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

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. HG

    The there are alot of well meaning people involved in this movement and there are alot of good criticisms but most of these people are very politicall naive. If they believe that these hardcore leftists are looking out for their benefit, they really have no sense of what the far left iis all about

    November 3, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Mariee

    I also support the people because they are "the People" if they had jobs to go to they would not be out there period. So get our jobs back from other countries and solve this problem. I wish we would stop buying Apple products and all the phones and gadgets that are made in other countries and we buy. So I wish people like Trump, Hannity, and O'Riely would shut their big mouths because they have no idea what theses people are about. And don't compare them to the tea baggers because they are not racist white people, they are all colors trying to get their voice out about corporate greed.

    November 3, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. really

    The problem with OWS is that the thugs have been on board from the start. Don't you realize that all of this was planned ahead of time? The list of grievances for at least the first ten or so is 100% legit, but the rest are straight out of the ideologies of the far left revolutionaries that want an overthrow of our Constitutional Republic (and you are a true fool if you think otherwise). This movement was highjacked from the start... just like the tea party. Right and left are just arms of the same beast that is squeezing us in a pincer maneuver with the goal of collapsing our society. If these grievances were limited to just the financial irresponsibilities that were pushed through by both sides of the isle, if this movement understood that true democracy is nothing more than mob rule and thus the reason this nation was a constitutional Republic (at least until about 40 years ago when it walked away from those principles) and if these protesters were at the heart of the problem...Washington DC, then maybe people like me would be on board. Right now, it just looks like the patients are in charge of the asylum.

    November 3, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Ryan

    Any type of civil unrest, whatever the goal or motivation, is going to be bad for the economy. When ports are shut down, revenue is lost. This doesn't affect the 1% too much, but it does affect the working class. If OWS wants to maintain support from the rational thinking, generally silent majority, they should rethink tactics. Start protesting while performing community service...you know, the old honey/vinegar adage.

    November 3, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Rob

    While a poll is not scientific, even if it was, the data do not show a significant difference between October and now....in other words, this entire article is saying absolutely NOTHING

    November 3, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Micheal wrote:
    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.
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    That is not it all. If anything, it is the wealthy who want something and have others pay for it. If you look at the cost to the government for the average middle class American, it is far lower than that for the average wealthy individual.

    The wealthiest cost more to governments to provide services that you apparently take for granted. Many of the wealthiest live in exclusive areas served by utility services that cost more per individual than per individual in your average cul-de-sac. They live on roads that are far less traveled, and therefore more expensive to maintain because it supports far fewer individuals. They travel more; using transportation facilities more often (like airports and docks for cruise lines) and the infrastructure that goes into supporting those facilities and accessing them.

    And, the wealthy do all of these things often times paying a lower percentage of their income as taxes than the average middle class American living paycheck to paycheck. And, you think they should pay less in taxes? Do you know what life would be like for most of those wealthy individuals without a strong middle class? Do you realize that most of them climbed to their economic status on the backs of the middle class? Do you realize this is a democracy, and that the plurality of Americans have spoken, which puts your opinion in a disting minority?

    November 3, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Keith in Austin

    Has anyone considered that the genesis of the OWS movement coincided with Obama's class warfare rhetoric that he's been spewing for the last few months during his never-ending campaign tour? Our "Campaigner in Chief" has done more to divide the Country than ANY President in History and has fueled this unorganized Socialistic display! Despicable!

    November 3, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. JERSEYTOMATO

    There but for the grace of God go I. There is nothing worse to the ego of a good man or woman than the loss of a job or the lack of opportunity to get a job. It is disheartening to see comments from people who are working (and under the impression that they actually have something called job security) to put down the movement and label it as disgruntled college kids or imply the movement is comprised of losers. With no prospects of employment, hostilities rise and unforunately lead (for those who are prone to mob influence) to looting and violence. If the movement can steer away from these negative behaviors they will get increasing support, otherwise they will be seen as a bunch of rotten tomatoes. -JERSEY TOMATO 2012

