More Americans supporting Occupy Wall Street
November 3rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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More Americans supporting Occupy Wall Street

(CNN) - As Americans learn more about Occupy Wall Street, they are becoming more supportive of the movement's positions, according to a new poll from ORC International.

The survey, taken Oct. 28-31, shows more adult Americans saying they have heard of Occupy Wall Street than when the question was asked in early October. Sixty-four percent of respondents now say they've heard of the movement, compared to only 51% in the earlier poll.

The new poll also shows more Americans supporting the movement. Thirty-six percent say they agree with the overall positions of Occupy Wall Street, while 19% say they disagree.

That reflects an increase in support since early October, when 27% of those polled said they agreed with Occupy Wall Street's position.

Overall, a plurality of people surveyed said they weren't sure if they agreed or disagreed with the movement's position. Of those polled, 44% said they weren't sure, compared to 54% who said they weren't sure at the beginning of October.

The ORC International poll was taken by telephone, and surveyed 1,050 adult Americans. The sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points.

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  1. Marie MD

    What's not to support. These are not just young people, they are older folks also who probably can't stop working or have lost their jobs because companies tend to get rid of those employees who have been with them the longest.
    This IS a grassroots movement and, like somebody said the other day, the leader is the internet and social media.
    This is NOT the koch brothers and murdoch's money behind these folks who are braving bad weather and jail.
    All changes start with people standing up. Unlike the teabaggers who aretoo stupid to realize their goal was detrimental to their retirement these folks are going after the banks and filthy rich ceos who think that they shouldn't be blamed for making more money just in bonuses than their whole fleet of employees!!!

    November 3, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  2. kev

    U gotta understand the occupy movement is a feeling. They can't tell you exactly the policies they oppose or which congressman or women wrote it. Yet the feeling of the past 3 or 4 years of feeling dumped on by the rich, and wall street formed this movement.Gas prices and food prices have skyrocketed. Mortgages have gone up, utilities have gone up, Tax for this tax for that taxes everywhere, No jobs, yet the fatcats get bailed out multiple times might I add, they say if u lose ur job Shame on you, and they get major tax breaks to give bonuses with. All these things create a feeling and eventually feelings come out even if u can't exactly articulate the reason u just know.

    November 3, 2011 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  3. Michael

    How can people support the movements positions when the movement has no clear message? It just seems to be a group of people who want something for nothing and that think the best way to get a head in life is by taking what someone else has earned. They are simply creating a greater strain on local governement resoureces and hurting many small business owners- they are making a tough time ever tougher.

    November 3, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. Goodbye Obama

    What part of the country did they call, I guess it depends on what people you call, those of us working in America do not support the Occupy Wall Street,

    November 3, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  5. ed spangenburg

    I get why the they are protesting and everyone is mad at the government. But why don't we all just vote to get rid of the people in office. Some have been there 20 plus years they aren't out for us they are lining their pockets with our money. Its time to put them on the unemployment line. I belive if they didn't get it done in 4 years they aren't going to get it done time to take this country back time to put all new peoole in office as they don't care you are standing out there in the cold as they sleep in the warm home that we provide. They have 3 homes. They don't care they all think what you are doing is good for business for them. Maybe people need to remember we shouldn't be scared of our goverment they are to be scared of the people. I'm a iraq war vet and I say the time has come for a change. we have liberated other country's time to do the same here. Letsd just vote them out of office. Every last one. Then we take away their retirement and health insurance they will see it the way the people do. Someone tell me why government employees get a bonus?

    November 3, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    People see the inequality in the way the money is spread out. They don't like the fact that many people are doing very little and getting lots of money. These wealthy are doing little to help out those that are poor and down on their luck. They don't like Cain's idea that you only can blame yourself. There is only so much that people can do to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. First, they need the boots (skills to do a job). They need the training for that and many don't have it for the jobs that are open.

    November 3, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  7. Dovetail

    36% of 64% that know about the movement is hardly overwhelming support. I know CNN wants to promote OWS but at least TRY to be objective.

    November 3, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. Matt

    If disagree with the Supreme Court's fatal decision to classify a multinational, billion dollar corporation as a "person", which has allowed big business to spend unlimited cash on American Elections, then you should support Occupy Wall Street. Get the money out of our political system.

