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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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Ike

    This isn't grassroots when it is being organized by people outside of the fray and these people are being bussed to and fro and these people are being told what to do and these people are pulling in money and demanding money. This is called extortion in many circles. The irony is that these people complaining about the job situations are disrupting business that would probably hire them, keeping others from getting to thier job and want to blame others for thier own predicament. So they went to school and got a loan, that doesn't gaurantee them a job in whatever they want to do. I know many people that got out of school and went to work in another field for lower pay. It happens. I did this very thing and then I worked my way up. Sam Walton, J.C.Penny, etc. all started out at the lowest spot and with determination worked thier way up. Get out of the way of others and join the workforce.

    November 3, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Smalltowner

    People are fed up with wall street ...Kings and Queens...and corporate greed...and thats just the way it is.

    November 3, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. silverfox

    If anyone thinks there are OWS protests now, just wait until the end of the year when Wall Street traders, investment bankers and corporate executives start getting those multimillion dollar bonuses. Judging by the current stock market and business profits, this year will probably see record numbers and amounts of bonuses ever paid out. Meanwhile several millions of former hard working loyal middle class Americans will be praying that Congress acts to create more jobs or at a minimum keep extending unemployment benefits.

    November 3, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    FourLeaf Tayback wrote:
    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.
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    The American people are disturbed by the pictures and images being played by the media. Your version is the one shared by the 1%, looking at it from the top down. 99% of Americans are looking at the images and realizing, "That could be me out there if I should lose my job."

    I hope that one day you will see the point of the protests, but I am not holding out hope for you. What you refer to as "the fringe" is really a matter of perspective. While the middle class may be on "the fringe" of your economic status, or even beneath it, "the fringe" you see in the images are representative of most Americans worst fears. Fears that they have denied themselves the courage to face.

    I hope one day you will have the courage to face it, to look reality in the face and accept responsiblity for what political power by the wealthy have done to this country's economic future and social structure.

    November 3, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Marion

    Snakeoil wrote:
    Also, what's not to like about the message "i want to take someone else's money and give it to you".

    Where in any of these cities did you hear someone say that that is their "message"? you are interpreting their "message" yourself, in your own mind, and out of your own mouth. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK.....AND YOU BLAME THAT ON "LAZY PEOPLE"? The ones who have jobs are just plain lucky they haven't lost them YET. The ones out of work are not "lazy" "liberals".....they are just plain out of work and cant find a job because there are NO JOBS TO BE HAD! So, the "natural reaction" to those who "support the movement vs those who don't" can be boiled down to those who found new employment, or kept their employment throughout all this, vs those who got laid off and CAN'T FIND JOBS!!! THIS IS NOT LIBERAL VS CONSERVATIVE. WE ARE ALL EFFECTED.

    November 3, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Next step, as we near another attempt by the GOP/Teatrolsl/plutocrats to threaten a gov't shutdown by tacking on blatantly partisan nonsense like repeal of the ACA and obliteration of environmental regulations to the next budgetary bills: SHUT DOWN THE COUNTRY.

    Two can play at that game. As your oh-so-beneficent "job creator" Masters of the Universe employers keep funding the GOP/Teatroll corporate backed effort to create a third-world labor supply out of us, redistributing all wealth, assets and income to the tiny fraction of the population they wish to install as our plutocratic oligarchical overlords, just refuse to work. Stand up, sit down AND REFUSE TO WORK...ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. See how they like it.

    NO QUARTER.

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

    I have a job and I support OWS. I am a cynic, so I do not really think it will make a difference, but at least they are trying to do something. This movement is far more genuine than the Tea Party movement was.

    It is kind of ironic, actually - the conservatives lauded the Tea Party, saying it represented people who were trying to make a difference. They admired the members who, apparently without regular jobs, went from rally to rally complaining about the state of politics in this country.

    Now it seems the conservatives no longer admire people doing that. They hurl insults on web boards, calling the OWS members lazy, socialist, greedy - and far worse. Apparently, conservatives only believe in the rights of free speech and assembly when they like the message.

    November 3, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. D F Lefty

    When Texas introduced its lottery, I figured out that 10 million dollars would satisfy the financial requirements of every dream I had, including leaving plenty behind for generations to come. The disconnect is that the 1 percenters can never have enough. I see the good works of Gates and Buffet and I don't see why these others cannot follow suit. If our country is founded on the Christian ethos, then the greedy are unAmerican.

    November 3, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Ray E. (Georgia)

    So what else is new. I have always said that Ignorance Abounds thruout the land. And this Protest Fiasco dosen'r disappoint me. "Intellegence" arrived right on Cue. I hear that teaching History is severly wanting in our Priimary Schools lately. Thr Revolution happened around 1776. It is over! Now you have to get off your posterior and get to work. You have no excuses. Don't expect somebody elas to wait on you hand and foot. It's up to you. As the old saying goes, PEOPLE IN HELL WANT ICE WATER. Do you think they will get it???

