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unionworks Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 11:13 AM
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Poll Shows Pa. Voters Would Support OWS Canidates
Poll: Voters less sweet on tea party; Occupy gains support
November 03, 2011|BY CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973


SUPPORT for the tea party has cooled while Occupy Wall Street is showing an early burst of popularity in Pennsylvania, a Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll released today shows.

An overwhelming majority, 82 percent, of the 525 Pennsylvanians polled last week have seen some type of news coverage about Occupy Wall Street, which started in a Manhattan park on Sept. 17 and spread to City Hall's Dilworth Plaza on Oct. 6.

The movement, which has unclear goals but hits on broad themes about reforms in banking regulation, student-loan debt, home foreclosures, employment and other economic concerns, is quickly gaining support.

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Of those polled, 49 percent said they support the protests, 37 percent oppose them and 14 percent said they had no opinion.

The poll also showed that a candidate for public office could find support aligning with the protesters - 57 percent said they would vote for such a candidate, 33 percent said they would not and 10 percent said they were unsure.

"What surprised me was the amount of support," said poll director G. Terry Madonna, noting that Occupy protesters in other cities, like Oakland, Denver and Atlanta, have drawn more national attention because of clashes with police. "We don't have the same kind of reaction."

Nine Occupy Philly protesters were arrested yesterday after refusing to leave the lobby at Comcast's headquarters in Center City. That protest was part of a 99-minute general strike called to show solidarity with protesters in Oakland, where a demonstration last week turned into a violent confrontation with police.

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YEE-HAW!!!! :)

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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 11:24 AM
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1. Too bad there won't be any...
...everytime the issue of political engagement comes up, I hear that "we tried working with the Democrats", and "we're doing things differently this time". Unless someone's prepared to run for office competitively or find candidates to endorse, I don't see how they're going to get actual demands achieved.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 11:27 AM
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2. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, unionworks.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 11:31 AM
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3. the narritive I've been told would have to change
I'm to understand that protestors don't want any connection with the political process. I reason that'll change eventually. But, I'd bet that political prospect is an anathema to most of the protestors' aims.
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-11 11:38 AM
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5. 49% support the protests but 57% would support a candidate (?)
I guess for some democracy only happens every 4 years.
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