The overall level of popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement has remained basically unchanged since last month according to Gallup.
What I find most interesting about the poll is that the “neither” number has remained so high even after a month of significant media coverage. It is a reminder that even though the occupy movement seems to be very prominent in the news, and right wing media have been bashing it for weeks, there is a large part of the populace that does pay much attention to political news.
Even though the movement is now two months old, there is still significant potential over time to shape public opinion about the movement and its goals. Popular narratives are not created overnight; changing broad public opinion on political matters is often a slow process.
One worrying sign for the movement in the poll is that approval for how the protest is actually being conducted has dropped from 25 percent to 20 percent while disapproval went up from 20 percent to 31 percent. In part this is to be expected given how strongly right wing pundits and some in the mainstream media have worked to paint the movement in a bad light, but it is still something protesters should be mindful of. Actions should advance the message not distract from it.