Today, The Convention of States Project released an inaugural survey of 4,081 grassroots leaders, taken between March 9-12, revealing new insights on how they believe President Trump and Congress performed in their first 50 days. 

Mark Mecker, tea party co-founder, leader of the Convention of States Project and President of Citizens for Self-Governance conducted the survey to gain further insight into the bloc of activists that had a profound effect on the November elections. The ten question survey was designed to zero in on the people who were overlooked by pundits and strategists alike. 

Of 4,081 replies over a three day span, responses from all fifty states revealed: 

67% gave Trump an “A” in terms of keeping campaign promises to grassroots

41% gave Republican leaders a “C” for working with President Trump to keep his campaign promises

37% gave Republicans in Congress a “C” on their ability to fulfill legislative priorities

79% gave an “F” to the media when it comes to covering the new administration

89% gave an “F” to Democrats in Congress for their ability to work with Republicans in Congress 

Respondents ranked the following issues in importance: 

Appointing constitutionalists to the courts

Repealing and replacing Obamacare

Making our military stronger 

Meaningful tax reform

Rolling back regulatory EO’s put in place by the Obama Administration 

Of the results, Meckler explained, “We heard from the most engaged activists around the country. These are the folks who walk precincts, phone bank for candidates, give money, support causes and influence their friends and neighbors. They are ‘100% voters’ and high level influencers within their communities.  These are the people who rarely get polled, and yet they are important because they have a disproportionate impact on both public opinion and the results of elections.”

He continued, “If you want to know the future direction of American politics, you have to know what they are thinking.  These people are part of the reason the press was so wrong about the last election; we are developing a methodology that will reflect their presence in the political landscape.  We have the unique ability to reach them and we are proud to make their opinions count.”

The Convention of States Project is currently organized in all 50 states, including over a million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Indiana and Arizona have passed our Article V resolution since the Project’s founding in 2013. Currently, twenty-eight states are considering the Convention of States resolution. 


About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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