“Occupy Wall Street” Protesters out of Touch With Mainstream America

You know that a protest movement from the left is really out of touch with mainstream American opinion when even a somewhat liberal media outlet like CNN runs with a slightly sarcastic piece questioning what the movement is actually for.  An article by BigGovernment.com entitled “The More the Hippies Protest Wall Street, the Lower Obama’s Numbers Get”, is even more explicit about just how much this protest is running counter to American opinion.  After noting that Obama is actually encouraging the protesters, the article made the following observation:

“Not so ironically, the president’s already low poll numbers have fallen even further with these fine, upstanding citizens occupying our streets. (I guess they’re citizens, but to honest, the way Soros and Obama work, who knows?)

For example, the Gallup poll released on Friday, October 7, showed his approval rating at a miserable 38% and the disapproval numbers at an overwhelming 58%. (I could be wrong, but I think even Jimmy Carter laughed at those numbers.)”

The author likes what he considers the long term consequences of Obama and the Democrats embracing this effort:

“I personally hope the hippies keep protesting and that Obama keeps publicly encouraging them do so. For if they do, and if he does, the American people will vote against socialism and hippies by voting against Obama in droves come 2012.”

No, it is not the “Occupy Wall Street” group who is in touch with the concerns of the majority of Americans, it is the Tea Party movement.  Regardless of polls indicating what people’s personal opinion of the Tea Party is, polls on questions about their concerns line up nicely with the Tea Party’s concern the government has gotten too big and is a threat to our constitutionally defined liberties.  A London paper, the UK Telegraph, has commented on this trending American opinion:

“The United States is undergoing one of the biggest political revolutions in its post-war history, and perhaps the most important since Ronald Reagan, with an emphatic rejection of the idea that government knows best when it comes to handling key domestic issues, especially relating to the economy. President Obama, whose administration has practically worshipped at the trough of big government, looks spectacularly out of touch with a clear majority of the American people. The highly interventionist liberal experiment of the last two and a half years has been a spectacular failure, with 14 million Americans out of work, sliding consumer confidence, collapsing house prices, and falling stock markets.

This is why Barack Obama could well end up being the last big government president of the United States, a nation that simply cannot afford the lavish excesses of an imperious presidency that drains the pay-checks of hard-working Americans with impunity and reckless abandon. The historic loss of faith in the federal government under Obama has combined with growing support across America for a return to the limited government ideals of the Founding Fathers. Nothing is ever certain in politics, but it is hard to see how a future president can shamelessly adopt the same borrow, bailout and spend approach zealously adopted by the current administration, without extremely damaging consequences for the United States.”

The article goes on to cite the results of various polls:

“This week Gallup is unveiling a series of in-depth analyses of “Americans’ views on the role and performance of government” based on its annual Governance Survey. The first overview, released on Monday, is a real-eye opener. According to Gallup, Americans are expressing historic levels of negativity towards the US government, with “a record high 81 percent of Americans dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed,” including 65 per cent of Democrats, and 92 per cent of Republicans. Gallup concludes by stating that “Americans’ various ratings of political leadership in Washington add up to a profoundly negative review of government,” ratings which are likely to get worse during the lead up to next year’s presidential elections.

Congress’s job performance takes a real hammering at 82 per cent disapproval, with 69 per cent of Americans declaring they have “little or no confidence” in the legislative branch of government (consisting of the US Senate and House of Representatives), an all-time high, and up from 63 per cent a year ago. Gallup’s polling also finds that more than half of Americans “have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.” Congressional disapproval is even higher in some other recent polls – 84 per cent according to CBB/Opinion Research, and 87 per cent in the latest Associated Press/GfK survey. The RealClear Politics average now stands at 83.3 per cent disapproval, with just 13.5 per cent approval for Congress.”

The article then goes on to cite some interesting results from the Gallup Poll:

• 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010.
• Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.

Most strikingly of all, Gallup finds that:

• 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.