    November 3, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Rob

    Lots of poor, misguided messages in the responses to this thread: 'koch brothers funded tea party movement' sounds a lot like 'soros funded OWS movement' and the whole message about the 1% rulers. The rich are just a symptom of sick, missing values that this country has become. These faceless bankers and corporate executives have become so selfish and greedy because these are the values this country now supports, and this is costing us the middle class in this country. The 'middle class' is not blameless here either. The greedy corporate managers will certainly fire American workers in favor of Indian or Chinese workers, but so will the middle class mom trample over more expensive US made goods in favor of a cheaper Chinese made product. Getting people more checks isn't the answer. We'll just end up like Greece. Fixing our values from the top down is the only way to fix this problem. Our gov't needs to punish excessive greed and the 'middle class' and working poor need to stop expecting a handout and go back to work. Too many in this country expect a check or an entitlement these days. Both sides need fixing.

    November 3, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. JIm

    I have been going to Zuccotti Park almost everyday since October 2. Sure there are homeless drug addicts, the mentally ill, and people looking for a free meal and a place to stay with clothing and a tent with medical services on site.

    But the majority of people that I am meeting are very well educated people and very well aware of how our government has moved away from the well being of the people it was elected to serve. Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses, College Professors, Union workers, recent college graduates are the majority of the people I have met everyday in my daily viisit to Zuccotti Park.

    The common theme I hear is that their is a huge income gap between the 1% who control 40% of the wealth, and that the bank bailouts and were unfair as the taxpayers funded them. Of course the unneccessary wars, health insurance or lack of it, fracking, Police brutality, and the concensus that our society has become a facist police state also are discussed and on protest signs.

    The people that go their are very peaceful. The only people I fear their are the police, who surround the perimeter of the park and contiunually harrass and antagonize the protesters. I thought police work was suppose to go to crime scenes, not provoke and cause the problems.

    I believe the police support OWS but cant express an opinion. If they dont do their job they will be in Zuccotti park protesting themselves. I also understand how they believe offense is the best defense.

    The bottom line. I have learned at 52(in a couiple of months) that this is not the country I was born in raised in. The 70's,80's and 90"s were free and happy times for our country. After 9/11 things have steadily gone down hill.

    America is a resilient country having survived other turbulent times including the civil war and great deprresion and many wars. It wiill survive and prosper and be great again. In how many years I dont know but it will happen.

    November 3, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. ST

    Everybody needs something to eat, somewhere to sleep, something to wear, some money to spend to various requirements. It is so sad to see in one nation with one same flag, some have more than they need and the majority have almost nothing!

    November 3, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  12. Brian

    Now that the protests have become violent and have created an atmosphere which will hurt any small business in those areas, most adults will lower their support of such actions.

    November 3, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  13. carmelle

    Get money out of politics, end all the luxury tax breaks, taxing the bankers their fair share make...what's not to support?

    November 3, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    I think OWS is a natural result of money controlling our politics. Citizens United meet United Citizens.

    November 3, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Gina

    Whatever approval the silent majority had for this movement is quickly eroding away. As violence, bullying and vandalism escalates, we support nothing. Time for officials to do their job. Send in the police and national guard to disband these bands of thugs. Enough is enough. I want my country back. OWS needs to go.

    November 3, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Brian

    It is sad to think that in a country with one of the highest obesity rates, that people actually believe so many don't have something to eat, a place to sleep and access to medical care. In fact, those who visit the ER without insurance are paid by those who have to maintain a job to pay a higher cost for their insurance and have made a choice to be responsible. The OWS seem to want the 1% to pay more, however when will OWS begin demanding that the bottom of income earners or the 50% start paying for the services that are used most often by them? What happened to "an honest days work for an honest days pay"? If you won't work, why do you expect something? If you spent years in college to earn a degree without researching the job market, is it our fault you can't find work? Many of the OWS seem to be angry about their situation, however they refuse to do anything. To consider moving to where the jobs are, to enter a new job field, to gain additional education or to work outside their educational training. The increased tax rates proposed by this administration are for the rich . . . . however when did a family making $250K become rich? Maybe $250K in Maine or Idaho is rich, however I expect that it is not in many cities across this country. I would almost support raising taxes on those making over $1 million, however once you start that, when does it stop? When will those elected officials change it to those making $75K or even lower? Just like freedom of speech, once you begin taking it away, when does it stop?

