KCNA, the official state news agency of North Korea, has another report out on the Occupy Wall Street protest movement describing polls that show “vast majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the Wall Street.”
The Korean Central News Agency of DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), first checked in on Occupy Wall Street on October 17 with a dispatch calling the protests “an eruption of the wrath on the greed of capital and economic inequality” that “shows the reality of the capitalist system put in peril.” Their latest dispatch cites a recent CNN/ORC poll.
“Eight in 10 of those surveyed say Wall Street bankers are greedy, 77 percent say they’re overpaid, and two-thirds say they are dishonest,” reads KCNA’s article on the poll.
Kim Jong Il’s infamously anti-American regime may have a soft spot for Occupy Wall Street, but they’re far less tolerant of activism in their own country. North Korea has banned citizens who worked in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt from returning home for fear they might spread news of the Arab Spring uprisings that could encourage similar protests.
KCNA’s motivations for covering demonstrations against the financial industry might not be pure, but the numbers are real. The CNN poll also found that 54% of Americans say they have no trust in Wall Street, compared to 30% in 1990. Despite the anger at the financial industry, CNN also found just 32% of Americans have a favorable view of the Occupy Wall Street protests, 29% view them unfavorably. According to the poll, 26% of Americans haven’t heard of Occupy Wall Street. In New York, recent polls show 58% of locals support the protests.