In Reversal, More Americans Oppose Occupy Wall Street Than Support It

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A new poll from Quinnipiac University finds that more Americans view the Occupy Wall Street protests unfavorably than positively.Just 30 per cent of Americans have a favourable view of the protests, while 39 per cent do not. Among independent voters, the spread is 29-42 against — a warning sign for Democrats who are trying to bring the movement into the mainstream.

Last month, a CNN poll found that 32 per cent of Americans supported the movement, while 29 per cent viewed it unfavorably.

Support for the Occupy Wall Street movement appears to fall along one cultural line — college graduates have positive views of the movement almost as much as they have negative views, by a 38-42 margin. Among those without a college degree, 26 per cent support the movement, while 37 per cent oppose.

Support for the tea party movement is at a nearly identical 31 per cent — though 45 per cent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the movement.

Those without college degrees are less likely to hold unfavorable views of the tea party (39 per cent unfavorable) than college graduates (57 per cent).

Read the full poll results here >

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