From Rasmussen Reports…
Most Tea Party Members Think Those They Elected Won’t Sell Out, Others Aren’t So Sure
Friday, December 17, 2010
Most Tea Party members view the candidates they elected in November as agents of change from government business as usual, but non-members are a lot more skeptical.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll finds that only 34% of all Likely U.S. Voters think Tea Party candidates elected in November will remain true to their beliefs. A plurality (46%) says they will become just like other politicians. Twenty percent (20%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But among those who identify themselves as members of the Tea Party, 77% say the candidates they elected will remain true to their beliefs, and just 13% disagree.
But, among those with no ties to the Tea Party Movement, 61% believe Tea Party candidates elected last month will become just like other politicians. Twenty-one percent (21%) of this group think those candidates will stick to their beliefs, and 18% are undecided.
This level of skepticism is perhaps not surprising given that most voters are largely pessimistic about what the new Congress will accomplish in areas like immigration, taxes and government spending in the next two years.