Poll: Most New Yorkers side with protesters
October 17th, 2011
04:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Most New Yorkers side with protesters

New York (CNN) - New York City residents overwhelmingly approve of the month-old Occupy Wall Street movement centered in lower Manhattan, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Monday.

Almost three to one –67% to 23%– of those questioned say they agree with the views of the protesters who demonstrate daily near the city's financial nucleus of Wall Street.

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Party identification is a strong predictor of attitudes toward the movement, the poll found. Democrats agree with the protesters by a staggering 81% to 11% margin, while independents back them by a less lopsided 58% to 30%. Republicans disagree with the protesters, 58% to 35%.

Backing for the protesters was highest in Brooklyn and lowest in Staten Island, though in all five boroughs support exceeded 60%.

Majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans alike said that protesters should be able to stay and demonstrate as long as they want. "It's a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law," said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director Maurice Carroll, summarizing poll respondents' views.

A common criticism of Occupy Wall Street is that it lacks a cohesive message. But 72% of those questioned said they understand protesters' views "fairly well" or "very well."

Dustups between protesters and police have made repeated headlines in New York. City residents are evenly divided, 46% to 45%, in their opinion of the NYPD's handling of the demonstrators, though they approve of the NYPD's overall job performance 61% to 33%.

An ORC International Caravan Poll conducted last week found less pervasive support for Occupy Wall Street on the national level. Fifty-four percent of respondents in that poll had no firm opinion of the movement, while 27% agreed with protesters and 19% opposed.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,068 registered voters by telephone from October 12th to October 16th. It has a sampling error of +/- 3 percent.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I support the peaceful protests of thie demonstrators. I fear that agitators will infiltrate among the peaceful protesters and cause violence.

    Glen Beck made some ugly remarks last week, suggesting that the protesters wanted to cause physical harm to people in permanent ways. While I disagree with the delivery and choice of words, there is some truth behind them.

    Once power is acquired from one group to another, it is very rarely given up willingly. History shows us that that power is usually taken back by force. People who benefit from the status quo are feeling fearful, as well they probably should be.

    October 17, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Of course they do... Most of New York is liberal Democrats who just love losers like this bunch. I mean most of them still supported that pervert Weiner. That pretty much says it all.

    October 17, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Of course! To begin with, most New Yorkers and Californians are moronic idiots any way. Also, DO NOT compare these ignorant, acid head juveniles to the Tea Party. I never saw a Tea Party representative defecating on a police cruiser or attacking/fighting with law enforcement.

    Oh yes, I am a life-long Democrat that happens NOT to support President NObama's lies and smoke and mirror philosophy. My fellow Democrats should be ashamed to openly support such unpatriotic nonsense.

    Shame on President NObama, Bobble Head Pelosi, Whats-her-Man (the female Weiner), etc. etc.

    America, remember 2012. OK, NObamites, you may now come out of the woodwork!

    October 17, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  4. An Observation from North of the 49th

    Looks like the OWS movement isn't going away any time soon ........... too bad Mr. Cantor.

    October 17, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. normajean

    I have no faith in the polls at all but I think if we were able to get a huge legitamate poll we would find out that most Americans agree with the 'Occupy WallStreet"movement. It seem that we can't get the attention of the Repubs no matter what we do.!! Mitch McConnell dumped the presidents work program before he had even read it....If hitting the streets is what it takes.....we all say "GO FOR IT""

    October 17, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. John K.

    "Almost three to one –67% to 23%– of those questioned say they agree with the views of the protesters who demonstrate daily near the city's financial nucleus of Wall Street."

    And will someone please precisely explain what the views of the protesters are? I have yet to hear one of these nimrods offer a coherent position that did not involve taking from from someone who produces and give to someone who is not productive.

    October 17, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Sorensen

    Of course most New Yorkers agree. They are real people.
    The problem is with the GOP people. Half of them are frustrated. They are afraid of being too critical on the other
    hand they would love to arrest the whole bunch and put them in jail. The other half are just totally clueless.
    Cain would probably have a 4-4-4 solution! Romney would be for and against. The rest of them are by now totally
    irrelevant. The real problem is the fact that we have to listen to them for a long time yet.

    October 17, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Rick in OP

    If you are in a park protesting because your life sucks, then the real problem is probably that you suck at life in general.
    No other country in the world provides the opportunities for an individual to succeed like the United States. If you can't make it here then you are most likely a loser to begin with. Stop blaming other people for your failures.

    October 17, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. thomas

    So do most Californians !

    October 17, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Which way did he go George ?

    Yeah right. The .00001 % of the population stands out there and the media sensationalizes the idiots while the other 99.9999% of us try to exist. If the state directed media would just go home, so would the problem.

    October 17, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    A more cohesive message would certainly help, but that won't deter the tightie righties and others from denouncing it as unamerican/"a bunch of hippies" or some other moronic depiction. Of course they LOVE the Tealiban when they were starting out as a movement...old, white, xenophobic but this new idea threatens their cause and they don't like it so they'll use any means possible to discredit it

    October 17, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. rs

    I would tend to believe nearly 70% of the population WOULD support the OWS crowd. Why not? They support the 99% of Americans that Wall Street currently lords over. I equally believe the GOP/TP crowd would be against OWS- they don't care about Americans one bit- just corporations and the super-rich. Their policies say so, their public statements say so.

    October 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |