COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  It's probably a good thing for the Obama administration not to increase tensions with "tea partiers" because 40.1% of registered voters say they agree/strongly agree with the principles of the Tea Party movement (limited government, lower taxes, anti-stimulus, anti-deficit and anti-bailout), according to the latest American Pulse™ survey of 5,058 Americans. It's not surprising that 58.8% of Republicans agree with their philosophies, but what is interesting is that 43.9% of Independents and even 21.1% of Democrats have similar opinions.

In general, on a scale of 1-5, how much do you agree with the following group of principles regarding government: limited government, anti-stimulus, anti-deficit, anti-bailout and lower taxes?

    Registered   Registered   Registered   Registered
    Voters   Republicans   Democrats   Independents
1 - Strongly Disagree   12.0%   10.1%   15.1%   8.4%
2 - Disagree   12.6%   6.3%   18.6%   11.8%
3 - Neutral   35.3%   24.8%   45.1%   35.9%
4 - Agree   18.3%   21.3%   13.6%   20.2%
5 - Strongly Agree   21.8%   37.5%   7.5%   23.7%

Source: American Pulse™, April-2010

Complete complimentary report available on Americans who agree with Tea Party Principles:

Further, 70.9% of Americans have little-to-no confidence that the Government's policies will help lower unemployment. This low level of trust is also evident when it comes to the economy as 68.5% don't believe current strategies in Washington will get the financial system back on track.

Other key findings:

  • 82.3% think members of Congress should have to pass a proficiency test about the Constitution before they can serve...8.5% say they shouldn't.
  • 61.7% of Americans don't believe President Obama and Congress are doing enough to create jobs...18.6% think they are.
  • 40.1% say lawmakers should use leftover bailout money to pay down the debt...24.4% say give it back to Americans through stimulus packages.

About American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® every month exclusively utilizing Survey Sampling International's (SSI) U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. Over 5,000 respondents participate, providing greater insights and accuracy of +/- 1%.

About Survey Sampling International (SSI)
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