Supporters of the Occupy movement claim it has sparked a national conversation and changed Americans’ political perceptions. “I’m sad that the occupation is probably coming to an end, but I’m excited to see where it goes,” occupier Ryan Cahill told the Herald.
Well whether they’ve changed America is debatable, but one thing they absolutely managed to change in the past two months is America’s perception of the Occupods.
In early October, polling by Gallup, PPP and Rasmussen all showed that of those Americans who had an opinion about Occupy Wall Street, more approved of the cause than disapproved. (A plurality had no opinion either way.)
But by mid-December even the Democratic firm PPP was reporting support down to 33 percent, while 45 percent of Americans disapproved.
Even here in the land of Liz Warren, just 41 percent of Bay Staters buy into the Occupation. And the trend has been steadily downward. The more the Occupiers speak, the less Americans like them.
So if you define victory as “winning the argument,” the Occupods are the Indianapolis Colts of political protest.