ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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FINDINGS FROM THE 2015 AMERICAN VALUES SURVEY 13

FIGURE 2. Identification with the Tea Party, 2010-2015

Do you consider yourself part of the Tea Party movement, or not?

Percent answering “yes” among all Americans and all Republicans

All Americans

All Republicans

Trendline (All Americans)

Trendline (All Republicans)

40

35

30

25

20

15

10

5

0

Aug 2010

Jan 2011

June 2011

Nov 2011

Apr 2012

Aug 2012

Jan 2013

Jun 2013

Nov 2013

Apr 2014

Sep 2014

Feb 2015

Jul 2015

Dec 2015

Source: PRRI Surveys, 2010 — 2015.

The decline in favorable views of the Tea Party is pronounced among Republicans, independents,

and Democrats. Fewer than half (45%) of Republicans have a favorable view of the Tea Party

today, compared to 58% who held a positive view in 2014. Political independents’ positive view

of the Tea Party has also dropped from 35% in 2014 to 27% today, as have those of Democrats:

18% in 2014 to 12% today.

Even among conservative Republicans, favorable views of the Tea Party have dropped substantially

over the last year, from two-thirds (66%) in 2014 to 56% today. But the drop among moderate

and liberal Republicans has been even steeper: in 2014, more than four in ten (42%) moderate

and liberal Republicans expressed a positive view of the Tea Party, compared to only 27% today.

Political Priorities: Critical Issues in the Country

Three issues are mentioned most often by Americans as being critical to them personally: health

care (63%), terrorism (62%), and jobs and unemployment (60%). A majority (53%) of the public

also report that crime is a critical issue to them personally. Slightly fewer say the cost of education

(49%), economic inequality (48%), and immigration (46%) are critical issues. Fewer Americans

say that race relations (39%), climate change (34%), abortion (34%), religious liberty (31%),

and same-sex marriage (25%) are critical issues.

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