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Poll Watchers: Tea party unfavorable, cutting the debt, GOP 2012 and the Royal Wedding

• Tea party unfavorable: Nearly half of the public rates the tea party political movement unfavorably, 47 percent to 33 percent who rate it favorably in a new Gallup poll. Those ratings mark new high and low points in unfavorable and favorable views. Unfavorable ratings are up six points since January and favorable views are down by just as much. But another Gallup measure – being a supporter or opponent of the movement – has held constant this month; 30 percent describe themselves as tea party supporters, 28 percent opponents and 42 percent neither.

• Cutting the debt: A Fox News poll among registered voters finds a 37 to 30 percent split in a choice between Obama’s and Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) budget cutting plans. Another 11 percent say neither and 16 percent are unsure. Among a variety of proposals to cut the federal budget, increasing taxes on those with incomes over $200,000 and reducing the government workforce by 10 percent are the only ones that win majority support. Less popular would be a national sales tax, raising the age for Social Security benefits and reforming Medicare to a voucher system.

• GOP 2012 and Trump: Also in the Fox poll, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee are atop the GOP field among potential Republican primary voters (winning 19 and 17 percent each), with real estate magnate Donald Trump firmly in the second tier registering 7 percent of the hypothetical vote. There’s some potentially tough news for Trump; 62 percent of all registered voters say they would be not at all proud to have Trump as president and 57 percent have an unfavorable view of him.

• Royal Wedding: Enough already? – A Pew Research Center poll released on Wednesday finds modest interest in the runup to the wedding of Prince William of England and Kate Middleton. Just 8 percent say they’ve been following news about the big event very closely, 13 percent fairly closely. And 64 percent say there has been too much coverage given to the wedding.

Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.

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