Struggling Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) says that a recent poll showing more people disagree with the tea party is hogwash — and that it’s really the Occupy movement that is out of step with public opinion.
The Pew Research Center found last month that 27 percent of Americans disagreed with the tea party, while only 20 percent agreed.
“Is it possible that the tea party has overplayed its hand and is seen as too hardcore?” CNN’s Candy Crowley asked Bachmann Sunday.
“Oh for heaven sakes, no,” Bachmann remarked. “Most people agree with the tea party.”
“The strength is not with Occupy Wall Street. If you go to the essence of what Occupy Wall Street stands for, it’s having other people pay for their stuff. That’s not where the American people are at.”
The polling organization Gallup recently found that 25 percent of Americans approved of the Occupy movement, and 16 percent disaproved.
An earlier Time magazine poll determined that the Occupy movement was roughly twice as popular as the tea party.
Watch this video from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast Dec. 4, 2011.