House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Occupy Wall Street protesters were upset over a lack of employment prospects and government actions that were "not relevant to their lives."
"I think they are angry that they don't have jobs," Pelosi (D., Calif.) told ABC News' This Week program, scheduled for broadcast Sunday. "There's nothing that makes you angrier than not being able to provide for your family or understand what your prospects are for the future."
Americans' pessimism about the economy helped send President Obama's approval rating to 38 percent last week, the lowest of his presidency. The nation's jobless rate, which has been at 9 percent or higher since April, remained at 9.1 percent last month.