    November 3, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Fourleaf Tayback

    This poll was taken in early October. It is now early November. This movement has degraded over the month into a Circus of Freaks and criminals. Everyone looking at the continued coverage is aghast at what they see. What they see is the America that the Occupiers would prefer to live in...chaos and incivility..animalistic. Whatever the point was in the beginning...it will be remembered as a horrifying look at the fringe in America.

    November 3, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Big Jim wrote:
    After closing plants and outsourcing millions jobs, I cant understand why slower sales and profits would surprise Wall Street.
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    That's easy to explain. The pinnacle of capitalism is when you sell only one product. A product that doesn't require manufacturing plants to produce or workers to be paid to run those plants. That product is capital itself. Capital requires no labor, only ownership and control of it.

    November 3, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Snakeoil

    I would hardly call 36% a "good backing". If you took 100% of the 36% who say they support the movement to a location and let them see who is there – the numbers would drop. Also, what's not to like about the message "i want to take someone else's money and give it to you". We all want more. We are all greedy at heart. Some just have the ability to go get while others don't. Talent isn't spread evenly. Look how communisim has worked for Russia, China and Cuba.

    November 3, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Keeping it Real

    Even with all the press they have received, each passing day this "movement" shows more signs of just being a mob than anything else. No clear message, but only bent on causing the demise of businesses. Personally, I think they are shooting themselves in the foot. At the moment, there isn't a single thing about them that any sane person would support. For the liberals here; The Tea Party conducted themselves much better and were blasted for their very clear message. It's easy to see the double standard here. Although not surprising considering the influence of ACORN now running rampant through the occupy rabble.

    November 3, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Nathan

    All I am seeing in the news is a bunch of communists. How about a consolidated push for the separation of State and Corporation. These companies that are still in business are there because of the bail outs. give the money back. Better yet they should have given the money to the people instead. Think about what a boom in business that would have been. Exxon showing 40% profit but our gas is $4 a gallon. Maybe there should be some regulatory caps on commodities. Say,no more than 10% profit. These ideas will not get heard simply because I am only one. And if it is heard it is going to be commented on by someone that disagrees with me. This country is failing and there is nothing that we can do about it. Social media is feeding the opinions (that is like quoting wikipedia for a doctoral), elections are rigged (electoral college _HARUMPH) Everyone is in it for themselves. It is good that there is a group of people pulling together but they don't know where they are going or the path they are going down is not the desire to continue capitalism. They want to hit the Reset button and have everybody start over at the beginning. Sorry there is no equality. The only one that can control equality of the classes is the Government. What did our Government do? Gave Billions of dollars to large corporations (the rich) oh! and you people on the street complaining about it are the ones that voted them in. "hoping" that things would change. But Dem or Rep the bailout was going to happen McCain was as much on board with it as Obama. We should not have bailed out anyone. That is the fun of capitalism. Enjoy the weather. We will all be there soon.

    November 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. diridi

    I approve these folks....Greed needs to stop; banks, Oil, corporate thugs...

    November 3, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Marion

    Goodbye Obama wrote:

    "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,"

    Oh, well, I guess they only polled people in "blue states", huh?
    Why would you support it? If you support it, you might get canned by whomever you work for. Do you not realize you are LUCKY to have a job? This is not about people who have jobs vs people who don't. THIS IS ABOUT WHAT THE GREEDY BANKS AND WALL ST ENTITIES HAVE DONE TO THE ECONOMY OF THIS COUNTRY! THIS IS WHY SO MANY DON'T HAVE JOBS, IN A NUTSHELL. AND THEN OF COURSE, YOU HAVE CONGRESS AND THEIR INABILITY TO GET IT TURNED AROUND. But YOU have a job....so all is well with the world, huh?

    November 3, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. David

    I work 3 jobs & still barely make enough to survive. As a member of the 99%, I support the movement 100%. Those who claim this movement consists of folks who "want something for nothing" simply have no clue...

    November 3, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. Scott, Philadelphia, PA

    This is not a group of people that want something for nothing. They just want a social and economic system that provides some reasonable amount of fairness. They are fine with a meritocracy that awards creativity and hard work but what exists is just wrong. Money and extreme wealth has become a goal into and of itself and not for the good. Money makes money which makes money ad nauseum.

    November 3, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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