The Washington Times - November 29, 2011, 03:55PM

The Pew Research Center has released a new survey that found that support for the tea party is slipping nationally, including in districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus.

The survey, conducted Nov. 9-14, showed that 27 percent of the respondents said they disagree with the grass-roots movement, compared with 20 percent who agree.

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“A year ago, in the wake of the sweeping GOP gains in the midterm elections, the balance of opinion was just the opposite: 27 percent agreed and 22 percent disagreed with the Tea Party,” the Pew survey found. “At both points, more than half offered no opinion.”

The summary discovered a similar situation playing out in congressional districts represented by the 60 members of the House Tea Party Caucus.

“Throughout the 2010 election cycle, agreement with the Tea Party far outweighed disagreement in the 60 House districts represented by members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus,” the summary reads. “But as is the case nationwide, support has decreased significantly over the past year; now about as many people living in Tea Party districts disagree (23 percent) as agree (25 percent) with the Tea Party.”

The dip in support coincided with a decline in the Republican Party’s image in tea party districts, where 41 percent hold a favorable view of the GOP and 48 percent hold an unfavorable view, according to Pew.

“As recently as March of this year, GOP favorability was 14 points higher (55 percent) in these districts, with just 39 percent offering an unfavorable opinion,” the report says.