99% Rising - Poll Shows 67% of New Yorkers Support the "Occupation" [Updated]

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A poll released Tuesday showed widespread support among New Yorkers for the Wall Street "occupation," despite sustained criticism from Mayor Michael Bloomberg about its impact on working class New Yorkers given the city's dependence on tax revenue from Wall Street.

Sixty-seven percent of New Yorkers said they "generally agree... with the protesters' views," while just 23% said they generally disagree. The poll seemed to show Gothamites were clearly receiving the protesters' message, despite objections in the press and elsewhere that the lack of concrete demands and clear leaders had obscured the movement's ideas and goals. 72% of New Yorkers said they "understand the views of the protesters" "very well" (29%) or "fairly well" (43%), and those numbers were fairly consistent across party lines.

Just 21% of New Yorkers agreed with the mayor's contention that the protests are harming the city's economy, while about as many New Yorkers thought the protests were helping. Most respondents, 58%, didn't think they were having an impact either way.

"I think the poll shows that unlike the corporate media, New Yorkers, like regular people all over the country, understand exactly what it is OWS is about, and they clearly support it," said Jeff Smith, one of the occupation's liaisons with the press.

"I've been wondering for years why a politician didn't take this route," said Smith, pointing to the high level of popular support.. "It shows you how powerful the moneyed interests are."

The poll also showed support for increased regulation and high taxes among New York Republicans, 76% of whom said that had been following the protests closely. Just 35% of that group said that generally agreed with the occupiers' views, but 73% though it was "OK that they are protesting," and 52% said they should be allowed to stay infinitely so long as they obeyed the law. Fifty-five percent of New York Republicans backed the extension of the state "millionaire's tax" set to expire at the year's end, while just 38% wanted to see it expire, and 48% supported "tougher government regulations of banks and Wall Street firms", while just 40% opposed such measures.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,068 registered voters was conducted live and over landlines and cell phones from October 12-16 found that 87% of New Yorkers are "okay that they are protesting," while just 10% didn't think it was "okay." And while New Yorkers were evenly split on the New York Police Department's handling of the protests, they continue to hold high views of the NYPD overall, approving of how they "are doing their job" by nearly two-to-one.

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Johnsmith69
Johnsmith69

ONLY 1% OF THE 99% WILL OCCUPY WALL STREET OR RISE AGAINST THE NWO

Scott Gingold
Scott Gingold

What confuses me most about the OWS movement is the location of it.

We have 4 branches of government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial and of course Lobbyists-the ones who really write the legislation that senators & congressmen vote on, and presidents sign off on.

Wall Street, the Bankers and the large multi-national corporations are just tools for our elected officials. If the Occupy movement really wants to send a message, they need to "occupy" the front lawns at the homes of ALL of our congressmen, senators and of course our President. Back in the day people use to chain themselves to the White House gates in protest. That sent a message, for better or worse.

Does the Occupy movement really think that the Wall Street barrons will one day look out at the crowds and say "gee, I get it, I am going to give up all (or a huge portion) of my personal wealth and my company's holdings"?

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

"Wall Street, the Bankers and the large multi-national corporations are just tools for our elected officials."  Completely ass-backwards.

"Wall Street, the Bankers and the large multi-national corporations" donates 10s of millions to Congress critters to get the deregulation that allowed them to rape and pillage the global economy.  Period.  If you don't see that, you're a useful idiot.

If we just go back to Reagan's tax rates, we'll get some of their ill-gotten gains back.

Bobdidit
Bobdidit

96% of the 99% said that they felt as if 50% of the 1% would agree that free pot was the answer to the question. However of those actually asked, fully 37.4% couldn't remenber what the question was and another 29.3% didn't care. Well there you have it Steve...

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Tee-hee.  Hippie-punching humor.  So 1972, grandpa.   You need your Depends changed yet?

Badpress
Badpress

If we get rid of the bankers and Wall Street who is going to pay the taxes so we can get free shit?

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

Me.  And the tens of millions of other people in successful non-fucking-Wall-Street businesses.  There are other forms of business, idiot.

If Wall Street and the bankers hadn't been so incompetent with their jobs, there'd be millions more people still employed and paying taxes.

(Of course I realize that you're parroting the dipshit 'winger lie about how only income tax counts as tax, regressive sales taxes are ignored because, well, you're a lying winger asshole who feels perfectly comfortable lying to make a point.)

Alswearengenspenis
Alswearengenspenis

I thought the sales tax was a flat tax and how exactly would a  progressive sales tax would work. Would folks be required to have a notarized copy of their tax returns to buy stuff? Or do you suggest maybe some special card for the bottom 50% who don't pay very much in income tax under your so-called regressive tax system? We could call it the free loader card, but if we did that then what would you have to bitch about? Would kinda take the fun out of it wouldn't it?

ballyho
ballyho

and yet the media will continue to ignore it or try to make them look like kooks. they are the 1%

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