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VOTERS HOLD AND UNFAVORABLE OPINION OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT

November 8, 2011
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Resurgent Republic conducted its latest survey of 1000 American voters October 30 through November 2, 2011. Following are key highlights pertaining to their feelings of the Occupy Wall Street movement.




Read the full report: Voters Believe America is Worse Off Than When Obama Took Office




  1. The Occupy Wall Street movement has received significant attention lately, yet more Americans hold an unfavorable than a favorable view of the movement, with intensity on the negative side. The favorable/unfavorable ratings of Occupy Wall Street are 34/42 overall (17 percent very favorable/28 percent very unfavorable). Both Republicans and Independents give the movement an unfavorable rating (16/63 and 32/ 43, respectively), while Democrats rate it favorably (55/22).


  2. Opinions toward Occupy Wall Street improve when given arguments for and against the movement.


    Occupy Wall Street is a positive force in American politics. They are rightly pointing out the excesses of big banks and Wall Street, which made huge profits while jeopardizing the financial security of ordinary Americans.


    Occupy Wall Street is a negative force in American politics. They are left-wing activists who think capitalism is bad, and would prefer a system where government regulates profits and redistributes income instead of a free-market economy.


    With this explanation, Americans believe Occupy Wall Street is a positive force by 47 to 37 percent, including Democrats at 62 to 24 percent and Independents by 49 to 36 percent. Republicans view it as a negative force by 54 to 28 percent.

    In one more demonstration of populist anger toward Wall Street, one-third of the people with a favorable view of the Tea Party say Occupy Wall Street is a positive force.

    The bottom line: defending Wall Street and big banks is a losing political proposition in the current climate.





Read the full report: Voters Believe America is Worse Off Than When Obama Took Office




 

Filed under: Political Climate, Polling Analysis, and Occupy Wall Street