Opposition to the tea party is at its highest level in four years, a new poll says.
Thirty percent of Americans say they are opponents of the tea party, tied for the highest level since Gallup began tracking the question in 2010, according to a poll released Thursday.
The poll comes as the movement suffered a defeat this week in the North Carolina Republican Senate primary, with establishment candidate Thom Tillis defeating tea party favorite Greg Brannon by more than 18 percentage points.
Support for the tea party has also fallen, both nationally and within the Republican Party. Twenty-two percent of respondents said they are supporters of the tea party, down from the high-water mark of 32 percent in November 2010, Gallup found. Forty-eight percent said they are neither opponents nor supporters or have no opinion.
Republican support for the tea party is at 41 percent, down 20 points from November 2010.
Just 23 percent of those who identify themselves as moderate or liberal Republicans and 14 percent of independents support the tea party, according to the poll. More than half of conservative Republicans, though, say they are supporters of the tea party.
The poll was conducted April 24-30 with 1,513 adults on landlines and cellphones.