions (43 percent support – 44 percent oppose)
Though various political groups and the media may question the staying power and longevity of the Tea Party, it appears that the movement’s principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility are resonating with voters across the state.
Don’t forget, you can sign up to receive Civitas Institute polling press releases HERE.