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Voters wary of Tea Party, Democrats, Republicans

Thousands of Tea Party activists gathered in Washington D.C., August 28, 2010.
Thousands of Tea Party activists gathered in Washington D.C., August 28, 2010. MCT

Voters don’t like the political establishment. Or the ones challenging it.

A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday found “the Tea Party is out of favor,” but it also found little enthusiasm for the Republican or Democratic party.

The tea party, the grassroots conservative organization, was credited with helping Republicans gain control of the House of Representatives in 2010. Since then, it’s been less successful, and its major efforts to get tea party loyalists nominated for the Senate this year were generally unsuccessful.

Quinnipiac found 27 percent had favorable views of the movement, while 45 percent had unfavorable views. In November 2010 its favorability was 34 percent.

The political parties, though, are also struggling. Democrats were seen favorably by 35 percent and unfavorably by 54 percent. The party hit a recent high of 55 percent after the 2008 election, when President Barack Obama was first elected to the White House.

Republicans this month were viewed positively by 38 percent and negatively by 49 percent.

Republicans did well in the Nov. 4 election, winning control of the Senate and rolling up their biggeest House majority since the late 1940s.

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