Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Public Reacts (Or Not) to the Occupation

USA Today reports on the latest survey about the Occupy Wall Street movement, which shows that our patience (assuming that many of us had any to start with) with the self-indulgent clueless is wearing thinner still.
The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed are neither supporters nor opponents and 59% say they don't know enough to have an opinion about the movement's goals.
The survey, however, does show an increase from 20% to 31% in disapproval of the way the protests are being conducted.
This shows that the public is still well within the annoyance phase (which brings to my mind one of Bill Murray's better shticks), though drifting steadily into a darker mood.  This contends with the mood of the public during the Viet Nam war protests, which I believe actually prolonged the war because of the backlash against the riots.

The OWS crowd is still waiting for their Kent State moment to galvanise the movement.

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