About half of Americans have a favourable opinion of the Occupy Wall Street protests, making the movement about twice as popular as the Tea Party, according to a Time magazine poll released today.In the poll, 54% of respondents rated the Wall Street protests positively, with 25% saying they had a “very favourable” opinion of them.
In contrast, only 27% of respondents viewed the Tea Party favourably. 30-three per cent of respondents expressed an unfavorable opinion — including 24% who said they had a “very unfavorable” opinion of the Tea Party.
Though the Occupy movement is only one month old, the early polling suggests it is striking a chord with average Americans. Earlier this week, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that 37% of adults “tend to support” the Occupy movement, with 18% saying they “tend to oppose” them.
To be fair, the Tea Party was, in its early days, far more popular than it is now. A December 2009 NBC/WSJ poll found 41% of Americans felt positively about the nascent Tea Party movement, while 23% held a negative opinion of it.
The Time survey interviewed 1,001 adults between October 9-10.
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