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October 13, 2011

"Occupy Wall Street" Twice as Popular as "Tea Party"

The latest Time poll finds the Occupy Wall Street movement has a 54% favorable rating. In contrast, the Tea Party's favorable rating is just 27%.

Greg Sargent: "In fairness, the Tea Party has been in existence since before the 2010 elections, and even has had a seat at the governing table during the debt ceiling and government shutdown debacles, which clearly took their toll on the Tea Party's image. Occupy Wall Street is just getting started. But it does seem clear that a confluence of events -- the protests, Obama's jobs push, Elizabeth Warren's Senate candidacy, and the national backlash from the right all these things have provoked -- are pushing populist issues such as fair taxation and income inequality to the forefront of the national conversation."

Jon Meacham: "The Occupy Wall Street protests at last suggest that America's wealth gap is once again becoming an organizing political principle in the country. Mobs rarely have good answers to problems, and there is no doubt much to be skeptical about in the crowds making all the noise. But the noise they're making deserves a place in the broad arena of contending forces."


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