A new survey released by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic firm, shows the following:
The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country. Only 33 percent now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45 percent who say they oppose them. That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction for the movement’s support compared to a month ago when 35 percent of voters said they supported it and 36 percent were opposed. Most notably, independents have gone from supporting Occupy Wall Street’s goals 39/34, to opposing them 34/42.
As for the Tea Party, 42 percent say they support its goals (45 percent say they oppose). And when asked whether they have a higher opinion of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movement, the Tea Party wins out 43-37, representing a flip from last month when Occupy Wall Street won out 40-37 on that question. Again the movement with independents is notable- from preferring Occupy Wall Street 43-34, to siding with the Tea Party 44-40.
None of this is surprising, and the hemorrhage is bound to continue. Despite the extraordinary media double standard when it comes to the Tea Party v. Occupy Wall Street (and its progeny), the essential nature of OWS – it’s violence, lawlessness, nihilism, anti-Semitism, and overall filth — is emerging. This is a movement the Democratic Party, starting with the president, has embraced, championed, and supported. Why the GOP has not done more to point this out – why it has not done more to draw attention to the Democratic Party’s strong support for such an ugly uprising – is a mystery to me.
There is a historic precedent to which one can look. We know, for example, the damage the Democratic Party’s embrace of transgressive social movements/the counterculture did in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This remains, even to this day, a liberal fault-line. If conservative lawmakers and political leaders were wise, they would do much more than they have to expose this movement that represents, in fundamental ways, the heart and soul of modern liberalism and the Democratic Party under Barack Obama.