OWS Supporters Less Likely To Vote Than Tea Partiers

Although roughly the same proportions of Americans support the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement, there’s one crucial difference: OWS supporters are twice as likely to be unregistered to vote. Although OWS is starting to make GOP strategists quake in their boots, this gap in voter registration could be particularly problematic for the upstart movement.

These numbers come from the Public Religion Research Institute, which finds 15% of Tea Partiers are not registered to vote, compared to 27% of OWS supporters. Both groups are supported by 23% of Americans, meaning that despite the fact that they are social counterweights, politically things might skew conservative. When it comes to the upcoming elections, this conservative tilt could be catastrophic for our country.

This ties into a common critique of the OWS movement — that it is insufficiently oriented around the reality of policy-making. PRRI blogger Amelia Thomson-Deveaux hones in on this issue, arguing that “the protesters will need to find allies among elected officials (presumably within the Democratic party) if they want to be successful in changing the existing economic and political order.”

Indeed, given how powerful the Tea Party has become on the beltway, it stands to reason that OWS could wield similar power — as long as it can get more of its supporters registered. This is especially important for the 2012 election, where new voting laws are expected to disenfranchise traditional liberal constituencies – and even a 96-year old woman. As the Occupy camps are winding down, this revelation about the gap in voters should trigger a second wave of Occupy activism — in getting out the vote.

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Michael C.
Michael C.4 years ago

These Tea Party members would vote Mickey Mouse for President, if they thought that they could make a buck, then they would ship more American jobs to those Chinese sweat shops.

The Tee Pee Party is largely made up of losers's, not true Americans, they buy Chinese made American flags and wave it around a bit, all the while, they have their eye on the prize, to become of the 1%, the greed mongers. The TeePee Party members are a threat to the very survival of this Republic, because they are traitors, sell-outs, with little true conviction.

Obama may not be the best man for the job, but have any of looked to the right...their so WRONG.

As for Occupiers being, as one of the TeePee Party member sought to point out, "clearly a mixed group of people who have different reasons for being a part of this movement." Wrong as usual, try not to cling to your words, so tightly, try reading them. Try driving to an Occupy site, in your oversized SUV, get out and talk to some of the people, given your past words, you could learn something about life and those who live it.

On the other hand, the Occupy Movement is about different reasons for being part of the movement, given the multitude of disasters and self-inflicted wounds suffered under the Bush Regime.

Mike C, your back and you brought DO with you. How was the Tea Party, next time try the Kool Aid, Herman Cain says it was wonderful and it worked for him.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

Thats exactly right. They see both parties as being bought by the Too Big To Fail businesses.
No Bank or Business should be too big to destroy our nation if they fail. Our representatives should be there doing the people's business. Not Exxons or BOA exclusively.

Diane O.
Diane O.4 years ago

I totally disagree that the OWS protestors are happy with Barack Obama. They are clearly a mixed group of people who have different reasons for being a part of this movement. I believe we'll find that there are just as many Obama non-supporters as there are those who actually support Obama. This is what makes this movement "unique" IMO.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm4 years ago

I agree Diane. We have had 3 years of the crappiest leaders in the Congress that we ave ever had. All they have done is ban aboritions 10 different ways and make sure everyone gets to pick on gays………oh and of course claim corporations are people.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

If you support the movement, you should know what you are supporting and if you take the time to find out what it is all about, you are more likely to take the time to vote as well. If you are actually one of the protesters, you DID take the time to get involved and are even MORE likely to actually vote, otherwise you're just becoming part of the problem.

Ignorance played a big part in creating this, don't let ignorance be the downfall of this movement, take the time to educate yourself and take the time to vote.

Frances C.
Frances C.5 years ago

The people I have spoke to at the 99% rallies are absolutely going to vote. And they will vote for the reelection of President Obama.

Mark Stevenson
Mark S.5 years ago

The OWS movement is meaningless if the same people in the movement don't all vote (those that are legally able to vote, that is) It's like if Wal-Mart sold me an item and it was defective. I could whine and cry to the public all I want, but the only think that's going to get me a replacement or refund is going back to WM and getting it. If they refuse, I just call their home office. Then I get my way. :) Action speaks louder than words.

Diane O.
Diane O.5 years ago

MikeC, we've seen what three years without a strong leader can do to a country. We can't repeat this mistake in 2012.

Marie W.
Marie W.5 years ago

Don't vote, don't front a candidate, no plans?- oh well just crawl back into the cans.

Mike Chrissie
Mike Chrissie5 years ago

David, Toby is correct, your problem is you have forgot that a good president is a leader, I know it's been a while that you have experienced presidential leadership
Paul would because a leader, something Obama has failed to do