February 5 (Posted on SF Gate) — After a weekend during which Occupy Oakland protests turned violent and led to injuries and more than 400 arrests, regional support for the movement is waning, a new poll finds.
Twenty-six percent of Bay Area residents surveyed for the poll said they used to support the Occupy movement but have now changed their minds, a KPIX-sponsored SurveyUSA pollfound.
Thirty-two percent of respondents said they have backed Occupy from the start and still do, 32 percent said they have opposed it from the start and still do, and 3 percent said they used to oppose it but have now signed on, the poll said. Eight percent were not sure.
Occupy Oakland’s attempted takeover of the long-closed Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center over the weekend was even less popular. Only 21 percent of respondents said they supported Occupy efforts to seize empty buildings for headquarters, while 71 percent said they opposed them and the rest were unsure, the poll said.
When it comes to police response during protests, survey respondents were almost evenly split: Twenty-eight percent said police have been too harsh, 33 percent said they haven’t been harsh enough, and 35 percent said the response has been just about right. Four percent weren’t sure.
The survey polled 500 adults in the Bay Area on Monday by telephone and electronic device. The margin of error was 4.1 to 4.5 percentage points.
WE HOPE THAT OCCUPY CLEANS RANKS AND DELIVERS A CLEAR CUT MESSAGE. DESTROYING PROPERTY MAY FEEL GOOD, BUT IT WON’T INCREASE YOUR SUPPORTER BASE.
February 5 (Posted on Seattle PI website) Last week’s nationwide flap, including a protest letter signed by 26 U.S. Senators — Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., helped organize it — registered on 82 percent of those surveyed Friday and Saturday by Public Policy Polling.
“Do you support or oppose Susan G. Komen’s decision to stop funding breast cancer screenings by Planned Parenthood?” PPP asked.
Fifty-three percent of those polled opposed the decision, 39 percent supported Komen’s position, with just 8 percent undecided.
The pollster asked whether the controversy helped or hurt the image of the cancer charity. Just 30 percent replied that it helped Komen’s image, 53 percent agreed that it hurt the charity, with the remaining respondents saying it made no difference.
The third question should cause a bit of quaking at Komen: “Does this decision make you more or less likely to donated money to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the future, or does it not make a difference?”
Forty-nine percent of those surveyed answered “less likely,” just 29 percent “more likely,” and 19 percent said no difference.
And 43 percent said they were less likely to participate in the Komen Foundation’s popular Run for the Cure events.
Planned Parenthood remains controversial, but attacks from Republicans on Capitol Hill and anti-abortion activists have not turned the organization into a pariah.
WE HOPE THAT KOMEN CLEANS RANKS AND THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC HAS DELIVERED A CLEAR CUT MESSAGE. POLITICIZING WOMENS HEALTH MAY FEEL GOOD BUT IT WON’T INCREASE YOUR SUPPORTER BASE.