Article: Who are the Occupy Wall Street protesters? (including political breakdown)

There is an article in the NY Times that reveals a Fordham professor’s survey of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. Thanks to Independent Political Report for the story.

Summary of question about political party identification.
Of 301 adults who responded:

39% said they did not identify with any political party
24% said they were Democrats
11% identified as Socialists
11% said they were members of the Green Party
2% said they were Republicans
0% identified as being Tea Party
12% percent say they identified as something else

[Note: The above were the only choices given. The Libertarian Party was not a choice.]

(excerpt from) The Caucus at The NY Times
Occupy Protesters Down on Obama, Survey Finds
by Marjorie Connelly / October 28, 2011, 1:56 pm

Zuccotti Park in New York’s financial district is decked out with posters and signs for the wide array of political viewpoints of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The six-week-old movement has several Web sites to promote various perspectives. But just who are these protesters? What is their political ideology? Do they have jobs?

Costas Panagopoulos, a professor of political science at Fordham University, recently conducted a survey of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York.

Dr. Panagopoulos described the protesters as “disgruntled Democrats.” Sixty percent of those surveyed said they voted for Barack Obama in 2008, and about three-quarters now disapprove of Mr. Obama’s performance as president. A quarter said they were Democrats, but 39 percent said they did not identify with any political party…

In the survey, 80 percent described themselves as liberal; half of those said they were extremely liberal…

…almost all — 97 percent — disapprove of how Congress is doing its job.

Three in 10 of the Occupy Wall Street protesters picked unemployment as the most important problem facing the country, by far the top response. Ten percent said health care, followed by the federal deficit and government spending (9 percent) and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (9 percent)…

The original survey can be found at the Fordham website:
here

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