51.5% of Those Aware Support Occupy Wall Street; Fewer Support the Group’s Unofficial Demands, According to Latest American Pulse™ Survey

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6,043 respondents participated in the 1st October American Pulse conducted 10/10-10/12/2011. The latest results show that Americans have mixed feelings about the Occupy Wall Street protests. Many of those aware say they somewhat or completely support the group, but very few are likely to join the movement. Also, the majority does not agree with most of the unofficial demands of Occupy Wall Street. Further, Americans are more upset with Congress than Corporate America.

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More Citizens are Mad at Congress than at Corporate America.

Just over half of Americans (53.2%) are aware of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and other major cities, according to the latest [American Pulse™ Survey of 6,043 respondents. 51.5% of those familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement say they somewhat or completely support the protest. However, only 1 in 5 (19.8%) of those familiar say they are somewhat or very likely to join the movement. Among all Adults 18+, only 12.5% say they are likely to join while 26.5% would need more information about what the group stands for.

While half of those aware of Occupy Wall Street support the group in general, a majority of Americans don’t agree with several of the unofficial demands infiltrating the Internet. Most Adults 18+ (64.7%) do agree with equal rights for all races and genders, while just under half (44.3%) would support a universal healthcare system. However, other unofficial requests are only supported by a minority:

Somewhat/Strongly Agree with Unofficial Demands of Occupy Wall Street: (Adults 18+)
Racial and gender equal rights amendment: 64.7%
Universal healthcare system: 44.3%
Forgive college loan debt: 38.2%
Guaranteed wage, regardless of employment: 36.9%
Outlaw credit reporting agencies: 34.0%
Debt forgiveness for all: 31.8%
Spending $1 trillion on infrastructure: 27.5%
Open borders migration: 12.5%

Source: American Pulse™ Survey, October-2011

About a third of Americans agree with forgiving debt, especially college loan debt, and 36.9% think a guaranteed wage (even for those out of work) sounds appealing. However, out of these unofficial demands, opening up U.S. borders to anyone is not likely to gain majority support.

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While the Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting Corporate America, American citizens are most mad at Congress: 74.5% admit they are mad at the House and Senate. Fewer (57.1%) say they are mad at Corporate America, and at 52.6%, President Obama isn’t far behind.

Other Key Findings among Americans:

  •     Compared to four years ago, over half (56.8%) say they are worse off. 26.5% feel the same while fewer than 1 in 5 (16.7%) is better off. Further, the majority (85.7%) doesn’t think the economy has stabilized in the past four years.
  •     86.0% think requiring a government-issued photo ID at polling sites is a good way to reduce voter fraud while 14.0% think it is an infringement on Americans’ right to privacy. 95.1% say they have such an ID, and most (64.4%) don’t think new voting laws requiring IDs would discourage eligible voters.
  •     Only 3 in 10 (30.0%) are aware of the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal. However, 8 in 10 (80.1%) don’t think giving guns to drug cartels in order to track them is a good idea.
  •     Most (55.9%) would not support a “fat tax” like Denmark’s that would place higher taxes on foods with a substantial amount of saturated fat. The majority (58.6%) say a tax like this infringes on freedom of choice and personal preferences, but nearly half (49.7%) say it would encourage healthier food choices.

American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI’s U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 6,043 respondents participated in the 1st October American Pulse conducted 10/10-10/12/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.3%. http://www.biginsight.com

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Chrissy Wissinger                     
Randi Honkonen                            

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