Only a quarter of Virginia voters support the Tea Party movement, according to a newly released poll by Christopher Newport University's Wason Center for Public Policy.
Those numbers reflect the mood nationally, where across the country Tea Party support has hit all-time lows.
The state poll showed 25 percent of voters in Virginia support the movement, while nearly half oppose it.
Another 25 percent had no view of the movement.
At its peak popularity, the Tea Party had the support of more than a third of the country.
In the wake of the government shutdown, however, many view the congressional intransigence as directly related to the movement. Indeed, a new Associated Press-GfK survey out today shows 65 percent of Americans believe the Tea Party is either almost all or partially responsible for the government shutdown.
The low polling numbers could also spell trouble for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, who enjoys heavy Tea Party support but trails Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe by 9 points, according to a poll released yesterday by the Wason Center.
McAuliffe has wasted no time tying the government shutdown to Cuccinelli, who holds a seat in neither the Senate nor the House but whom McAuliffe claims is "apparently more concerned with his reputation with the tea party than ending the government shutdown that is undermining Virginia's economy."
Asked Friday if the government shutdown is having any noticeable consequences on his gubernatorial efforts, Cuccinelli said "Yes, it is affecting the campaign."
The new poll by Wason Center also showed 58 percent of Virginians saying they agreed or mostly agreed that women's rights were coming under attack. The percentages were heavily split among party lines, however, with 88 percent of Democrats agreeing or strongly agreeing, while only 31 percent of Republicans agreed or strongly agreed.
The Wason Center for Public Policy poll of 1,004 registered voters, including 886likely voters, was taken Oct. 1-6.
The survey's overall margin of error is +/- 3.1% at the 95% level of confidence, and +/- 3.3% at the 95% level of confidence for likely voters.
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