Just in case you thought the Tea Party was dominating American politics (given the media's obscene coverage of corndog-eating candidates at county fairs) we can assure you that you're wrong. According to a new New York Times poll, the ultra-conservative political party ranked dead last among twenty-three groups in terms of popularity. Among the less-despised: atheists and Muslims, two groups Tea Partiers are most likely to rail against.
This marks a steep decline in popularity. As of April 2010, twenty-one percent of Americans approved of the Tea Party while eighteen percent disapproved of it. Now, twenty percent approve while a whopping forty percent disapprove of it. It'll be interesting to see how these numbers evolve as the 2012 presidential election nears. Perhaps the world will be safe for Earl Grey drinkers who don't want to be plagued with a political stigma, once again.