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Poll: 7 In 10 Americans Think GOP Should Listen To Tea Party

Some interesting poll results, via The Daily Caller:
A Gallup/USA Today poll released on Monday found that seven in 10 adults, including 88 percent of Republicans, agree that Republican leaders in Congress should take the Tea Party movement’s objectives and views into account when addressing the country’s problems. Fifty-three percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats rated this consideration as “very important.”

The poll also found that more Americans have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party than they do of the Tea Party movement. Forty-seven percent of surveyed Americans had a favorable view of the Republican Party and 39 percent of poll participants had a favorable standpoint on the Tea Party.
Well, this is good news for both the Tea Party folks, as well as the GOP.

On one hand, you have a higher percentage of Americans who find the Republican Party more favorable than the Tea Party movement -- however, Americans seem to agree that the GOP should focus more of its attention on the platform (fiscal conservatism) of the Tea Party. This could work to the advantage of both groups.

However, I think that the bigger question is this: if these two arguably similar groups join forces, will there be a struggle for power within the larger movement? Will social conservatives feel slighted by a renewed focus on fiscal issues?

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