    November 3, 2011 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. Victoria

    Who did they poll?? I know not ONE single person that agrees with this semi-communist group. I’m talking about college kids I know as well as those in their 30’s and 40’s.. I think it’s the most liberal areas creating these particularly violent protest
    such as in Chicago, LA, and NY.. I belive there are good people in this group, but they’re either unaware or choosing to ignore the fact that it was planned out in July by leftist extremists and these people are being used as puppets and or bodies if you will… There are so mnay things wrong with this country and so many things wrong with both political parties, but this group or fake movement is not where it will change for the better in fact bad things will happen and are already happening within this group. The LA OWS is being led by a known member of the Communist party: (Two prominent members of the Communist Party USA are leading the growing “Occupy Los Angeles” movementThe two Southern California communists at the heart of Occupy Los Angeles movement are veteran party leader Arturo Cambron and his comrade, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council member Mario Brito.)

    I’m all for postive change and real American causes-THIS IS NOT IT.

    November 3, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. once upon a horse

    I think the MORE the right tries to slam and slime this movement the more it's going to grow. Heck this has gone not only nationwide but WORLDWIDE. Far more outreaching than Koch Borhters funded Tea Party movement. People in this country and the world are hurting and not only the poor and unemployed but households where BOT parents are employed. Why the right and the GOP and some Blue Dog Democrats want to continue to turn a blind eye to this I just can't understand.

    November 3, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Joe M.

    Kev – The banks that received TARP money have paid every penny of that money back – in full. Only AIG, GM and Chrysler haven't paid all of their funds back. Several of those banks, including Goldman Sachs, were FORCED to take TARP funds because Hank Paulson and the rest of Treasury knew that, if the choice was left up to the banks, lenders would know which banks were in trouble and which weren't just from whether they took TARP funds or not.

    As for gas and food prices going up, that is almost directly the result of loose monetary policy pursued by the Fed, not Wall Street manipulation. By keeping interest rates low and flooding the world with dollars through various QE's, expectation of inflation goes up – and so do commodity prices as people exit the dollar and dive into dollar-denominated assets (oil, grains), or precious metals (gold).

    November 3, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. LifeinVA

    Kev – Keep in mind it wasn't just the fatcats that got bailed out. The bailout $$$'s prevented many of those companies from going out of business, thus saving thousands of people from losing their jobs. So what if the CEO of a company makes millions...they are working 24/7 to keep thousands of people my opinion they deserve the big salaries.

    November 3, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. Roger

    Our corrupt government, banks and greedy corporations have stirred the beast. Thanks to all and their sacrifice taking a message to those that have systematically been dismantling our middle class. Time to show those like 9% Boehner the door. People like this are just treading water through their tenure protecting the tax cuts for the rich. Time to take the trash out of the House. Can't wait to vote.

    November 3, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. tester

    If companies show record profits and then fires 15,000 employees to please their shareholders instead of hiring more then... who is crazy enough not to support OWS.

    "where is the social responsibility"

    November 3, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  15. G Foster

    America is tired of being governed by the top 1%. A plurality of our members of Congress are millionaires.

    November 3, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |

    Nevermind OWS was started by some Canadian Group but who cares I have better things to do with my time than sit around trying to create class warfare and divide America!

    November 3, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  17. D Wilson

    What a joke. Of course support is building–you people in the media provide non-stop advertising in support of these creeps whose approach is violence and demands that they be given that which they do not work for. OH MY! I spent four years at a liberal arts school and can't find a job or pay back my student loan–get a life!

    I worked my way through college. Paid the tuition so that my wife could finish her education. I put three children though college and none of them got loans. My wife and I worked to pay for school and the kids worked to pay for recreation. It was hard. We were never able to have the best clothes, eat in restaurants, or take nice vacations. We brought children into the world–don't see where anyone told us it was the governments responsibility to take care of them. In short, we had to take whatever work we could get. And don't tell me I was lucky because I had a job. Wrong!! Nothing lucky about it. I took whatever work I could find and it wasn't always nice. Work for what you get...what a concept!

    November 3, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. James

    Bull freaking crap, I don't know any one who supports this so called 'movement'.

    Its just a bunch of bored college kids and burnt out children of the hippy generation, hoping to reclaim some misguided nostalgia of the 60's. Turn off the free wi-fi and they'll all go home, if that doesn't work: tear gas the hell out of them.

    November 3, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. BigJim

    @michael says "...just a group who thinks the best way to get ahead is to take what someone else had earned "
    no they are protesting the fact that the corporate " decision makers " took away millions of jobs once performed by fellow American tax paying .workers and moved those jobs to communist china and other foreign countries. When corporations took the paycheck away from employees puttin millions of their employees out of work they gailed to realise that these workers were also consumers whose spending fueled the demand that supported small businesses and that made record profits possible for the companies.
    After closing plants and outsourcing millions jobs, I cant understand why slower sales and profits would surprise Wall Street.
    I think the best way to "punish " Wall Street would be for the 99% to decide to drastically reduce spending during the coming Christmas shopping season. I think that would be a much more effective protest than sleeping in park and marching.

