Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

Opinions on Occupy Wall Street, Wealth, and Redistribution

Academic journal article AEI Paper & Studies

Opinions on Occupy Wall Street, Wealth, and Redistribution

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Judging from weekly data from the Pew Research Center, public attention to the Occupy Wall Street movement does not appear to be growing. Far more people are following news about the country's economy closely than are following news about OWS. Polls provide different impressions of OWS, and many people haven't made up their minds. Although opinion appears somewhat unformed at this time, views about Wall Street, banks, and financial institutions are clearer. Positive views of them are near 40-year lows. As the next pages of AEI's Political Report show, long-held views about inequality and a dismal economic environment are driving discontent.

Q: As I read a list of some stories covered by news organizations
this past week, please tell me if you happened to
follow each news story ...?

Anti-Wall Street protests in New York and
other cities

October 20-23, 2011

Very closely                   19%        =48%
Fairly closely                       29
Top story (the economy =70%)

October 13-16

Very closely                   22%        =53%
Fairly closely                       31
Top story (the economy = 71%)

October 6-9

Very closely                   17%        =42%
Fairly closely                       25
Top story (the economy = 71%)

Note: The October 20-23 poll is a Pew/Washington Post poll.

Source: Pew Research Center.

Q: How much have you heard or read about the protests
and rallies being held in New York City and in other cities,
called Occupy Wall Street . … 
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