American Public Supports Protests

Posted on October 14, 2011 by

A Time Magazine Poll finds 54 percent of adult Americans are very or somewhat favorable toward the Wall Street protests around the country while 23 percent are very or somewhat unfavorable. 

More numbers from the October 9 – 10 poll: 

  • 86 % agree that Wall Street and its lobbyists have too much influence in Washington 
  • 79 % agree that the gap between rich and poor in the United States has grown too large 
  • 71 % agree that executives of financial institutions responsible for the financial meltdown in 2008 should be prosecuted
  • 68 % agree that the rich should pay more taxes


Fifty-six percent believe that the protests will have “little impact” on American politics.


Though most Americans are with us on the core issues, we have work to do convincing the public that we can make a difference in their lives.

Comments (5)


  1. carlos barnett says:

    We must continue to help & support those protesters on Wall Street. This simple act of courage by the mass if contniued will send the message. We had enough. But like any other campaingn it will need to be accelerated with other events and actions. I also have found in my experience that it’s not just one thing that works but a continued set of actions that forces democracy.

  2. John Connolly says:

    This just in from Labor Notes Troublemakers Dispatch Online:
    More than 1,000 unionists and others rallied to the defense of the NYC Occupy Wall Streeters at 7am this morning fending off the threatened eviction from the park where OWL/NY has been centered. The cops and mayor Bloomberg thought twice, blinked, and backed off.
    Go OWLs! Smash State!

    J. Connolly

  3. Gavin Koon says:

    Given the satastics, I think the protests are better than having none at all. Loud voices to carry the facts is needed. This a more sane rational argument than the Tea Party’s just cut taxes, cut government, and regulation.
    We are in this mess due to the last administration or two poor decisions to cut regulation and oversight on wall street and gave tax breaks to the wealthest of Americans.

  4. I think you are significantly right, Lou, with a minor caveat; the Labor Movement is mostly with most people. The obvious difference is a) the Labor movement did not create the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and b) much of the Labor movement, particularly some leadership, has not been addressing itself to the set of “macro issues” such as distribution of wealth, to say nothing about that little $2 Billion a week issue, U.S. wars. The only way The Macro issue, distribution of wealth, will move in a progressive direction is when the Labor people and a critical mass of non-Labor Progressive people come together, and that is what we are now witnessing. -Rick

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