Towery also questioned poll participants about Georgia’s biggest political news of the week, Thursday’s vote by the Public Service Commission on Georgia Power Co.’s long-term plans to generate electricity. In the days leading up to the vote, various groups connected with the tea-party movement have taken opposite positions on whether the regulators should require the company to double its access to solar power.
The all-Republican commission ended up voting 3-2 for the added solar.
The poll showed just 25 percent of Republicans questioned agreed that the issue “is a good use of the tea party’s time and efforts.” Most, 50 percent, said it was a bad use of the movement’s resources. The rest said they didn’t care or were undecided.
Towery said the results show voters are confused when the tea party strays from the issues of taxes and federal spending that spawned it.
“I just think if we keep seeing the tea party going after these abstract issues, they’re just going to dilute their clout,” he said.