Thursday, October 6, 2011

Poll reveals armies of US dissidents

A new poll has found that 79 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the Washington-operated political system as popular protests continue to grow in the country from coast to coast. The survey, which has been conducted jointly by The Washington Post and ABC News, was published on Wednesday, the mainstream American daily reported. 

It also showed that popular disapproval of the US Congress had increased since July, reaching its highest level in more than two decades. Only 14 percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied with the performance of the lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The respondents gave US President Barack Obama an approval rating of 42 percent.

The rating was five points lower than a previous one awarded to him by the nation before he clashed with Republicans in early August. The struggle exposed new depths to the bipartisan disagreement as the two sides simply could not agree over the amount by which the country had to raise its debt limit to avoid defaulting on its astronomical national debt.

Only 35 percent of the sampled Americans approved of the commander-in-chief's handling of the country's economy. Meanwhile, the anti-corporatism protests, that erupted on September 17 in the country's financial district of Wall Street in New York, have found their way into several major cities across the country.

The movement is originally called Occupy Wall Street with the protesters seeking to literally take over the district until their demands are met. It has taken shape against the high unemployment, which stood at 9.10 percent for August, home foreclosures, and 2008 corporate bailouts among other things, while mainly raising objection to 'corporate greed.'

Several US unions, including the Transit Workers Union (TWU), Communication Workers of America (CWA), and Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) recently expressed their support for the nationwide protests.

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