And the winner is? Paul Ryan. Really?
This findings in this Pew Poll shouldn't be a surprise. After all Ryan was well liked as a veep candidate. His flirtation with amnesty has made some of us nervous but he has not involved himself in any controversy since he was picked by Romney. He remains one of the most knowledge fiscal thinkers in the Republican Party and a bona fide foe of big government.
Fully 69% of Tea Party Republican voters want Republican leaders in Washington to move in a more conservative direction. That compares with just 43% of all non-Tea Party Republicans and just 24% of moderates who do not agree with the Tea Party. This chart shows the support the above Republicans have among Tea Party and non Tea party Republicans.
Evidently Tea Party Republicans have had their fill of Chris Christie but notice Ted Cruz and his appeal to the Tea Party; 48% favorable to only 9% unfavorable and 43% don't know him. He has room to run.