Tea Party Movement Gains Steam

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Ever since the Tea Party movement rolled onto the scene back in 2009, it's certainly been picking up steam.

"It's definitely growing from personal experience as well as from what I'm hearing from groups across the state," Joan Fabiano, founder of Grass Roots in Michigan, said.

That goes for local tea party movements, as well as national ones, and it seems voters are starting to take notice.

An exclusive Voice of the Voter poll shows just five percent of those asked said they're an actual member of a tea party organization. But, that same poll also shows 44 percent support the movement whether they are involved in it or not. Thirty-three percent oppose the Tea Party.

"In Michigan, I think the jury is still out," Bernie Porn of Epic MRA said. "You have a lot of very active tea partiers that could have an impact in this election."

That's the whole point Fabiano said. She said people aren't happy with the direction of the country right now, and they want change.

"One in two people say the tea party is good for the country, whether they believe in it or not," Fabiano said. "It's good because people are getting involved and people are having a voice."

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly the Tea Party as a whole represents because there are so many different groups scattered across the country, but Fabiano said there is a common theme.

"Basically all tea parties want limited government with the adherence to the Constitution, that's the basic," she said.

Tea Party followers will be choosing candidates that most represent them this election. Political experts said they will have an impact.

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