Bad news: 73% of Occupy Wall Street protesters disapprove of Obama’s job performance

posted at 9:00 pm on October 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

Perhaps there’s common ground here after all, my friends.

Well … no, perhaps not:

Thirty percent have full-time jobs, which is thirty percent more than I expected. But all’s not lost. There is in fact one point of semi-agreement between tea partiers and the ultraliberal “99 percent”: Neither group will be casting many votes for Barack Obama.

According to this poll, only 25 percent identify as Democrat. Eleven percent are socialists, 11 percent are Green Party, 12 percent are “something else,” two percent are GOP(!), and fully 39 percent say they don’t identify with any party. Most of those left-wing independents will hold their nose and vote O once the Dems’ “Romney is the new Hitler” message machine starts rolling but the true fringe types must be kicking themselves for not having started the OWS movement months ago, when they could have leveraged media momentum into a primary challenge against Obama. Now it’s too late because of ballot deadlines. The next best thing is if the protests start to grow next spring as the weather improves; as more liberals get sucked into them, the newly empowered movement will demand shows of allegiance from The One. The stronger they get, the more “OWS” may replace “Democrat” as a core political identity for some, and thus the greater the risk will be that a few will feel insulted and stay home in November if O refuses to placate them by tacking left. It’s tea-party-ish in that sense; the only question is whether they’ll bite the bullet on election day and vote for one of the two major parties, as tea partiers do, or go their own way. Quite frankly, it’s in their interest to stay home on election day next year. Like Jonah Goldberg says, to really succeed OWS needs a Republican president.

Two videos for you. One, from NRO’s Charles Cooke, chronicles today’s paper-airplane protest outside a bank in New York. After the Oakland chaos a few days ago, it’s almost charming to see them throwing only paper. The second, via Ed Driscoll, also has to do with Oakland. Watch as Lawrence O’Donnell tosses a softball question at a protester and gets an answer he really, really doesn’t want.

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The vocal majority.

mythicknight on October 28, 2011 at 9:02 PM

So most are Liberal, do not have full time jobs and won’t vote for Obama.
Well then…they won’t vote this time around since there is no one in the race that will actually pay for their mortgages and put gas in their cars.

Electrongod on October 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Now we just have to convince them that they are hypocrites if they vote for him. Kids fall for that.

Bill C on October 28, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I hope they’ll be an anchor chain on the Democrat party for 2012.

JimK on October 28, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Frustration!!!

You pay those lefties to carry some signs…and they don’t get that they’re also supposed to be toadies for Obama, who is funding them!!

That’s what happens when your constituency is made up of the most stupid among us.

landlines on October 28, 2011 at 9:11 PM

God bless them for their spontaneity. It’s independent … it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.

Electrongod on October 28, 2011 at 9:11 PM

So, question 14 says that 25% of the 99% aren’t going to vote at all.

Obama = Unelectable

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM

You mean like full time, full time jobs..?

d1carter on October 28, 2011 at 9:13 PM

In a related story, 98% of protesters had to look up “job” on wikipedia before they could answer the question.

infidel4life on October 28, 2011 at 9:14 PM

…there is no one in the race that will actually pay for their mortgages and put gas in their cars.

Electrongod on October 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

There’s no mortgage on your parents’ basement, so that is not really a problem. But the gas is another matter: they’re angry about the cost…even though they can’t admit they own a car while they’re joining in with the OWS mob during the day.

landlines on October 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM

2nd video comment.

Did anyone get the feeling that her response was too slow in coming, like someone we couldn’t hear was telling her what to say? Maybe someone in the MSNBC studio?

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I love the fact that they OWS bosses are now restricting the homeless from eating at their occupation.

sweet irony that the TEATERS at the OWS pow-wow are pissed that their are ‘freeloaders’ and ‘professional homeless’ people wanting some of their food, when they didn’t contribute to the cause to begin with. Freeloaders fighting those that……..wait for it……..that want to freeload.

PRICELESS.

