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Poll: Washington to blame more than Wall Street for economy
USA Today

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken last weekend, as the Occupy Wall Street protest movement completed its first month, found that when asked whom they blame more for the poor economy, 64% of Americans name the federal government and 30% say big financial institutions.

The poll shows that most Americans are paying attention to the protest movement. But most don’t know enough to take a position. Even among those who have followed the protests closely, 43% don’t know enough to say whether they support or oppose the movement’s goals.

Support for the Tea Party movement and its conservative agenda is roughly the same as Occupy Wall Street’s, the poll found. About a fifth of Americans (22%) describe themselves as Tea Party supporters and 27% as opponents. Almost half (47%) say they’re neither.

Asked what the wealthiest 1% of Americans — the ones excoriated by Occupy Wall Street —should pay in taxes as a percentage of their income, more than a quarter of people — 28% — have no opinion. Another 21% say the richest should pay 10% or less, and only 18% say they should pay more than 30%.