OAKLAND (CBS 5) — A newly released KPIX-TV CBS 5 poll shows Bay Area support for the so-called ‘Occupy’ movement is on a downward spiral after recent violent demonstrations in Oakland that resulted in over 400 arrests and significant damage to City Hall.

The poll, conducted for CBS 5 by the firm SurveyUSA, found 26 percent of Bay Area residents who said that they used to support the Occupy movement had now changed their minds.

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In addition, almost half (32 percent) of those who initially supported the Occupy movement said that they don’t like Occupy’s current activities.

But perhaps the poll’s biggest finding is that 71 percent indicated they do not support the movement taking over vacant buildings, like protesters tried to do with Oakland’s long-closed Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center over the weekend.

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When it comes to Oakland police response during recent protests, survey respondents were split: 35 percent said police were handling the protesters just about right, while 33 percent said police weren’t being harsh enough and 28 percent thought officers were too harsh.

The poll of 500 adults in the Bay Area was conducted on Monday and has a margin of error of 4.1 to 4.5 percentage points.

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Comments (17)
  1. Tours Martel says:

    Oh dear, censored again for telling the truth.

  2. geneL says:

    The Anarchists et al don’t care about polls. This is their moment in the sun and their chance at violent revolution. Americans can’t seem to understand that the Anarchists, who have been around for hundreds of years are just bent on causing havoc. They don’t care how much it costs us little people (99%’rs), it is just them doing their thing and then using our legal system to stymy any attempts to corral them in.

    1. ms says:

      what an idiot! you don’t even know what a terrorist is!!! comparing Occupier w/ Osama bin Laden?? Dope!

  3. mike says:

    The Occupy Movement never had a clear direction, leadership, goals, and they certainly weren’t trying to move foward with a well thought out plan. They are just a bunch of angry people that sit around and talk, but dont walk the walk. It is about time that people show them how little support this movment as roped over.

    1. m says:

      NO….Occupy does not now or ever had a “leadership” or “goals”…why are you saying that??? Sit around and “talk”??? Feeding thousands of free meals, providing free medical care and free housing in safety? That is “talk” to you??? Shows how little you know about what Occupy is and does. Pull yourself away from the tv and get out and see for yourself.

  4. Richard says:

    500 people who are still using land lines said they were afraid of Occupy. Nice surveying there. Gosh, that’s almost fewer than those who were mass-arrested by OPD.

  5. Former viewer, Julie Hall says:

    I used to have a lot of respect for your news broadcast, but in recent years I’ve come to find most of it to be skewed and slanted. Your “poll” sounds just as bogus to me, like the filtered, highly-censored “news” you broadcast on not just Occupy, but many subjects. You don’t tell us the truth, you only tell us what your SPONSORS, and your sponsors’ STOCKHOLDERS, want you to tell us.
    Good try, CBS, but like the above poster said, only those with land lines and telephones with circular dials on them are going to believe a mainstream media poll on “public opinion” regarding the Occupy Movement. Where was your “poll” conducted? Woodside? Hillsborough? Saratoga? Or some other bastion of the privileged One Percent? I no longer waste my time watching your program. If I want to know truth about what’s REALLY happening, I watch streaming live video in real time, not the watered-down pablum your station and others like it spoon-feed their viewers.

  6. J says:

    “In addition, almost half (32 percent) of those who initially supported the Occupy movement said that they don’t like Occupy’s current activities.” In what universe is 32%, (less than 1/3) considered “almost half”

  7. Beverly Hills says:

    It’s time to move forward. Not move “on”. Move “forward” You’ve made your statement.

  8. Sheila M., CA says:

    Lost my respect for KCBS altogether now with your lies about Occupy Oakland & SF. Poll is also more evidence of your bias & hatred for all Occupy. I was at the ports, dwntn Oak, and at SF when bently dlr windows were broken, and I saw black masked people who were nowhere around earlier in the process came out of nowhere, appx the time riot police arrived, and started smashing windows to the horror of the rest of us PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATORS.

  9. Get Real says:

    Like Wilson; the Vet; who lost his legs protesting the military. KPIX %; makes him into a hero and supporting the Occupy People. Sheilia M; you are blind; all of the damage and vandalism was from the Socialists and Commies you support!