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In the course of our vivid exchanges in the Book Salon yesterday, I mentioned recent polls on public opinion toward Occupy in polls over the summer.  Below are the specifics.  But first, let me address the objection that these assessments don’t accord with a reader’s sense of how the population is feeling.  In the early weeks of the Occupy movement, last fall, majorities in the polls did support Occupy.  (I give some of the particulars in Occupy Nation.)  They liked this movement.  Accordingly, Occupy supporters liked those polls.  But we don’t get to cherry-pick the polls we like and discard the rest, not if we’re honest with ourselves.  Polls have limits, of course, but we should pay attention to fluctuations, because the same statistical limits should apply across the board.  We don’t have to be straitjacketed by the polls. But we shouldn’t pretend them away.

To what extent, if at all, do you personally identify with the ideals of the Occupy Wall Street or We Are The 99% movement?…Identify with them strongly, identify with them, identify with them a little, do not identify with them at all
Ipsos-Public Affairs/Reuters Poll, Jul, 2012

9%
Identify with them strongly
9%
Identify with them
32%
Identify with them a little
45%
Do not identify with them at all
6%
Don’t know/Not sure

Survey by Reuters. Methodology: Conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs, July 5 – July 9, 2012 and based on 1,154 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. Interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones. [USIPSOSR.071012R.RD] (View Citation)

Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement?
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, Jul, 2012

22%
Yes
66%
No
2%
Depends (Vol.)
11%
Not sure

Survey by NBC News, Wall Street Journal. Methodology: Conducted by Hart and McInturff Research Companies, July 18 – July 22, 2012 and based on 1,000 telephone interviews. Sample: National registered voters. The sample included 300 respondents who use a cell phone only. [USNBCWSJ.12JUL.RF04C] (View Citation)

(Now I’m going to read you the names of several public figures and groups and I’d like you to rate you feelings toward each one as very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative. If you don’t know the name, please just say so.)…The Occupy Wall Street movement
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, Jul, 2012

8%
Very positive
18%
Somewhat positive
20%
Neutral
15%
Somewhat negative
25%
Very negative
14%
Don’t know name/Not sure
Subpopulation/Note: Asked of Form B half sample.

Survey by NBC News, Wall Street Journal. Methodology: Conducted by Hart and McInturff Research Companies, July 18 – July 22, 2012 and based on 1,000 telephone interviews. Sample: National registered voters. The sample included 300 respondents who use a cell phone only. [USNBCWSJ.12JUL.R07J] (View Citation)

To what extent, if at all, do you personally identify with the ideals of the Occupy Wall Street or We Are The 99% movement?…Identify with them strongly, identify with them, identify with them a little, do not identify with them at all?
Ipsos-Public Affairs/Reuters Poll, Aug, 2012

9%
Identify with them strongly
9%
Identify with them
27%
Identify with them a little
48%
Do not identify with them at all
6%
Don’t know/Not sure

Survey by Reuters. Methodology: Conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs, August 2 – August 6, 2012 and based on 1,168 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. Interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones. [USIPSOSR.080812R.RD] (View Citation)

To what extent, if at all, do you personally identify with the ideals of the Occupy Wall Street or We Are The 99% movement?…Identify with them strongly, identify with them, identify with them a little, do not identify with them at all
National Treasury Employees Union Survey, Aug, 2012

9%
Identify with them strongly
9%
Identify with them
27%
Identify with them a little
48%
Do not identify with them at all
6%
Don’t know/Not sure

Survey by National Treasury Employees Union. Methodology: Conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs, August 2 – August 6, 2012 and based on 1,000 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. Interviews were conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones. [USIPSOSR.12NATREAS.RD] (View Citation)