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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. fixingstupid

    A month ago, the polls said that more people identified with OWS than the Tea Party. Now the numbers are really down... people are seeing them for what they are.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  2. sam abraham

    OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOLKS : – i don't know what u guys stand for..are u aganist americans, mortgage companies etc.. stand with the US citizens folks..stand with them aganist there exploitation by the companies here in our home...Our Citizens with hefty student loans are out of work..our younger genration are starving because there parents don't have jobs...Our veterans are out of JOB...At the sametime companies hire VISA HOLDERS FOR work in our country...Indian and American companies..Do u know how many visa holders are working in our country in H1, L1 and EAD..there are 6 Million of these folks 95% from India and China..Do you know Indians companies in USA employ 1 Million Visa Holders mainly from INDIA..99% of these companies employ Visa Holders..they don't hire a single American...Fight for that people..Stop the discrimination against American Citizens..ALL Indian companies in USA hire only Indians or VISA holders..they just don;t hire an america..Take any example of Indian and American consulting BIG and small companies..Top five Indian IT and consulting companies employ more than 100,000 VISA holders in USA and they have less 10 employees as US citizens..same case for American companies...where WE GO ..FIGHT FOR THAT PEOPLE..SEND THESE VISA HOLDERS HOME..CANCEL THERE work permit..we will prosper again..fight for the real cause OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOLKS..Fight against these injustice people..Fight to Increase THERE VISA FEES TO 30k/year SO COMAPNIES CANNOT BRING IN CHEAP WORKERS BUT ONLY BRIGHT AND BEST CANDIDATES TO WORK HERE BY PAYING THE premium..

    November 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Passive Aggresive

      You are really good at writing lots of stuff. Awesome.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
  3. dinak

    53% of us are with the people who actually pay Federal Taxes. The 47% lazy takers want us to pay even more. Those r the true numbers.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Pat

      According to the Christian Science Monitor, many of those 47% who don't pay any Federal Income taxes are retired people who are on Social Security. Sorry that you think those old people are a bunch of lazy bums, but the reality is that they just don't have enough income other than SS to owe any taxes.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  4. Jack Smith

    O jeez.. I created a Poll larger than this... http://gopollgo.com/do-you-support-the-occupy-wall-street-movement
    94% agree with Occupy according to the data.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  5. Jason

    CNN has been saying off the wall/hard right turn things all day. this is a doozie, and not in accordance to what I have heard elsewhere.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  6. Barb

    Honestly, I hate these polls. I don't think they are right since it's obvious that they don't ask everyone. If they really want to know what the people think, then they need to ask everyone, not just a handful.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • john

      Yeah i've never really cared for any of these polls when they only ask a thousand people. They are not really getting a good view of what america in a whole thinks. That 30% could drop to 5% if they spanned across the country or maybe would jump to 60%. Who knows but polling such few people really doesn't paint any clear picture on the amount that truly support who. Rather pointless poll in my opinion

      November 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
    • Howard

      You have no clue how statistical inference works do you?

      November 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • john

      Howard – yes i do but I can still find it rather pointless in my own mind. The lovely part about being an individual

      November 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      Actually, as long as they used a random sample and an alpha level of .05 or less, it should be a pretty accurate look at how America in general feels. And I'm sure they did use a random sample because it wouldn't make sense to post it otherwise. Polls, even those that only do about 1,000 people, tend to be fairly accurate. However, Americans are rather fickle, so tomorrow you may get something different.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • ConcernedNetizen

      Howard: Statistical inference can be misleading. "producers of polls" routinely sort their "random" polling via zipcode and the associated biases that differentiate different zips. The aerial shots of tens of thousands of protesters should stir in you more than a CNN bias Poll

      November 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Barb

      The wording of polls can confuse people into agreeing or disagreeing with certain things. What were the exact questions and how were they worded? Exactly who did they ask? That is to say, did they actually do a very random poll or was it a pick from certain areas and poll those people randomly? Since I don't know all of these details, I can't say if they are correct or not. I am not saying statistics can't be correct, but given that people of certain backgrounds and such will have different opinions, it's better to know that it is truly random before believing the poll is correct.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • memyself

      "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics" –Mark Twain

      November 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  7. AmericanSam

    Why can't we have meaningful debate? Why do so many of you name call? Why do so many of you lie? Why do so many of you lack the ability to reason? Why do so many of you want to spread your hatred on the Internet?

