Tea Party Quickly Shrinking According to a new CBS/New York Times poll, the Tea Party is losing ground rapidly. Do you consider yourself to be a supporter of the Tea Party movement, or not? Yes 18 No 73 The 18 percent who self-identify as Tea Party supporters is at its lowest point, tying the 18 percent who supported it way back in April of 2010, when it was first gaining steam as the Congressional races of last cycle began heating up. The trajectory is interesting: The Times poll shows the Tea Party has had some ups and downs, but it steadily gained supporters as the 2010 campaigns wore on, and peaked with 31 percent of the electorate saying they supported the movement at around the time that the GOP won its massive 2010 victory. Then its support began to decline, and it then dropped a precipitous eight points from June until today a period that roughly coincided with the debt ceiling debate.