ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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ters (73%) of Trump supporters say that it bothers them when they come into contact with

immigrants who speak little or no English. Supporters of other Republican candidates also view

immigrants negatively, but somewhat less so—a majority (56%) say that immigrants are a burden

on the U.S. due to their economic impact and a similar number (58%) report that coming into

contact with immigrants who do not speak English bothers them.

Trump supporters also express greater concern about discrimination against white Americans

and white men in particular. 3 Roughly three-quarters (74%) of Trump supporters—compared to

57% of supporters of all other Republican candidates—agree that, today, discrimination against

whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities. More

than four in ten (42%) Trump supporters—compared to 30% of supporters of all other Republican

candidates—say that white men face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today.

The Tea Party

Declining Size, Changing Composition of the Tea Party, 2010-2015

PRRI has tracked Tea Party affiliation in 32 national surveys between 2010 and 2015. These

surveys reveal that the percentage of Americans who identify with the Tea Party movement has

declined by nearly half over the last five years, from 11% in 2010 to 6% today. Tea Party affiliation

has also dropped among Republicans, from 22% in 2010 down to 14% today.

Even as its numbers have shrunk, the Tea Party’s composition has remained fairly stable, with

some notable exceptions. The Tea Party continues to be older, whiter, and more male than the

general population. But compared to 2010, members of today’s Tea Party earn less money: in

2010, 22% lived in households with less than $30,000 in annual income, compared to 30% today.

There has also been an uptick in the overlap between those who identify with the Tea Party and

those who identify with the Christian Right or conservative Christian political movement. In 2010,

PRRI found that 47% of the Tea Party also considered themselves part of the Christian Right, a

number that has grown to 54% today.

Declining Favorability of the Tea Party

Favorable views of the Tea Party have dropped 10 percentage points over the last year. Only

one-quarter (25%) of Americans currently hold a favorable view of the Tea Party, down from 35%

last year. Most (57%) Americans currently hold an unfavorable view of the group, up from 46%

last year. Notably, nearly one in five (17%) report being unfamiliar with the Tea Party or did not

provide an opinion about the group.

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Throughout this report, the term “white Americans” refers to white, non-Hispanic Americans.

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