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    Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    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.

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    , 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 PresidentObama 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).
    Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably - 2012 Decoded

    Does this mean the revolution will be called off?

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by toomuchtime_ View Post
    Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably - 2012 Decoded

    Does this mean the revolution will be called off?
    Still higher favorability ratings than the Tea Party or Congress, though...

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Still higher favorability ratings than the Tea Party or Congress, though...
    I was actually expecting a drop in response to the negativity campaigns.

    I expect there to be a bounce back once more people realize how much of it is hype.

    I also expect some evidence of paid anti ows instigators and police taking problem homeless to occupations.

    The smell of rat is pretty strong, and even conservatives don't care much for rats.
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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Still higher favorability ratings than the Tea Party or Congress, though...
    people like nice soft turds when they poop... they like the runny stuff less.... squirts are at the bottom of the list.

    at the end of the day, it's still sh*t.

    get my drift?

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by toomuchtime_ View Post
    Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably - 2012 Decoded

    Does this mean the revolution will be called off?
    And how does this bode for the "many" going off on the "few" that some want to see.....

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Thank the "Tea Party!" What about the 30% that forgot it was a poll?!
    with an additional 30 percent not hearing enough to have an opinion.
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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    I was actually expecting a drop in response to the negativity campaigns.

    I expect there to be a bounce back once more people realize how much of it is hype.
    I sincerely doubt it. there will be more riots, and the longer they destroy business in the cities they inhabit the more they wear out any tolerance or welcome. smashing storefronts, spraypainting everything, shutting down economic activity, destroying jobs; these are not the things likely to engender you to the American people. Nor are the OWSers likely to have the maturity to make a conscious decision to tone it down, scale it back, expel their troublemakers.

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    My observations...

    First of all, what the heck is Quinnipiac university and why should I care about their poll?

    Secondly... even if true, of course people view it unfavorably. The media has been working overtime to discredit it and quell potential civil unrest. A good 90% of stories I have read in the media about OWS have a negative spin to them, even the stories reporting the business-as-usual happenings. It started after they tried blocking the Brooklyn Bridge, but even before that it was being discredited.

    It has to do with the fact that the protest itself is partially focused on debunking the mass media in this country, and how it is a tool of the corporate state, as well as government plutocracy. Not to mention, the media is a tool of the corporate state and government plutocracy, so do you think the media is going to turn around and give these people any favorable stories, now that their company names are being dragged through the mud? No way.

    Our country is brainwashed by the media. We never get the full story, or we get spin. Anything to up the ratings, even if it's maximum hyperbole like focusing on what one or two protesters are doing wrong and turning it into an exposť.

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Quote Originally Posted by FilmFestGuy View Post
    Still higher favorability ratings than the Tea Party or Congress, though...
    It's still early. Give it time. The numbers will continue the downward trend.

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    Re: Poll: Voters Viewing Occupy Wall St. Unfavorably

    Anyone who studies polling knows that how you frame a particular question or issue can play a major role in the numbers you get back. If you get beyond the issue of the actual demonstrators involved in OWS and get to the issues that are behind the anger, the American public does indeed support those issues. Major issues like the growing inequity of income distribution, Wall Street greed and the methods used to fuel it, and the growing gap between rich and poor have wide support among the American people.

    Poll: U.S. wealth gap unfair - MJ Lee - POLITICO.com

    Nearly two out of three Americans believe that wealth is unfairly distributed in the country, a new poll shows.

    Sixty-six percent of people said money should be more evenly distributed in America, while just 26 percent said the current income distribution is fair. Seven out of 10 Americans believe the policies of Congressional Republicans favor the wealthy, according to a CBS/New York Times poll.
    I suspect that some Americans have allowed themselves to be led by the nose by the drumbeaters of the far right who want to demonize the OWS participants and paint them as anarchists pooping and peeing all over America and in bad need of a bath. Others look deeper than that stupidity and see real issues that need to be addressed.
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