In several polls, the results are the same: OWS has far more support than the Tea Party, which has generally negative net favorability
59% of people support OWS
CNN Opinion Research Poll This poll shows the Tea Party has 32% of the public supporting it and 47% viewing it negatively.
This Time poll shows the same picture: http://swampland.time.com/full-resul...011-time-poll/
54% Viewed OWS positively, 23% viewed OWS negatively, net rating at +31%
27% viewed Tea Party positively, 33% viewed Tea Party negatively, net rating at -6%
Also, in a poll done in conjunction with the conservative-leaning Wall Street Journal:
37% favor, and 18% oppose the Occupy Wall Street protesters : net of +19%
28% favor and 41% oppose the Tea Party: net of -13%
People keep talking about the protesters as if they represent the tiny extreme fringe, when in reality, the majority of Americans tend to support them, FAR more than the Tea Party.