We’ve noted here over the last few weeks that the Occupy Wall Street movement and its ancillary groups in other major cities had been quickly waning in popularity. The latest survey from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, only drives home that point:
The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country. Only 33% now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45% who say they oppose them. That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction for the movement’s support compared to a month ago when 35% of voters said they supported it and 36% were opposed. Most notably independents have gone from supporting Occupy Wall Street’s goals 39/34, to opposing them 34/42.
Voters don’t care for the Tea Party either, with 42% saying they support its goals to 45% opposed. But asked whether they have a higher opinion of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement the Tea Party wins out 43-37, representing a flip from last month when Occupy Wall Street won out 40-37 on that question. Again the movement with independents is notable- from preferring Occupy Wall Street 43-34, to siding with the Tea Party 44-40.
Last weekend in Denver, I watched as protesters blocked off a street, claiming ownership of it and refusing to let traffic pass — that is before police pushed them back. Acts of civil disobedience or even violence may seem like justifiable means to these so-called “Occupiers,” but Americans don’t smile on that.
The more people become familiar with Occupy Wall Street, the less inclined they are to join or associate themselves with them. It’s become a cult of hipsters, everything from the creepy “People’s Mic” to camping out in public parks; which, as Doug Mataconis recently noted, not a protected First Amendment right. It’s just too weird for most people.