    Democracy only works when we tell the truth and are respectful of each other in the process. Everyone wants to be right so badly that we ignore any evidence that may point toward the truth in favor of cheap attacks. It's truly sickening.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • john

      I agree, I try to have meaningful debates over topics but all it turns out to be is name calling and "your ridiculous" or an "idiot". It's quite sad and points to the child like intelligence people have anymore when they disagree with someone. "Oh yeah, well your a poopy head"

      November 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Hmmm

      Emotional maturity is defined as: the ability to express one’s own feelings and convictions balanced with consideration for the thoughts and feelings of others. Unfortunately some people never learned that lesson.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Pat

      John, even if we are all being very civil, if you make a statement like saying 99% of the 99% are employed, it should be called out for what it is – ridiculous. Which is not the same as calling you ridiculous. Just sayin'.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Wanda

      but john............you really ARE a poopy-head. You're even wearing a hat made out of toilet paper!!!!!!

      November 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  8. Voiceinthewind

    What a bunc of crap by CNN again. Occupy far out numbers Pee party in support. To compare the two or put them in the same catagory is right wing BS. Screw the Pee Party right on OWS. The Pee party would bring America to its ruin and destroy the middle class. The OWS is the Middle Class. The Pee Party is the 1% the OWS is the 99% you figure out the numbers. Who writes these stupid articles with the twisted headlines and twisted numbers. CNN sucks along with FOX and most othe mainstream American Media controlled by the 1%. Go OWS we are the 99% and we have the numbers even if they have th guns, we still have the numbers, screw the 1% Pee Party and its members.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      As an Occupy supporter, please do NOT call the Tea Party the "Pee Party." It makes you look bad. This is about building bridges, and I don't want to be lumped in a category with someone who would disrespect another viewpoint like you.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Bob LobLaw

      Just a couple of comments:
      1. The OWS is not just the middle class, I'm pretty sure their movement included ALL the 99% not jsut middle class.
      2. The Tea Party is NOT the 1% if you actually look at their demographic many tea party supporters are from the middle and lower classes.
      3.I'm also pretty sure CNN is skewed to the left and is nota right wing propaganda machine.
      4. Go back to trolling school.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • Pat

      Absolutely agree with AmericanSam. You do not serve OWS well with those types of comments. Or are you intentionally being that way, as a troll?

      November 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
  9. Daivd

    I have no idea what they are for at all

    November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • mike

      They are highlighting the downside of capitalism which favors the rich. I don't think they advocate any specific policies because they are protesting the system itself, and that is a difficult remedy–especially in a country that believes that the "free market" will fix everything.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Shane

      I just don't understand how people can literally afford to spend so much time protesting, seriously, I suppose many work and then protest after, but what about all the people camping out? Are they on unemployment? I really don't understand any of it.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Fran

      Shane, they have nothing else they can do. Many people are trying to help them with food, etc. Some of them have jobs, some are still living on unemployment, or food stamps. They are not all in the same boat with regards to resources.
      They are fighting for our country more than anyone in the Armed Forces, for they are actually fighting against those who are destroying our country and our freedoms. The Armed Forces only fight at the behest of the corrupted people in our government – a reason why I will probably never join up. I can respect our servicemen&women, but wish they had more people willing to stand up and fight against our domestic enemies who are destroying our country.
      OWS is lacking unification because they are being deliberately torn apart from within and severely oppressed from without.
      Mock them if you want, but no one with any heart is going to respect you for it.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  10. AmericanSam

    Occupy Wall Street is not about defending people who are lazy and don't want to work.

