According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, "the Tea Party movement" -- a vaguely defined, all-things-to-all-people, quasi-grass roots "movement" that's been heavily promoted and marketed by a major media outlet and that governs nothing and advocates no specific policy ideas beyond anti-government sloganeering -- is marginally more popular than either of the actual, established political parties.
"The Tea Party movement" was viewed positively by 31 percent of people and negatively by 30 percent. The Republican Party was viewed positively by 30 percent of respondents and negatively by 42 percent. Thirty-seven percent of people viewed the Democratic Party favorably, which is definitely more than the Tea Party, but 42 percent viewed the Democrats negatively, which is really pretty bad.
Like most opinion polls, this one can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. According to Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal, it's a sign of "Voters Shifting to GOP." According to MSNBC, nothing important has really changed since their last poll.
Either way, it's a bad time to be an incumbent anything. Many respondents also "think" we're "still" in a recession, which suggests that economic trends are perhaps driving a lot of the bipartisan incumbent-hate. Obviously a massive jobs program is politically "impossible" for reasons that are still mostly unclear to me.