A new Fox News survey shows that Americans remain deeply wary of the tea party movement, and strongly prefer Barack Obama to a hypothetical tea party candidate. And it’s a result Fox News chose to bury in its reporting on the poll — choosing instead to highlight “anti-Obama” voter sentiment. The poll, released by Fox News yesterday, shows that if given the choice between re-electing Barack Obama and electing a member of the tea party movement, Americans prefer Barack Obama 48% to 23%, a margin of 25 points.
Fox’s survey, conducted just over a week ago, shows that independents are still uneasy about trusting a member of the tea party movement with a position of power. Indeed, among independents, Barack Obama enjoys a 17 point lead.
Interestingly, the poll reveals that only 32% of independents would probably or definitely vote for Obama in 2012. But when matched against a tea party candidate, President Obama’s vote share jumps by 11 points to 43%.
The poll also looks at hypothetical matchups between Barack Obama and potential Republican nominees, and finds the President in a decisive lead among all the candidates tested.
President Obama would trounce former House majority leader Newt Gingrich and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, beating each by 24 points. The strongest challenger to the President appears to be former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is only 12 points back in a hypothetical race.
The poll also reveals the depth of disenchantment that Americans are starting to feel towards their elected officials. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans and fully half of all independents believe it would be good for the country if all the current members of Congress were voted out of office and replaced with new representatives.
Americans also remain skeptical of their representatives’ intentions. Seventy-nine percent of Republicans and independents alike think that elected officials in the United States are more concerned with power and wealth than with public service.
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