‘Republican Party’ and ‘Tea Party’ Neck and Neck
According to a new Rasmussen poll, the Tea Party is approaching the same level of popularity as the Republican Party. If there were a 3-way congressional race, voters would split as follows:
Tea Party 18%
In another interesting detail:
“In the new survey, the Tea Party candidate draws 28% support from GOP voters, while 85% of Democrats back their party’s candidate. Just 45% of Republicans support the Republican candidate in the three-way matchup. Among voters not affiliated with either of the major parties, 15% like the Republican, 29% the Democrat and 25% the Tea Party candidate.”
The Republican brand has a real problem unless it can ally itself with the Tea Party.
This is not an enviable position for a serious political party to find itself in.