Support for Occupy Wall Street falls
While Occupy Wall Street enjoyed a brief moment of decent polling, their increasingly violent and hostile protests has started to turn public opinion against them, according to a new survey from Quinnipiac:
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.
The poll, 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.
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).
Over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey notes that the sample size heavily skews towards Democrats, so it’s likely that the unfavorable number is even more underwater. And Philip Klein points out that lower income Americans, the folks that Occupy Wall Street claims to represent, are the least aware and least favorable of all income groups.
Occupy Wall Street may have struck a nerve with its opposition of the bailouts — though they’re a little late since that happened three years ago. But as they become more about creating havoc, costing taxpayers money, and protesting businesses that are not part of the elitists they so despise, their numbers will continue to fall…assuming the media pays attention.