I put this up as a separate post because it encompasses many issues and, in some cases, includes historic data to show trends. Although the sample polled is relatively small, it still demonstrates some interesting trends and contradictions amongst the electorate's view. Questions 23 through 27 refer wholly/partly to Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Note that, although a majority of those polled admit that they are not well-informed about the movement, the majority also say that they agree partly/strongly with them. This suggests that a percentage of people are influenced obliquely - another example of the media influencing, but not informing, public opinion perhaps.
N.B. Apologies for not embedding the link but, as always, this bug-ridden blogger tool isn't cooperating.