A new CNN poll shows that while many Americans are unsure what to think of Occupy Wall Street, support for the movement is inching up:
Thirty-six percent say they agree with the overall positions of Occupy Wall Street, while 19 percent say they disagree. That reflects an increase in support since early October, when 27 percent of those polled said they agreed with Occupy Wall Street’s position.
Overall, a plurality of people surveyed said they weren’t sure if they agreed or disagreed with the movement’s position. Of those polled, 44 percent said they weren’t sure, compared to 54 percent who said they weren’t sure at the beginning of October.
Perhaps these Americans would feel differently if they saw results of the survey of OWS activists conducted by Democratic pollster Doug Schoen. After conducting extensive interviews with OWS protesters, he found that “the movement doesn’t represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse…. What binds a large majority of the protesters together … is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth.”
Moreover, Schoen found, “nearly one-third (31 percent) would support violence to advance their agenda.” And not just in theory. Many have acted on this impulse.
Here is an interactive map detailing violence at OWS protests across the country, prepared by Wisconsin’s MacIver Institute.
Would love to see a comparable map showing violence at Tea Party protests. I suspect it would be a very short list.