Support among Americans for the tea party has dropped to a near-record low of 22 percent, according to the latest Gallup poll.
The survey of 1,510 adults taken Sept. 5-8 also revealed that opposition to the conservative movement has also dropped 2 points since 2011, from 29 percent to 27 percent.
The record low for tea party support was set that year at 21 percent, with the record high coming just after the 2010 mid-term elections, when 32 percent of respondents polled by Gallup identified themselves as tea party backers.
That same year, 65 percent of respondents who said they were tea party members also said they were supporters of the Republican Party.
In the latest Gallup survey, however, only 38 percent said they continue to identify with the GOP, which may explain why Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have a hard time corralling their more conservative tea party-affiliated lawmakers.
Gallup's Lydia Sadd said the drop in GOP support among tea party backers also explains why Republican incumbents are looking over their shoulders as next year's primary elections approach.
"Their frustration with the GOP could result in more tea party-backed conservative challenges to Republican incumbents who don't embrace tea party principles," she said.
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