Republicans might want to skip the tea party if they want a victory party in 2014, according to a new poll released Wednesday, Dec. 4.
The nonpartisan Field Poll found almost half of California voters think the tea party has a negative effect on American politics and two-thirds believe the populist conservative movement will hurt the GOP in the 2014 congressional elections.
The poll, conducted for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers, also shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is much more popular in the Golden State than other possible contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Emerging after Democrat Barack Obama won the White House in 2008, the tea party is credited with helping the GOP take control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Tea party members generally advocate for limited government, free enterprise and reducing the national debt through spending cuts.
But tea party-backed members of Congress bore the brunt of the blame for the October federal government shutdown. And tea party loyalists such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, were chastised by other GOP members for pursuing an uncompromising path to defunding Obamacare.
The Field Poll conducted from Nov. 14 to Dec. 2 found that 47 percent said the tea party negatively affects American politics; 20 percent said it had a positive effect. Republican-registered voters were more likely to view the tea party favorably.
But roughly two-thirds of respondents and 48 percent of GOP voters said the tea party would weaken the GOP in next year’s congressional races.
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