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Polls: 28% Of Americans Support The Tea Party


Gallup found that 28% of Americans consider themselves supporters of the Tea Party movement (versus 26% who consider themselves opponents). And a new Rasmussen poll shows that 48% of voters think the "average Tea Party member" closely shares their views -- compared to 44% who said the same of President Obama.

According to Gallup, Tea Party supporters are more likely to be male, conservative and make more money than the general population.

But perhaps the most surprising number discovered in recent polling about the Tea Party is that, according to Gallup, 12% of Tea Party supporters consider health care reform a good thing. Say, now who's side are they on?

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