Poll: New Jerseyans not warming up to Tea Party

The Tea Party movement is less popular in New Jersey than in the nation at large, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this morning.

The poll found that 27% of New Jersey voters have a favorable impression of Tea Party groups, compared to more than one-third of American voters in a recent CNN poll.  The movement is not faring well with Garden State independents, 29% of whom expressed a favorable opinion versus 49% of Republicans and 10% of Democrats.

“The Tea Party movement has become somewhat of a force in American politics over the last year,” said poll director and political science professor David Redlawsk. “Our polling shows that in New Jersey, this force is primarily coming from Republicans, with independents significantly less favorable toward it.”

Of those who did have a favorable impression of the movement, 19% said they likely to volunteer or attend a rally, while 33% said they were somewhat likely to.  Almost half said they were not at all likely to actively participate.

“The effect of Tea Party supporters on the political system will be at least partly dependent on how active individual voters are,” said Redlawsk. “Our results suggest that while organizers of Tea Party events can count on some very dedicated supporters, many who say they support the Tea Party do so in name only.”

The pollster surveyed 953 New Jersey adult, 886 of whom were registered voters, producing a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3%.

Poll: New Jerseyans not warming up to Tea Party