NEW YORK (
) -- More than two months after it started, the Occupy Wall Street movement has had its share of setbacks, with the removal of tarps and tents from Zuccotti Park proving to be somewhat of a dampener to their presence in downtown Manhattan.
The movement continues to draw criticism for its lack of leadership and its failure to put forth a set of well- conceived demands.
Still, some opine that Occupy Wall Street has kick-started a conversation about inequality in the nation, which might be its biggest success, even as it searches for a unified voice and an agenda for reform.
Indeed, readers of
agree that the protesters might be able to achieve some of their demands. In a
poll conducted over the past month, readers were asked which occupy wall street demand they thought had the biggest chance of succeeding.
Interestingly, 41% of the readers thought that the movement will succeed in winning a ban on political campaign contributions. One of the protesters' chief complaints seems to be that the 1% who are rich and powerful wield an undue influence in policymaking.
Still, it was actually the demand that seemed least likely to succeed, considering that the Supreme Court already blocked the ban on political spending by corporations in early 2010.
Readers also felt that demands for a massive infrastructure spending package would most likely get past Congress, with the idea of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill winning 18% of the votes.
Demands to raise the capital gains tax and create new student loan programs that target debt forgiveness got roughly the same number of votes.
Imposing tariffs on all imported goods got the least amount of votes, suggesting that readers don't believe a return to a closed economy will solve any problems.
--Written by Shanthi Bharatwaj in New York
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