Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Surprise: Over 30% of OWS Would Support Violence

Doug Schoen has an interesting piece at the Wall Street Journal today in which he writes that the occupy Wall Street Crowd does not represent wider America. He has access to a poll of the protesters, which shows some confusion among the group. For example, a near majority... support the Wall Street Bailout of 2008:

Wall Street Bailout:
Necessary: 49%
Not Necessary: 51%

Furthermore, half of them will vote for Obama. I suspect that the number is higher than this but the protesters are saying they'll stay home to prove some point about being "independent" thinkers while marching in lockstep with fellow-protesters dressed as zombies. 48% said they'd back Obama next year.

However, he does highlight one portion that is very instructive:
Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.
That's right. Nearly a third of all of the protesters would engage in violence to advance the Occupy message. The message of.... well..... but there would be smashing and looting. Not to mention all of the signs calling for death/imprisonment to bankers, guillotines, and executions.

A third is willing to admit it. And how many of these that have handed over their personal decision making to the mob would follow along if the opportunity presented itself. Thousands of hipsters can still do a lot of property damage.

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