Leadership and groups

An October 2010 Washington Post canvass of 647 local Tea Party organizers asked 'which national figure best represents your groups?' and got the following responses: no one 34%, Sarah Palin 14%, Glenn Beck 7%, Jim DeMint 6%, Ron Paul 6%, Michele Bachmann 4%. The success of candidates popular within the Tea Party movement has boosted Palin's visibility. Rasmussen and Schoen (2010) conclude that 'She is the symbolic leader of the movement, and more than anyone else has helped to shape it.


The movement has been supported nationally by prominent individuals and organizations, including:

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