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A Slight Improvement in the Tea Party’s Numbers?

Buried in the very last question of the Washington Post poll: “On another subject, what is your view of the Tea Party political movement — would you say you support it strongly, support it somewhat, oppose it somewhat or oppose it strongly?”

The survey found 43 percent support the Tea Party movement (12 percent strongly, 31 percent somewhat) and 45 percent oppose it (20 percent somewhat, 25 percent strongly).

But that’s a bit of a shift from mid-January, when 40 percent supported it and 50 percent opposed it.

Also note that this is a poll of “adults”; on certain questions relating to the upcoming elections, the Post limited the sample to registered voters. But that poll question about the Tea Party’s popularity would appear to include some respondents who are not even registered to vote, much less likely to vote in the upcoming election.

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