    November 3, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. SciFiChickie

    I don't know how anyone could have read the article from yesterday "Boeing's luxury offices in the sky", and NOT support OWS... I give you the 1st paragraph... "Donald Trump seems to have hit hard times. The unfortunate fellow has been forced to buy a second-hand 757 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen for a paltry $100 million - though he did then coat every metal surface in gold."

    November 3, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. pat carr

    Although i';m against rioting or violence, I have to ask those who say this movement isn't going to work, then what is? The farce that is the "Tea Party"?

    November 3, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. pat carr

    "Now it seems the conservatives no longer admire people doing that. They hurl insults on web boards, calling the OWS members lazy, socialist, greedy – and far worse. Apparently, conservatives only believe in the rights of free speech and assembly when they like the message."

    That is about the most correct statement on here. What about all those people hanging out at the Tea PArty Rallies? Where was all the comments about how lazy they were then? Away from their jobs?

    November 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Lover, New york

    All I see is a bunch of people crying because they can't get what they want. And just like a brat kid, they are breaking things now. It's as simple as that. If you disagree with the direction of this country, there has to be more civil and intelligent ways to get your opinion across.

    November 3, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. pat carr

    "The American people are disturbed by the pictures and images being played by the media. Your version is the one shared by the 1%, looking at it from the top down. 99% of Americans are looking at the images and realizing, "That could be me out there if I should lose my job.""

    That's correct! Shame on any one of you here lucky enough to have a job and sitting here and looking down on others, especially those out of work. There are hundreds of applicants to jobs, and people are really struggling. Stop being so selfish and self-absorbed.

    November 3, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Sniffit

    This milquetoast superficial anti-OWS spin-reporting brought to you by the letter $ and your friends at Capital One, who are doing the backdrop advertising on the main page. Advertising, the new arbiter of truth, justice and the American way(ward).

    November 3, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Smalltowner

    When I see people lying on the ground wrapped in blankets in the freezing cold for something they believe in...a picture is worth a thousand words. Some of those peoples ancestors did the same thing at Valley Forge.

    November 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Although i';m against rioting or violence, I have to ask those who say this movement isn't going to work, then what is? The farce that is the "Tea Party"?"

    What is? SHUT DOWN THE COUNTRY. They get to play games paying politicians to threaten shutting down the government. Well, let's show them where the buck stops.

    November 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. pat carr

    "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!"

    Blah Blah Blah......Ok, now try doing that at this moment in time. Then see how far you get!!!

    November 3, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "All I see is a bunch of people crying because they can't get what they want. "

    Right, because everyone knows the only appropriate response to not getting what you want from the gov't and economy is to PURCHASE the politicians who can then institutionalize your desires.

    November 3, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. Scott S.

    These occupy movements are the only way the 99% can influence anybody. We don't have the money or the power to make our voices heard, so the next best thing we can do is get right up under their noses.

    November 3, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Mark Bernadiner

    Liberal media and pollsters publish fraudulent poll data based on opinion of couple thousand people. The result of this "scientific" poll they allocate to entire American population of 300,000,000. This is obvious fraud designed to full American public.

    OWS is a gang of Nazi and SS style bandits who are looking for free money on the expenses of working Americans. As consequences of OWS activity, people losing jobs, companies losing money. OWS must be accountable for these and compensate those companies and people for loses, as well as state unemployment agencies for extra expenses.

    November 3, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  22. EatRunDive

    Maybe if we quit electing millionaires, and quit watching millionaires deliver "news" to us, we could actually address the severity of our situation. If there is an emergency then pass a bill to raise taxes for 3 years. But all the behavior we see in DC indicates that congress is pretending the deficit is important.

    November 3, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. RillyKewl

    Naturally people are going to support the cause. Everyone was hurt by the financial crash in '08. Many are still in upside down mortgages through banks that weren't even their original lenders. People were offended at the very notion of credit default swaps and collateralized debt obligations. Everyone knows someone whose lost their job and can't find work. People have had to completely upend their careers. Who hasn't lost money in 401k's?
    The income gap has all sorts of people questioning the status quo.

    I can't afford to buy politicians.
    Why should bankers + insurers?

    November 3, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    The blatant Fakes News lies people are spreading here has me convinced at least some of them must be paid to post such obvious misinformation. That tells us OWS has hit a nerve with the 1%ers.

    Credit to those patient ones here who point out the truth: Money has corrupted our country and our political system. Our current version of corrupt crony capitalism damages families. Therefore, it is the exact opposite of "family values" and harms our country. OWS does have a goal and it is to reduce the harms caused not by capitalism itself, but by the dirty version forced upon our country by the 1%ers.

    November 3, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Reminds me of Seattle & WTO.
    Alot of these people are there for the scene not the cause.
    Protesters are angrey that the "homeless" are stealing.
    I support reform – I don't support the police being made out to be the bad people.
    The 97% – the REAL PEOPLE THAT WORK & pay taxes & entitlements will have to pay for the destruction to private & public property the demonstrators have caused.

    November 3, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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