OWS popularity fades
As PPP notes, this doesn't necessarily mean that people aren't upset about wealth inequality. Obama and the Democrats have done an excellent job in demonizing the rich. But the OWS movement, with its radicals, crazies, anarchists, and communists, has been exposed and the American people don't much like what they're seeing:
The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country. Only 33% now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45% who say they oppose them. That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction for the movement's support compared to a month ago when 35% of voters said they supported it and 36% were opposed. Most notably independents have gone from supporting Occupy Wall Street's goals 39/34, to opposing them 34/42.
Voters don't care for the Tea Party either, with 42% saying they support its goals to 45% opposed. But asked whether they have a higher opinion of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement the Tea Party wins out 43-37, representing a flip from last month when Occupy Wall Street won out 40-37 on that question. Again the movement with independents is notable- from preferring Occupy Wall Street 43-34, to siding with the Tea Party 44-40.
I don't think the bad poll numbers for Occupy Wall Street reflect Americans being unconcerned with wealth inequality. Polling we did in some key swing states earlier this year found overwhelming support for raising taxes on people who make over $150,000 a year. In late September we found that 73% of voters supported the 'Buffett rule' with only 16% opposed. And in October we found that Senators resistant to raising taxes on those who make more than a million dollars a year could pay a price at the polls. I don't think any of that has changed- what the downturn in Occupy Wall Street's image suggests is that voters are seeing the movement as more about the 'Occupy' than the 'Wall Street.' The controversy over the protests is starting to drown out the actual message.
With all the evictions around the country, the core protestors that will be left will be the most violent, the most radical. They will almost certainly cause trouble for police which will only drive those numbers down further.
This is the movement embraced by a president of the United States. Obama should suffer politically for this but, in case you haven't noticed, his kind words are already down the memory hole, disappearing like all things that would put Obama in a bad light.