I tried to warn ’em

Exit, stage left

Occupy support drops more than 20 points in . . . San Francisco?

One would think that the Occupy movement and San Francisco were made for each other. Perhaps at one time they were, but a new Survey USA poll shows that even the City by the Bay has its limits. The poll of 500 adults in the San Francisco area — surely the most progressive-friendly poll sample ever taken — shows that almost half of those who supported the Occupy movement in general now have changed their minds.

The topline results break down thusly:

Supported/Still do: 32%
Supported/Now oppose: 26%
Opposed/Now support: 3%
Opposed/Still do: 31%
Not sure: 8%

According to this poll, Occupy support in the Bay area would have been 58/34 at one point. Now it’s 35/57, which is a flip of 46 points in the gap. Combining support and opposition numbers, Democrat support for Occupy is now 40/56, and even among self-professed liberals, where 27% have switched to opposition, it’s only 52/35. Among San Francisco adults. Note too that the movement has not gained converts in anything like the numbers they are alienating, which means that the longer they go, the weaker they are getting politically.

I admit it. It was all my fault.

It’s no secret that I was never an OWS supporter. I am generally cynical about protest movements in general, but this one triggered all kinds of alarm bells from the beginning. While not all my suspicions have proven correct, none of them have been proven wrong.

I lost some friends to the Koolaid. One thing I warned them about was that the tactics, rhetoric and “visuals” of the protesters would alienate the people they were trying to win over. They didn’t listen to me. They mocked me and called me names.

It turns out I was correct.

So I admit it. It’s my fault. I was right.

I wonder if they’ll ever forgive me?

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23 Responses to I tried to warn ’em

  1. votermom says:


  2. Lulu says:

    It gets stranger and stranger. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/01/30/BA9P1N089K.DTL Occupy is turning up in some weird stuff.

  3. votermom says:

    and on topic

  4. Erin says:

    Don’t hold your breath. No one’s been forgiven for being right about Obama.

    I’ve got family members who voted for him, cheered for him and now cant stand him, but not one of them has ever said to me “you were right. I should have listened to you” It’s still the same old “no one could have predicted this” BS.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Same here. It’s irritating as hell too. But that’s not as bad as the 25% diehard Obots who still drink the kool-aid, similar to the 25% to say dubya was the greatest president eveh. Both of those groups are really nuts.

    • Erica says:

      No kidding. My friends are still saying at the dinner table that the reason people are upset with B0 is…..wait for it…..r@cism! Yep, that’s the only reason anyone could be disappointed in his performance.

      And re: main topic, I have a friend in a major corp in SF. She came from nothing (not exagerrating), worked hard all her life, gets acosted by occupiers trying to go to work, and calls them spoiled, whiny lazybrats.

      So don’t say occupiers haven’t accomplished anything. They’re muses for new words–lazybrats–contributing to a truly American lexicon.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Are we still “waiting for it” ? It’s not as though we asked them “waiting for what?” and the response was … crickets.

    Even the very distructive A.L.F. and E.L.F. had clear political agendas (animal rights, the environment) and declared domestic terrorists. Though their targets were mainly the worst animal and environment abusers, it did lead to legistlation that made things better.

    The OWS goons seem to be only interested in themselves and t.v. cameras.

    I wouldn’t be looking for an apology any time soon 😦

  6. DandyTiger says:

    Just you wait. 🙂

  7. Apparently a lot of people just don’t “get it”.

  8. gxm17 says:

    Well, my view of OWS hasn’t changed. I still have no idea WTF they’re doing but I don’t dislike them. But then again, I’m a DC native so I’m used to strange people camping out on the sidewalks.

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    I was never an OWS supporter!!!!!!!! 😦

  10. yttik says:

    That poor Mayor in Oakland was sitting with her head in her hands, apparently trying to contact the OWS mothership and ask them to reign in their Oakland branch.

    The Seattle mayor, too, he’s very liberal and not only supported OWS, saw to it they got free pizza and coffee. Now he’s wringing his hands.

    I really don’t have much sympathy for either of them, but I have watched them both take sides with the OWSies, going so far as to criticize their own police forces, only to get thrown under the bus and pooped on. When you’re a city mayor your job is to represent the city, including your police force, your small business owners, etc. They both put politics before their jobs and they’re now paying the price.

  11. Underwhelmed says:

    Years ago, when I was in university, there was a student protest meeting held over cuts to one subject’s budget. The upset was reasonable, but I thought that smashing into the admins’ office and destroying everything in there (which was the proposed course of action) was terrible PR, not a good idea, and said so. After the meeting I had my life threatened. That was 3 decades ago. Oh look! Nothing has changed.

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