Fifty-four percent reported a "favorable" or "somewhat favorable" view of the month-long movement to fight crony capitalism and economic injustice. Over the weekend, OWS events occured in 719 cities in 71 countries.
Conversely, 65 percent said the Tea Party had a negative impact on American politics or no impact at all. On a related note, a majority of respondants said they believe Wall Street has too much influence in Washington.
Some are saying this is reason for Democrats to get behind the movement. The Washington Post reports that President Obama plans to try turning public anger against Wall Street against his most prominent rival right now, Mitt Romney.
Yesterday, Connecticut's own Quinnipiac Poll chimed in. It found that most New Yorkers support the Occupation Movement. As long as they follow the rules, 72 percent of respondants said protesters should be allowed to protest.
Talking Points Memo points out a salient feature of the survey. The less a respondant makes per year, the more likely he or she was to say the protests should stop. Only 16 percent of those earning more than $100,000 said the same, while 34 percent of those making less than $30,000 concurred.
Perhaps, as the movement searches for specific policy goals, it might take a cue from the polls. In both, respondants said that the rich don't pay their fair share. In the Time poll, 68 percent agreed. In the Q Poll, 61 percent agreed.
And that's not limited to these polls.
Tax the rich. Now that's a policy slogan if I ever heard one.