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Survey: 3 in 10 Americans identify with Occupy, Tea Party movements
An Occupy Wall Street protest in Los Angeles on Thursday.
November 17th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

Survey: 3 in 10 Americans identify with Occupy, Tea Party movements

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements identify with the values of just under a third of the country, according to a survey released Thursday.

Twenty-nine percent of Americans say the Occupy Wall Street movement shares their values, the same proportion who say Tea Party shares their values, the survey found.

The poll was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service.

“Americans are deeply divided along partisan lines in their evaluations of these movements,” according to the survey report, “although Republicans are significantly more likely to say the Tea Party shares their values than Democrats are to say the Occupy Wall Street movement shares their values.”

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said the the Tea Party does not share their values, compared to a statistically equal 56% of respondents who indicated the same about the Occupy movement.

Fifty-nine percent of Republicans and just 14 percent of Democrats said their values were in line with the Tea Party. When asked about the Occupy movement, 40% of Democrats and 17% of Republicans say their personal values match the values of Occupy Wall Street.

The Occupy movement, which celebrates its two-month anniversary Thursday, is an international protest movement that has called for a number of different reforms, including resolving income inequality and modifying the tax code.

Though respondents said their beliefs didn't align with the Occupy movements, the idea of combating inequality, when asked on its own, did survey positively.

"Majorities of nearly every demographic group - including all major religious groups, age groups and education groups - agree that the government should do more to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor," reads the survey.

Over two-thirds or 67 percent of respondents said the government should do more to reduce the gap between rich and poor. Less than one-third said the government should do less.

Americans are also divided over whether churches and clergy have provided enough moral leadership on the country's economic problems.

Forty-six percent of respondents in a Public Religion Research Institute poll released Thursday indicated that churches have not provided enough leadership during the financial crises. Forty-five percent indicated the opposite.

This division, which is within the survey's plus or minus 3 percent margin or error, was seen throughout almost all religious denominations, including Catholics, evangelical Protestants and mainline Protestants. With 64 percent responding that churches had not done enough, minority Protestants were the only denomination to not show a division within the margin of error.

The survey sampled 1,002 adults from November 10 to the 14 by phone.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Occupy Wall Street • Politics • Polls • Tea Party

soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. 8Norseman8

    Do not compare "Occupy" vs. "Tea Party", that like comparing a rotten banana (Occupy) to a fresh one

    January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  2. lowvocsc

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    January 26, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  3. Unity

    That's the best answer by far! Thanks for contbirutnig.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  4. enkephalin07

    I wondered what a political movement would be doing in a faith-based blog, but it became obvious before I checked that it was Republican-written. They just can't get enough religion in their state. They don't want Big Brother government, they want the BIGGEST Brother government.

    December 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
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