Opposition to Tea Party increases within GOP, Gallup reports

Opposition to the Tea Party is up within the Republican Party, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

Support for the party has been fairly steady the past two years -- almost one in four Americans report some support. But, 13 percent of the supporters say they are not strong supporters and opposition is growing.

Thirty-one percent of those polled said they were opponent: 19 percent strong, 12 percent not strong.

"These trends may help explain the diminished impact of the Tea Part in 2014 Republican primary elections this year, and could mean the Tea Party will have less of an impact in the forthcoming November general elections," Gallup wrote.

Gallup also found the party adherents were "generally indistinguishable from conservative Republicans."

"Tea Party supporters within the Republican Party also tend to be older, are more likely to be male, and are more likely to be married than other Republicans," Gallup wrote.

Having been, sometimes briefly, to Tea Party meetings, that last statement is hardly a shocker.