Occupy Wall Street: Opinions split. How about you?

https://readthespirit.com/ourvalues/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/03/wpid-1113_Occupy_Boston_ourvalues.jpgThe Occupy Boston camp in Dewey Square, Boston MA. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.How do you feel about the protestors today as their movement expands across the U.S.? Wall Street protests have spread to over 70 cities, so far. The movement draws fire and acclaim from presidential hopefuls and the current administration.

Today: How do you feel about the protestors? How authentic do you think the protest is?

About one third (36%) of Americans hold a favorable opinion of the protestors, according to a poll conducted yesterday and the day before by Rasmussen Reports. Forty-one percent hold an unfavorable opinion. Republican are much less favorable than Democrats. This divide can be expected to grow, Rasmussen notes, as Democratic politicians encourage the protests while Republicans disparage them. As we discussed this week, Republican presidential hopefuls are highly critical.

Whatever you think of the protests, do you think they are authentic? Do the protestors have legitimate concerns, or are they the hapless minions of special interest groups and unions? About 43% believe the protestors are expressing authentic concerns, the poll finds. Just less than that (38%) “believe they are phony efforts drummed up by special interest groups and unions.”

Do you support or oppose the protests?

Do you think the protestors are authentic?

Do you think they are victims of special interest groups?

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

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