A majority of Californians surveyed in a new Field Poll said they agreed with the underlying reasons for the Occupy protests but they aren't so sure about the Occupiers.
Forty-nine percent said they don't identify with the protestors, while 46 percent said they did.
This neatly matches the official response to Occupy protests in California cities.
Mayors and police chiefs have expressed support for Occupy's goals of ending income equality even as they have criticized the protestors' encampment and sought to remove them.
Taken together, the polling findings should make Occupiers reassess whether the encampments -- which they have described as central to their protests -- are helping, or hurting, their cause.
Targeted protests that keep the issue of inequality in the headlines may be more useful.