Monday, December 7, 2009

Could this be true: Tea Party more popular than Republicans?

I find it hard to believe anyone could really challenge Frank LoBiondo from the right, but if this Rasmussen Poll is true maybe it is possible:

Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.

Ramussen goes on to say "In practical terms, it is unlikely that a true third-party option would perform as well as the polling data indicates." which is the understatement of the year. Furthermore, LoBiondo has the advantage of incumbency. Still, something to keep an eye on. Unfortunately for me, it seems like this pressure is more likely to get LoBiondo to fall into line with the right wing, than to end up getting rid of him.