Poll: US Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

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    Nov 04, 2011 11:12 AM GMT
    Despite the support of journalists who have been somewhat selective in their coverage, as people learn more about OWS, their support goes down. Not exactly surprising. I just hope it's a movement that lasts through 2012.

    http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2011/11/poll-voters-viewing-occupy-wal.php

    A sign that the Occupy Wall Street movement isn't the best long-term vehicle for Democrats to connect themselves with: A new Quinnipiac poll, showing a plurality of voters viewing the group unfavorably.

    The poll, released today, show 30 percent of voters surveyed view the movement favorably, 39 percent unfavorably, with an additional 30 percent not hearing enough to have an opinion. It's one of the first national polls to suggest voters are growing skeptical of Occupy Wall Street- and it comes as police have clashed with protesters in several cities. Previous national polls have shown a plurality of adults supporting the movement.

    These numbers comes as Democrats, from the White House on down, have struck a decidedly populist tone in recent months, from President Obama calling on the wealthy to pay a higher share in taxes, Senate Democratic officials rallying behind the campaign of Elizabeth Warren, who has embraced the Occupy Wall Street movement, and House Democrats, who sent out a petition last month aimed at leveraging the Occupy Wall Street movement against the Republican Party.

    The poll found that Occupy Wall Street's negatives aren't quite as high as the Tea Party's unfavorables, but aren't far off. Just 31 percent of voters view the Tea Party favorably unfavorably, 45 percent unfavorably, and 24 percent haven't heard enough.

    Among independents, the Occupy Wall Street movement and Tea Party movement are now viewed equally unfavorably. Occupy Wall Street has a net -13 favorable rating with independents (29% favorable/42% unfavorable), while the Tea Party holds a net -11 favorable rating (34% favorable/45% unfavorable).

    The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 2,294 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.1 percentage points. Its live interviewers called both land lines and cell phones.
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    Nov 04, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    No surprise here. Their a bunch of disgusting, smelly, greedy, self entitled bums.
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    Nov 06, 2011 6:15 AM GMT
    With increased violence and growing reports of sexual assaults, it's only going to get worse.
  • GQjock

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    Nov 06, 2011 11:33 AM GMT
    Gee .... I wonder what the tea party favorability is right now

    I heard it was a hovering around that of the House members
    it's bad when you get down unto Dick Cheney territory

    ..... LOL
  • KissTheSky

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    Nov 06, 2011 10:31 PM GMT
    Different polls say different things.
    This CBS/NYTimes poll finds 43% of Americans agree with the views of OccupyWS, with only 27% against.

    http://shortformblog.tumblr.com/post/11936804425/occupy-wall-street-poll


    The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, in the mid to high 30s.

    Which would translate into support from more than 100 million Americans. Not bad for a movement that's been around for six weeks, I'd say.
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    Nov 06, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidDifferent polls say different things.
    This CBS/NYTimes poll finds 43% of Americans agree with the views of OccupyWS, with only 27% against.

    http://shortformblog.tumblr.com/post/11936804425/occupy-wall-street-poll


    The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, in the mid to high 30s.

    Which would translate into support from more than 100 million Americans. Not bad for a movement that's been around for six weeks, I'd say.


    Look at the dates on that. On the 25th, the OWS movement still had a lot of momentum and then the violence started to get reported. What you are seeing are not contradictory polls - but ones conducted pre-Oakland and post-Oakland. The movement insofar as popular support goes, has peaked.

    But as has been stated repeatedly, I think it is to be expected that most people agree with the underlying and original premise of OWS - which is that most people are upset with the bailouts - but that's true as much for the tea partiers as it is for the Canadians who organized OWS. As people learn more of the ideals and the other messages being pushed along with the basic message - like class warfare and growing reports of violence mixed in with anti-semitism for good measure, it's turning off much of the public - which is why you are starting to get the negative numbers.