PappyD61 on October 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Sorry to hear that so many don’t plan to vote for the SCOAMF, but can’t wait until they demand to be seated at the Democrat Convention this summer given his endorsement of them. Hell, I’ll contribute good money for the inevitable Occupy the Convention initiative. I think it’s going to make Chicago ’68 look like a day at Ben & Jerry’s.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I think it’s going to make Chicago ’68 look like a day at Ben & Jerry’s.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 9:19 PM

So you’re expecting quite a few wood shampoo’s at the convention too?

Lather – Rinse – Repeat

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Did anyone get the feeling that her response was too slow in coming, like someone we couldn’t hear was telling her what to say? Maybe someone in the MSNBC studio?

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:16 PM

My guess is that it was link delay between Doofuss O’Donnell and her earpiece. If they were telling her what to say, they wouldn’t have been telling her to say, “Yeah, sure we were throwing bottles and rocks, but that’s OK the cops were in full riot gear, so it only hurt a little bit.”

AZfederalist on October 28, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Thirty percent have full-time jobs

Have or had?

malclave on October 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM

My guess is that it was link delay between Doofuss O’Donnell and her earpiece.

I’m sure there is some delay, but to me it seems much longer on the second question…after she sandbags O’Donnel. It could just be me, too.

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:28 PM

So you’re expecting quite a few wood shampoo’s at the convention too?

Lather – Rinse – Repeat

BobMbx on October 28, 2011 at 9:22 PM

I don’t think those Charlotte police will need the “repeat” part of the cycle.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 9:31 PM

#OccupyGettingBored

Kini on October 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Most of those who identify as “something else”.

Translation: I never thought about it before. Guess I’m just an opportunist!

GarandFan on October 28, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Chemical weapons? These are chemical weapons, you twit.

Once again, can any of these idiots tell us exactly what their bitch is?

2ipa on October 28, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Two thoughts:

One:

Thirty percent have full-time jobs, which is thirty percent more than I expected.

You didn’t expect it, because they’re lying.

Two:

Obama and the Democrats want so badly to double down and go all in behind OWS. I think they know it’s craziness, but they just can’t help themselves. It’s what they do. It’s fascinating to watch.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

This is the best chance Ralph Nader has ever had. These are your people Ralph.

Time to make a statement folks. Nader 2012.


Meanwhile,

Hillary smells blood.

Saltysam on October 28, 2011 at 9:45 PM

You didn’t expect it, because they’re lying.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Well, it has been determined that ACORN [renamed] has been paying some of the protesters. So, maybe they are telling partial truth. While there is an OWS, they have a full-time job.

AZfederalist on October 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Have or had?

malclave on October 28, 2011 at 9:25 PM

They’re day traders.

unclesmrgol on October 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM

AZfederalist on October 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Follow-up to that comment.

I wonder if ACORN [renamed] is properly accounting for those they are employing and performing appropriate withholding and SS tax witholding.

/Yeah, I think I know the answer.

AZfederalist on October 28, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Useless! Can’t even make decent paper airplanes!

What sort of twisted childhood did they have?

OldEnglish on October 28, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Well, it has been determined that ACORN [renamed] has been paying some of the protesters. So, maybe they are telling partial truth. While there is an OWS, they have a full-time job.

AZfederalist on October 28, 2011 at 9:46 PM

That’s a point. I didn’t consider the mercenary protesters.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Obama and the Democrats want so badly to double down and go all in behind OWS. I think they know it’s craziness, but they just can’t help themselves. It’s what they do. It’s fascinating to watch.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Obama and the Democrats don’t see it as craziness, really. OWS reminds them of who they really are. Truth be known, Obama, et al., would rather be there among the tents and piss and garbage, not to mention the drugs and drivel and banging drums, than anywhere else in the world. It is at once their identity and their youth re-lived, giving them hope for their own failed dreams of an America put asunder.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Question – Did you see people throwing bottles and rocks at the police before they used those tactics?

Answer – . . . Ummm . . . yeah, yes. People were doing that.

Question – And, what do you think the police response should have been to that?

Answer (my paraphrase) – Not nearly as much force as they actually used. That was totally uncalled for and besides, it really wasn’t fair.