    Occupy Wall Street is about defending people who are working and who are not getting a fair share.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Jazz

      ..or are losing thier homes due to LACK of OVERSIGHT in DC.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Steve

      While draining the police and fire department budgets, destroying parks and impacting the very people they are suppose to represent by ruining their commutes. All the cities should hand these protester the bills for clean up, police over time, etc. Oh, I forgot, they won't have to pay just like Wall Street and the middle class tax payers will keep footing the bill.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • john

      Jazz – actually a lot of people lost their homes due to their own ignorance in believing they could afford a house that they couldn't. I mean it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, once given the figures, what your mortgage is going to be on top of all the current monthly bills and expenses people have. It's simple addition. But people would rather go for that dream house and live in fantasy land than take a cheaper house and live in reality and within their means

      November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Karen

      "or are losing thier homes due to LACK of OVERSIGHT in DC.

      If you had been doing your homework the people would have known there were predictions out there the housing bubble was going to burst long before it did. Plus if you are buying a house with no money down, multiple mortgage loans, etc., then you are a fool to think you could afford it in the first place.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Pat

      John, pls look at Karen's comments. At least she says "if". Not everyone who lost their home did it because of their own ignorance or greed. Many lost their jobs or became ill during the recession, and couldn't sell their house for what they paid for it. How is that their fault? Just because you once bounced back from a bad time doesn't mean that everyone can. And BTW, I own my home free and clear and am still working. Just can see the other side of the picture a little more clearly than you.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Bob

      @Pat- "Many lost their jobs or became ill during the recession, and couldn't sell their house for what they paid for it. How is that their fault?"

      Pat, it's their fault because they did not have a big enough of a safety net in savings to cover themselves through a rough patch. They should not have bought a house that they could not afford to make the payments on if they were to lose their job for any extended length of time or were to get sick. I lost my house when my wife was laid off from her job of 12 years while on maternity leave with my kids and who is to blame? ME. Who's fault is it? MINE. I learned the hard way that you need to have savings when you buy a house in case something unexpected happens. Now I'm working two jobs to make sure I can pay my rent, not waiting around for someone to give me a handout or sitting in some park yelling about how unfair life is. Suck it up, move on, and work hard to make your life better.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  11. usafirstonly1776

    30%. Thats the magic number. No successful revolution ever has the majority behind it . Our own revolution is believed to have had the support of only 30% of the total population. Apparently, that was enough. America is waking up!!! Finally!

    November 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      While I support the Occupy movement, I'm not sure that 30 percent will translate into real action. People are lazy... They don't want to protest.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • john

      @AmericanSam – people are lazy, that's why they'd rather protect than actually going to work. Even if it is not a job that they want, it's something. People hate illegal immigrants but would never want to do their jobs because most people think they are above those kinds of jobs.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      @john I understand your point, but I have a job and support Occupy Wall Street. The people there are standing up for their First Amendment rights. Protest is a sign of democracy working, so I don't see how protesting against the inequality of wealth means a person is lazy. I simply think that Americans in general are lazy and cynical about most everything.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • son

      I find it amazing that the Teaparty even got 30%. I mean, with the constant negative press the Teaparty gets compared to the constant positive press CNN gives the OWS protesters I find that absolutely fascinating.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • john

      @AmericanSam – i agree, people are lazy in general. A good portion of society doesn't understand the meaning of hard work. They'd rather complain and moan about their salaries instead of doing everything they can to earn a better job or position.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      @john And that can be frustrating, I understand. But some people don't want to be in the business world. For instance, some people want to be teachers. And we need teachers. We need good teachers. And teachers are not getting paid well at all, and therefore people who would potentially be good teachers are going into other positions. So part of it is that there are certain careers that really deserve a better salary.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
    • Wanda

      john is a poopy-head.....and that's putting it in the nicest way I can.....

