The latest survey by Rasmussen Reports found that 44 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of the tea party, up 14 percentage points from January. Urgent: Is Obama Telling the Truth on IRS, Benghazi Scandals? It is still down, however, from a high of 51 percent in April 2009, when the movement first rose up to protest President Barack Obama's spending policies. The same figure, — 44 percent of likely voters — also said they view the tea party unfavorably, but that is five percentage points lower than earlier this year.Editor's note - Meanwhile, there's now serious talk of Tea Party darling Sarah Palin running for US Senate in Alaska in 2014. Good timing?