According to a poll published today in the Wall Street Journal, 31% of the protesters in Zucotti Park believe that violence is OK in order to advance their agenda.
From this stunning OP-ED piece from pollster Douglas Schoen we have learned the following about those who want us to believe that they represent 99% of the nation's population:
- 32% call themselves Democrats - 33% say that no party represents them
- 25% probably will not vote in 2012
- 52% have been politically active before
- 98% support civil disobedience (that's kind of obvious... if you're camping in a city park for a month, guess what you're doing?)
- 15% are unemployed... meaning most have jobs
- 51% disapprove of Obama's performance
- 48% claim that they will vote to re-elect the president
Schoen's analysis of the protesters also includes his astute comparisons to the overall population, and a question as to why the President and the more left-leaning wing of the party are aligning with the movement:
Among the general public, by contrast, 41% of Americans self-identify as conservative, 36% as moderate, and only 21% as liberal. That's why the Obama-Pelosi embrace of the movement could prove catastrophic for their party.
Consider that the very top level of the Democratic Party is openly endorsing the protests. Former President Clinton has called it "good positive debate." President Obama claimed that Dr. King would support them as well.
Add to that fact, significant portions of the mainstream media are endorsing the occupations - Ed Schultz has promised to cover the story "until the last protesters go home."
SEIU's Stephen Lerner has been photographed marching with protesters in Chicago.
Van Jones appears to be looking for an opportunity to step in front of the crowds and lead them back to (his version of) the American Dream, he recently appeared with Ed Schultz:
Did you catch that? Mr. Jones said:
“...we should let the spirit of this movement co-opt the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the whole country; it’s the best thing in America right now.”
The best thing in America right now? Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen begs to differ:
Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence.
Read the rest of Schoen's op-ed here.