Americans Mostly Ambivalent About Occupy Protests

A new Gallup poll suggests that the Occupy movement hasn’t really caught the attention of the American public all that much:

A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the “Occupy” movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.

The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don’t know enough to have an opinion about the movement’s goals.

The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.

This is somewhat different from the PPP poll results I noted last week, although it’s worth noting that PPP was polling voters, while Gallup is polling adults. Nonetheless, this would seem to indicate that movement isn’t having the impact with the public at large that its participants and proponents would like to think that it is.

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Doug Mataconis
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Ben Wolf says:

    Again a poll conducted by telephone, which skews heavily towards older Americans who obtain their news from the government/corporate media complex. In other words we’re getting poll results from people who tend to know only about things the oligarchy wants them to know.

  2. Ben Wolf says:

    An NIH study on who still uses landline phones, and it’s from 2008.

  3. Gallup’s phone survey integrates landlines and cell phones

  4. Ben Wolf says:

    @Doug Mataconis: You’re right. They changed their methodology to include a mix of landlines and cell phones. Scratch my earlier objection.

  5. spike59 says:

    ‘the oligarchy?”…..Comrade, puh-leeze…,at least ATTEMPT to get real

  6. Delmar says:

    The photograph shown with the article speaks volumes about exactly why middle class, the “099%” do not connect or sympathize with this movement. Wearing Halloween costumes and sitting down on a sidewalk or blocking the streets do not help the unemployed, the retired people, women and children who are victims of horrible violence, doesn’t do anything about the outrageous gas prices, or the moral depravity of the this country. These people could help organize or work with existing organizations to help communities in many ways: adult literacy, child tutoring, soup kitchens, Habitat, community clean ups, and crime patrols to name a few ways that they could get involved and really do something for people.

  7. WR says:

    @Delmar: Yes. Exactly. Shut up, don’t do anything to change the corrupt system, just find some soup kitchen to volunteer at. Help 30 or 40 people who are starving wihle doing nothing about the thieves who have looted the country and thrown tens of millions into poverty.

    You’ve got a keen political sense there, Delmar.

  8. Ben Wolf says:

    @spike59: Do you have an argument? Or are you just another in-and-out commentor?

  9. @Doug Mataconis:

    Gallup’s phone survey integrates landlines and cell phones

    I’ve been called twice by Gallup on my cellphone, both times resulted in me chewing out the polltaker and then hanging up on them because I was enraged they expected me to waste my minutes so some big corporation could make money selling poll results.

  10. john personna says:

    Well again, every “I’m ignoring OWS” story is self-negating.

  11. A voice from another precinct says:

    @john personna: Good Point! Doug, are you listening? Of course not!

  12. Muffler says:

    The OWS and the connected people scares the h#ll out of them. They can’t control the message or own the analysis. The pundits can’t beat the Internet and there are too many paths to the avid news reader who can do their own analysis. This is why congress is trying to pass SOPA and other measures to reign in the channels of information. All this freedom of the press and speech is a problem for them.

    I don’t know if anyone else has noticed how ridiculous most of the pundits/new people sound when you have already read 5 direct source reports, seen 3 actual on scene witness videos, read 100 comments from 10 sites.

    No wonder they want to make all this illegal… it prevents them from filtering the news.