A new poll
released by Wall Street Journal
and NBC News
demonstrated the Tea Party's support among Republican voters. 71 percent of Republicans support the ideals expressed by the Tea Party, a significant majority that shows the Tea Party “isn’t a small little segment, but it is a huge part of what’s driving 2010,” according to Democratic pollster Peter Hart in an interview
in The Wall Street Journal.
The Tea Party has been making significant gains in politically important regions, as evidenced in Ohio
where Tea Party affiliation has grown notably - and in New York, where the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Cuomo is struggling
against Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino.
The growth in Tea Party influence has also raised concerns among Democratic leadership figures, with Senator John Kerry seeking to label the movement
as "Sarah Palin's Party."
The poll also showed that 73 percent disapproved of the job Congress is doing. The high Congressional disapproval correlates well with the Tea Party support.
Meanwhile, President Obama sought to motivate Democratic supporters. According to Huffington Post
, an Obama rally in Michigan drew a crowd of 26,000.
The midterm elections will be held on November 2.