‘Occupiers’ defy simple descriptions

They’ve been called “mobs” by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and a “wooly headed horde” by Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review. President Obama’s former White House adviser Van Jones says they’re “middle America rising up.” Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says they need a bath.

Whatever you call them and however you characterize them, the tens of thousands of members of the Occupy movement, which has spread to more than 100 U.S. cities, are as hard to categorize as the movement itself.

To judge from surveys and interviews at Occupy encampments and demonstrations, the Occupiers are, as Samuel Molik of Occupy Tulsa put it last week, “normal people” — only younger, better educated, more liberal and less politically affiliated. They’re more likely to be male, and less likely to be employed.


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