Occupy Wall Street: Do you support the protests?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-1110_ov_Occupy_Wall_Street_protesters_gather_in_the_park.jpgOCCUPY WALL STREET: Protesters fill a park in New York City. Public domain images courtesy Wikimedia Commons.What do you think of Occupy Wall Street—the loosely organized series of protests and demonstrations against Wall Street institutions, corporate greed, and economic inequality?

Are you sympathetic, opposed, uninterested or perhaps amused?

The first protests began mid-September, centered around Zuccotti Park in the heart of the financial district. Zuccotti Park, once called Liberty Plaza Park, was covered with debris when the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11. Seward Johnson’s sculpture “Double Check”—a lifelike businessman sitting in the park—was dented and covered with ash. Each day, the protesters are trying to expand their actions, even sparking sympathetic protests in some other cities. Wikipedia is building a day-by-day timeline.

If you have a favorable view of the protestors, you’re not alone but you are in the minority. About one-third (33%) of Americans have a favorable view, according to a poll taken earlier this week by Rasmussen Reports. About one in four (27%) hold an unfavorable view. About 40% don’t have an opinion about the protestors.

Despite lukewarm support for the protestors, a large majority of Americans agree with their basic premise: “Big Banks Got Bailed Out, We Got Left Behind.” Rasmussen Reports include this slogan as a question in its survey. They found that 79% agree with it.

Please, add a comment today and refer this week’s series to friends by email and Facebook. That 40 percent undecided response is a clear sign that millions of Americans still are forming opinions about this movement. This is one of those exceptional OurValues topics where your opinion is likely to sway other readers. So, please take a moment and tell us …

What do you think of the Occupy Wall Street movement?

Do you agree Big Banks got bailed out, but you left behind?

Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.

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