New Yorkers support OWS, survey says

Majorities from both major political parties recognize protesters' right to assemble

Topics: Occupy Wall Street,

New Yorkers support OWS, survey saysA demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street march past a family dining at an outdoor restaurant, Saturday. (Credit: AP/Mary Altaffer)

New Yorkers support Occupy Wall Street by a 3-to-1 margin.

That’s the big takeaway from a new Quinnipiac University survey measuring the opinions of city locals toward the month-old protest movement. Support does split down party lines, though Republicans seem significantly more conflicted on the matter: A full 30 percent of Republican New Yorkers support the movement, while only 10 percent of Democrats find themselves opposed.

A Quinnipiac press release breaks down the results further:

Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 – 11 percent and independent voters 58 – 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 – 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.

New York City voters say 72 – 24 percent, including 52 – 41 percent among Republicans, that if the protesters obey the law, they can stay as long as they wish.

Additionally, despite persistent claims that protesters haven’t clearly enough defined their objectives, 72 percent of respondents said they understood the views of Occupy Wall Street protesters either “very well” or “fairly well,” while only 10 percent responded “not well at all.”

Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.

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