Tea Party supporters wrongly believe that most Americans share their views
From a nationwide poll of adults conducted on behalf of CBS News by Social Science Research Solutions, we get THIS:
Tea party adherents were front-and-center during the shutdown, and views of the movement have become more negative. Just 14 percent of Americans now hold a favorable view of the tea party, down from 18 percent as the government shutdown began, and unfavorable views are up 7 points…
Sixty percent of Americans don’t think the Tea Party reflects the views of most Americans, but the movement’s backers don’t feel they hold a minority view — in fact, the opposite: As with many groups, tea party supporters think their own views are held by most Americans.