      November 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  12. john

    @Pat – i was driving home a point, i know what the unemployment is. Plus look at my other comment in this post, i doubt the entire 10% can't find a job, it's just that they can't find a job they want. Sometimes you got to take a step back to move forward. I've done it in my past.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Pat

      John, what worked in the past doesn't work now. And your original "point" is ridiculous – if you don't have a college degree (70% don't) and you worked in a trade, you are going to have a heck of a time getting ANY job. Since many of them are employed either full time or part time, it is simply not true that the OWS are a bunch of lazy bums who don't want a job, any job. Try listening to the message instead of slandering the messenger for a change.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Bob

      @Pat – "it is simply not true that the OWS are a bunch of lazy bums who don't want a job, any job"

      That statement is complete B.S. Watch this video if you think the OWS will take a job, any job...
      http://www.aim.org/video/occupy-dc-vs-employment-offers-we-wont-do-that/

      Also, I am working 2 jobs right now (one full time, one part time for a total of 50-70 hours/week). If there are no jobs out there, how was I able to find not just one job but two? Quit making excuses.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  13. John Gabriel

    What hogwash! Most people support Occupy.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • Actually

      Everyone I talk to think their a complete joke.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • john

      I agree, they should get a job and go to work and contribute something real to society

      November 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • psst

      "their"

      they're

      November 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
    • Ranterdon

      Hilarious...maybe most smelly people support them but not many others.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
    • son

      You live in a bubble dude. OWS represent about 1/10 of 1%. You people are so completly uninformed it just shows why the OWS protesters can't find jobs. They are idiots. These protests are doing nothing to the people they think they are protesting against but actually hurting the everyday folks trying to squeak by. Look at what they are doing to the small businesses and their hourly employees. They are killing these local businesses and beginning to put everyday folks out of work. Just plain stupid.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  14. dscon

    a CNN poll?
    chuckle.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  15. Peter H.

    I don't get it, the Tea Party Stands for smaller Government and reduced spending and the Occupy Party stands against anyone who makes a decent paycheck?

    November 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Steve

      You're right, you don't get it.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      Yeah you really don't get it.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • dscon

      you got it pete;
      steve's the idiot

      November 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Mad as hell

      The Tea Party is filled with complete tools who only parrot what others tell them. I doubt there's a single person in the whole party who knows how to think for themselves.
      They've been told that SS is bad, that Medicare is bad, that helping others is bad no matter how little money it actually takes.
      They are a front for the traitors who keep hiding in the shadows who want nothing more than to see the government collapse so they can finally come into the light when they take over.
      They hate having to pay workers anything. They want to go back to the Civil War and win. They want slave labor and will trumpet for "states rights" so they can form little enclaves where everything is back to the way it was before the Civil War.
      They hate "colored" people. They hate equal rights for anyone but whites. They hate the very idea of a single penny of their taxes going to help anyone beyond their inbred communities.

      We may have won the Civil War, but they want a rematch and are doing everything they can using the money they have stolen, cheated, swindled, gouged, and defrauded to get since they lost the war.
      They protect injustice and call for the destruction of our government. They are traitors who are doing everything they can to lay the foundations for another Civil War. They are the most ignorant, disgusting, vicious people in the country.
      And the Tea Party is just one of their front organizations.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  16. GaHap

    This means that 7 out of 10 do not support these morons.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • john

      7 of that 10 were at work, where the rest of these protesters should be

      November 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      Name calling really doesn't help. Actually, intelligent people often don't assess people who name call with much intelligence. I can indicate that I feel that the Tea Party does not support the right issues, has its eye on the wrong target, or nominates incapable leaders to fill positions, but as soon as I call them "morons" any sort of respect I might have had vanishes. Please, be smart.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  17. Portland tony

    Meaningless poll. No one "knows" for sure what a Tea Party advocate stands for. The same for the OWS groupies. Much manufactured.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  18. Arthur

    Did your daddy get you that job with Fox News?

    November 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  19. john

    Maybe if the people at occupy , actually spent the time working instead of parking their keisters on the street, than they wouldn't have to worry about the 1%. I agree more should be done, especially when you have millionaires and billionaires like buffet asking to be taxed fairly. But sitting in a tent is not really doing anything or will have any impact. The impact will come from people like buffet continuing to lobby for it. Get off the side walk and go to work, like 99% of the 99% do every day.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Steve

      99% of 99% are working?

