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.And that's why the movement is likely to get even crazier as, like petulant children, they act out to get the attention they so desperately crave. We'll see more examples of protesters tempting cops to pepper spray or otherwise thump them so they can have the next viral video on YouTube. But all those images will do is harden the opposition to the movement and prompt more cities to start cleaning up the human debris.
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.
Results are based on phone interviews Saturday and Sunday on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 996 adults, ages 18 or over, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, chosen using random-digit dial sampling.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The poll numbers aren't showing any rise in support for the dirty hippies of the #Occupy movement: