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article imageMore Americans are aware of the Occupy Wall Street movement

By KJ Mullins     Oct 13, 2011 in World
Almost half of Americans are now aware of the Occupy Wall Street movement according to a poll released today by ORC International.
Four in ten of those aware of what is going on agree with the movement's position on the financial system and the need for social change.
"If the coverage of Occupy Wall Street by the main stream media continues to increase and the crescendo of social dialog does not abate, we may be seeing the beginning of a movement that is tapping into the frustration of everyday Americans. The movement's future is going to be highly dependent on its ability to focus its message and prove its relevance to Main Street. Failure to do so may result in a short-lived movement," says Jeffrey Resnick, Global Managing Director of Innovation and Strategy.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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The social media aspect of the event which is now receiving global coverage peaked on October 6 after President Obama responded to the movement. Since that time the movement has seen steady Social Media conversation decline.
The public's view of the event is evenly split, with 39 percent positive, 33 percent negative, and 28 percent having a mixed sentiment according to the poll which interviewed 1005 American adults via telephone.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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One group that is standing behind the Occupy Wall Street movement is the Association of Flight Attendants (CWA). In a statement released on Tuesday the organization stated that they stand behind those 99 percent of Americans that are working harder than ever and demand that an end to the era of executive greed and corporate interests." CWA also said that they are inspired by the protesters who are taking a stand for social and economic justice and are proud to join the movement.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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"As the world's largest Flight Attendant union, we stand beside our sisters and brothers who are participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement in cities across the country on behalf of workers and middle class America.
"For years, Flight Attendants have fought against corporate greed as airline management decimated our pensions, contracts and health care for their own golden parachutes. Instead of investing in their front line workers, executives have taken millions in bonuses and compensation, and strategically used bankruptcy law loopholes to exert drastic cuts in pay and benefits from employees."
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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One expert, Grassroots Political Influence Expert Analyst Amy Showalter, author of "The Underdog Edge" says that the protestors are making the wrong political moves.
Basing her opinion on years of research with former Congress members and over 1,000 interviews she said that underdog teams can win but they need cohesive team leaders, something she is not seeing within the various Occupy Wall Street groups.
"If you want the advantage of the underdog mantle, you can't have a huge amount of resources. The presence of labor unions contradicts that rule of successful underdog persuasion," she said in a statement adding, "The Internet is great for getting the word out but it is not effective for getting people who disagree with you to change their mind. If you want to change someone's mind who is up the food chain from you, that always requires a face-to-face, live interaction."
She advises the group to find a pack leader who is interested in team winning and not personal victory.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City  NY. October 09  10  12  2011.
Occupy Wall Street at Liberty Square in New York City, NY. October 09, 10, 12, 2011.
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