      There's 10% unemployment right now. The *true* rate is between 15% and 20%

      November 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Pat

      John, are you seriously asserting that 98% (99% of 99%) are employed in this country? Do you have blinders on and earplugs in?

      November 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • john

      And how many of those people in the 10% unemployment can't find a job compared to people who don't want to take a job that is beneath them for the time being until they find a better paying job?

      November 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • john

      @Pat – i was driving home a point, i know what the unemployment is. Plus look at my other comment in this post, i doubt the entire 10% can't find a job, it's just that they can't find a job they want. Sometimes you got to take a step back to move forward. I've done it in my past.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
    • DCKeene

      Obviously Coyote, you have missed the fact that 9-20% of this country is unemployed or unemployed and there are not enough jobs being created by the 1% to cover that number.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • john

      @DCKeene – there are enough jobs, just not the all the jobs everyone wants. As I said, sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward in life. I did it in my past. Beggers can't be choosers

      November 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Pat

      John, what worked in the past doesn't work now. And your original "point" is ridiculous – if you don't have a college degree (70% don't) and you worked in a trade, you are going to have a heck of a time getting ANY job. Since many of them are employed either full time or part time, it is simply not true that the OWS are a bunch of lazy bums who don't want a job, any job. Try listening to the message instead of slandering the messenger for a change.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • john

      @Pat – instead of working a part time job and "occupying", how about you "occupy" a 2nd job. I've done it in my past. It's called hard work. Something americans lack anymore and would rather protect to have other people help pay their way to a better future that they think they deserve instead of earning it themselves.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Steve

      "if you don't have a college degree (70% don't) and you worked in a trade, you are going to have a heck of a time getting ANY job. "

      That's not true my company and some of the companies my friends work at are actually having a hard time filling positions, there are jobs out there but it's easier to keep getting a check doing nothing than take a pay cut.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • dscon

      There's 10% unemployment right now. The *true* rate is between 15% and 20%"

      Steve, you remember that actual 15-20% # next time bummer touts 8% unemployment
      when the Phoney # comes out at 8.9% OK?
      lol

      you and i agree that the actual unemployment numbers are BOGUS!
      lol

      November 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  20. Tim

    Given the extreme bias of the media, I am surprised that the TEA Party movement was given such high ratings. I am a member of the TEA Party and I protested at the April 15, 2009 tax protest. Since that time, the media has done nothing to "find out what we were all about." They were only interested in a) ignoring, b) belittling, c) attacking the movement. A movement which ultimately resulted in the largest change in congressional seats since the 1950's. We were never violent, no one ever got arrested, and we represented every American. And because our views were conservative/libertarian in nature, we were attacked.

    Compare that to this group, and the media are the biggest hypocrites out there. This group has broken laws, has been videotaped spouting anti semtic views, has been caught on camera multiple times of DEFECATING on public spaces, has been caught vandalizing, raping, assaulting and killing other people, as well as numerous overdoses. Yet...the media has not covered this with half of the anger and attacks that they did with the TEA Party. It's getting harder and harder to hide the obvious differences between normal, peaceful people (The TEA Party) and the violent, anarchists (OWS). The media is nothing more than the democratic mouth piece. CNN is the democratic mouth piece.

    November 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Steve

      You are a liar.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • JonWNC

      Wow, Tim, you need to get out more. Your characterizations of both the Tea Party AND Occupy are insanely slanted. There's video of Occupy folks KILLING people? The Tea Party represents ALL Americans? Your delusion is impressive.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Pat

      Tim, first the Tea Party has not always been nonviolent. Second, the OWS movement is international and I haven't heard anything similar for TeaParty. And third, not all of the OWS people are anarchists, etc. anymore than all of the Tea Party people are racist ignoramuses.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • dscon

      steve you are still the idiot.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • AmericanSam

      I don't feel that the Tea Party represents all Americans. I disagree with many of their ideas and their candidates.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
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