    November 3, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Liz the First

    The most important, and really most effective, thing the protesters can do is make sure to vote!!! If they refuse to participate in the only game in town, our democratic process, they will be subverting their cause. they need to channel all this positive energy into working for and electing the party that supports their cause, the Democrats. any other course of action is a waste of their energy.

    November 3, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  21. Pete

    Occupy has a lot of people throwing a lot of different positions out there, but the central "themes" that keep coming through are 1) prosecute those who did patently illegal things leading up to the financial meltdown and 2) find a way to get back to being a democracy representative of the people and not of the campaign contributors. For #2, obviously we need election reform and probably an amendment to block that horrible "corporations are people" Supreme Court decision. For #1, we have companies who knowingly foisted off CDO's that they were shorting (illegal), ratings agencies that were complicit in rating the things well when they knew they were garbage (illegal), lots of other stuff. Not to mention, where were the strings on the bailouts – that was a perfect time to lock in total compensation ratios, and the government whiffed because they aren't working for us, they're working around the inconvenience of appearing to work for us.

    It's not about gimme gimme, it's about stop stealing from me – I'm all for taxation if it is put to work for me or my countrymen, not so much if it's just being used to bail out overextended multinationals who then go right back to screwing me and mine out of our hard earned dollars. I am really not a big fan of them buying politicians to manipulate the rule of law in their favor via overwhelming campaign contributions either. The #1 thing this country needs is to socialize the electoral process, totally turn that paradigm on it's ear, and then figure out how we can give special interests a voice instead of being where we're at, trying to figure out how to give the people some power. This is supposed to be a representative Democracy, and right now it's really not.

    November 3, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    LifeinVA wrote:
    Keep in mind it wasn't just the fatcats that got bailed out. The bailout $$$'s prevented many of those companies from going out of business, thus saving thousands of people from losing their jobs. So what if the CEO of a company makes millions...they are working 24/7 to keep thousands of people my opinion they deserve the big salaries.
    What is the difference between those companies going out of business (mainlyu because of their own actions) and a middle class home owner "going out of business", losing his job (mainly because of actions by others) and home? Why should the one who caused the problem be bailed out, while the one is hurt by the problem is tossed overboard?

    Would you care to explain why a CEO should make a multi-million dollar salary. Why should an executive get paid a multi-million dollar golden parachute when he leaves a company that he totally mismanaged into near bankruptcy? Why do you think a CEO works harder than the factory worker, or a policeman, or a nurse, or a teacher, or a fireman? I think professional athletes work harder than CEOs, and the best of them really do work 24/7, 365 a days a year, just to stay in shape.

    November 3, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. Mack

    "If companies show record profits and then fires 15,000 employees to please their shareholders instead of hiring more then... who is crazy enough not to support OWS.

    "where is the social responsibility""


    November 3, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. HG

    The real truth is that most people have no idea what the traitor michael moore and the occupy movement really stand for.
    It's time for the media to get real responsible. When they say democratic, when they say "people", they are talking about a system of socialism or if you will communisn, such as Cuba and Venezuela. They believe they have the right to control everything. While the current system is screwed up a bit, they don't have the answers. But the bottom line is Moore who jet sets across the country is nothing more than a Hugo Chavez. Now that the lowlife anarchists who are nothing more than the present day Nazi's are seeing their opportunities for destruction, things will get interesting.There are alot of people suckered into this movement. But will somebody ever say what exactly is a solution.

    November 3, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The OWS movement might be marked by incoherence and a lack of organization now, but if you check history - something Americans are generally quite sloppy at doing - you see some of the most influential movements started out slowly and in somewhat ad hoc fashion. And they grow and grow and grow. The Fox News echo chamber ultimately is powerless to stop it, and they can milk ratings bashing it for only so long, before the movement becomes truly mainstream. This movement has legs, and its core message - THE CORPORATION HOLDS FAR TOO MUCH POWER OVER THE WORKER AND IS KILLING THE MIDDLE CLASS IN OUR DEMOCRACY - is very strong and cutting. As Peter Gabriel sang in his epic tribute to Stephen Biko, "You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire." If don't think the corporate powers are deeply concerned right now, you're not paying attention.

    November 3, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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