Poll: Tea Party Support Grows Within GOP

A new WSJ/NBC News poll finds the Tea Party movement is gaining traction within the Republican Party.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- A new poll released on Tuesday finds support is growing for the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.

According to a joint

Wall Street Journal/NBC News

survey, 71% of Republicans polled "described themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections."

The

poll

involved 1,000 adults and was conducted from Sept. 22-26 by Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter Hart.

The results follow the recent mid-term primaries where Tea Party candidates did better than many pundits were expecting; most notably Christine O'Donnell, who won the Republican nomination to run in a special Senate election in Delaware over party veteran Mike Castle.

The poll also found the opinion about what kind of job President Obama is doing with the economy had ticked up in the past few weeks as 42% of responders said they approve, up from 39% in the August 26-30 timeframe.

That increase coincides with a strong rally in stocks in September as the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

has gained 8.4% month-to-date.

In other Tea Party-related questions, 42% of those asked said the movement was a good thing for the American political system. Also, when queried about the Tea Party's influence within the Republican party, 18% of those asked said it had too little influence, 33% said just enough influence, 30% said too much influence, and 19% answered not sure.

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Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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