Poll: 56 percent in U.S. ambivalent towards ‘Occupy Wall Street’

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, November 21, 2011 18:14 EDT
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The majority of Americans are ambivalent towards the ongoing “Occupy Wall Street” protests and are also uncertain about their goals, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they neither support nor oppose the two-month-old movement and 59 percent said they didn’t know enough to form an opinion about its goals.

As corporations enjoyed near record profits and Americans faced staggering unemployment, the protesters pledged to occupy Wall Street in lower Manhattanin until something was done about the influence of the wealthy on American politics. The protest slowly spread to other cities across the United States.

Supporters of the goals of “Occupy Wall Street” outnumbered its opponents, according to the survey.

Twenty-five percent of Americans approved of the goals of the movement, up three points from October, and 16 percent disapproved. Democrats were significantly more likely than Republicans to approve of its goals, but a large portion of Democrats had no opinion.

But when it came to the actual demonstrations themselves, the amount of people disagreeing with how the protests were being conducted jumped from 20 percent in October to 31 percent in November.

The Gallup poll was conducted November 19-20 and surveyed 996 adults.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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