SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Nearly half of all Californians think the Tea Party political movement is bad for the nation, according to a new KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll designed to gauge voter attitudes about the latest federal budget deal struck on Capitol Hill.
The Tea Party movement has played a key role in influencing some Republican lawmakers during the negotiations on raising the debt ceiling and the CBS 5 polling data shows many Californians take a negative view to the Tea Party’s involvement.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Neighbors Blame City After Creek Overflows, Flooding Homes, Forcing Evacuations
Specifically, the poll found 49% of Californians felt the Tea Party movement was bad for America, compared to just 32% who viewed the Tea Party movement as good; 19% were unsure.
Ironically, the poll found even 8% of those who identified themselves as Tea Party members had a negative view of their movement. Not surprisingly, a majority California Republicans (53%) embraced the Tea Party as good, while an even larger percentage of the state’s Democrats (70%) rejected the Tea Party as bad.READ MORE: Los Gatos Mayor Issues Warning To Residents To Stop Harassment At Council Meetings
Californians also seemed soured on the entire budget drama as it has played out to date. The CBS 5 poll also found:
— 57% believe the latest budget deal reached is a bad one.
— 53% think everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, lose with this current deal.
— 74% think political leaders have done a bad job explaining the debt ceiling issue to the public.
— Majorities disapprove of the way House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid handled budget negotiations, while opinions were split on President Oabama’s actions.
The CBS 5 poll was conducted by the firm SurveyUSA, which interviewed 1,075 Californians on Aug. 1 about the budget situation. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.Lowell High School Alumni File Lawsuit To Reinstate Merit-Based Admissions
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