A USA Today/Gallup Poll found that 47 percent of those surveyed said they have unfavorable views of the tea party, compared with just 33 percent who said they have favorable views.
Twenty percent said they have no opinion of the movement that often dominates the political news.
Tea party numbers dropped in this poll, conducted April 20-23, compared with the last time Gallup asked about the movement, in mid-January.
Then, Gallup found that 42 percent had unfavorable views on the tea party, while 39 percent had positive views of it. As in the most recent poll, 20 percent of people surveyed then had no opinion.
The breakdown showed a clear partisan divide, with favorable ratings from 60 percent of Republicans surveyed, but just 30 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats.
The Gallup Poll isn’t the first to show the tea party’s unfavorables approaching 50 percent. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation surveyreleased in late March found the tea party’s positive rating at 32 percent and its negative at 47 percent.
The Gallup Poll surveyed 1,013 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The CNN poll reached 1,023 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.