Did anyone else think her facial expression was like a kid who’s been ‘caught’, immediately after the second question?

listens2glenn on October 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Obama and the Democrats don’t see it as craziness, really. OWS reminds them of who they really are. Truth be known, Obama, et al., would rather be there among the tents and piss and garbage, not to mention the drugs and drivel and banging drums, than anywhere else in the world. It is at once their identity and their youth re-lived, giving them hope for their own failed dreams of an America put asunder.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Oh, I don’t know. I think that maybe Obama would rather be on Martha’s Vineyard.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM

BS again. It’s OWS talking points propaganda I’ve talked to several leftist Obama voters who are now OWS people and they all suddenly tell me they won’t vote for Obama this time. When I counter with so you’ll not vote and potentially let “teh evil rethuglicans” win?! They get all huffy and tell me that’s not the point. CHANGE has to be made and this isn’t a political protest anyway.

Skywise on October 28, 2011 at 10:06 PM

“I don’t think they should have responded with chemical weapons.”

She’s right. They should have rolled them up and arrested them all then used the video to identify which to charge with felony assaulting an officer.

They got off lucky with the tear gas.

Jason Coleman on October 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Oh, I don’t know. I think that maybe Obama would rather be on Martha’s Vineyard.

SlaveDog on October 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM

True, that too. But, as Clinton felt their pain, Obama smells their smell.

TXUS on October 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Poor girl in the second video must have missed the Clinton years… She also missed a valuable lesson from his years in office… Deny, deny, deny…
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RalphyBoy on October 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM

They’re getting paid to protest, so why wouldn’t they be paid to answer in the fashion they did???

capejasmine on October 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Does paid protestor count as a full time job?

Hard Right on October 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM

So most are Liberal, do not have full time jobs and won’t vote for Obama….

Electrongod on October 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Similar to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats – they’re liberal and won’t vote on Obama’s proposals either. Well, dammitt, they’re liberal and wont vote at all.

Go figure.

Danny on October 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM

They disapprove of Obama? I don’t buy it. Where are the signs complaining about him by name? Where are the folksingers protest songs alluding to him, or is that reserved for Republicans? Are they afraid of being branded racist or something? Or maybe they’re just afraid of admitting that they don’t have a clue what they stand for, only what they can’t stand.

No wonder Obama won the last election. People like this are easily manipulated.

manwithblackhat on October 28, 2011 at 11:40 PM

two percent are GOP(!)…

When you get a percentage that’s smaller than the margin of error, it’s just because there’re that many people filling it in randomly. In other words: if they took “I am a Republican” off the survey, and substituted the option “I am a fire engine,” right around the same number of people would have picked it.

logis on October 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

They disapprove of Obama? I don’t buy it. Where are the signs complaining about him by name?
manwithblackhat on October 28, 2011 at 11:40 PM

It’s not really disapproval, it’s disappointment.

The rank-and-file moonbat is a hardcore Communist. A handful of them are slowly beginning to figure out that Obama is more economically Fascist than Hitler and Mussolini combined. But that won’t matter.

No matter how disillusioned they get with their Fearless Leader, none of them will ever forget who their REAL enemy is.

logis on October 29, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I wonder if Lawrence O’Donnell thinks Oakland’s Police Chief is “Black enough”.

OxyCon on October 29, 2011 at 1:37 AM

That 30% of full time workers probably think protesting for Soros and tax payer funded paychecks is a full-time job.

Tuari on October 29, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Most of them claim to be liberal to some degree. As they flew paper airplanes into Citibank I wonder if Clintonista Robert Rubin was in his Citibank office?

Dennis D on October 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

It is at once their identity and their youth re-lived

For Obama, re-living his youth would mean writing another paper about the evils of Capitalism with a Husker Du record playing in the background (or maybe Joy Division or The Smiths). He’s sooooooooooo 80′s.

But seriously, of course these people are Obama supporters. Want proof? They’re all out there getting angry over a crisis that started three years ago. The banks also got bailed out three years ago. So why weren’t they out there three years ago railing against the 1%? Why now?

Because Obama said he’d fix this mess, but he hasn’t. He’s made it worse, ON PURPOSE. And now, right on cue, as we head into the 2012 Presidential campaign, these people are sending a message, which is “Capitalism doesn’t work, Obama tried to fix it, but it can’t be fixed, time to tear it down, once in for all”. And Obama and the Democrats say “we hear you, we’re with you”.

ardenenoch on October 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM