WASHINGTON – TheTeaParty.net today released the results of an independent poll of Americans showing that by a 2-1 margin citizens prefer the “limited government” of the tea party to the “big government” of the progressives.

The poll showed 48 percent of Americans support tea party principles of “free markets” and “personal responsibility” to only 21-percent support for “higher taxes,” “more spending” and “progressive, liberal principles.”

The organization said the poll was done by independent polling firm NSON Inc. with 500 live responses and a margin of error of 4.38 percent.

Despite the election win by President Obama last fall, the poll indicates an underlying  desire for less government.

Bob Adams, the Capitol Hill representative of TheTeaParty.net, told WND today that the numbers show, “We’re stronger than ever.”

The poll “shows the tea party is still here and still engaged and greater than before,” he said.

He noted the filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., this week in the U.S. Senate over Obama administration statements the president has the authority to order a lethal drone strike on U.S. residents on American soil. Adams said it was “instructive” of the influence of the tea party that Paul “was able to get [Attorney General Eric Holder] to answer him and cave.”

He viewed the outcome as a part of a greater series of victories scored against the Obama administration over the last three years, all from tea party figures.

Among those, he said was that Obama allowed the Bush tax cuts to be extended.

He said Paul’s filibuster resonated because Americans “across the board saw senators standing up for something meaningful and getting something accomplished.”

“It is more than we have seen in sometime on Capitol Hill,” he said.

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