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Occupier survey spells trouble for President Obama

Occupier survey spells trouble for President Obama

From the New York Times:

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. Eleven percent identified as Socialists, another 11 percent said they were members of the Green Party, 2 percent were Republicans and 12 percent say they identified as something else.

Questionnaires handed out by Dr. Panagopoulos’s team of 15 interviewers throughout the park were completed by 301 adults from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18. “I followed the academic protocols that colleagues of mine adopted in the past to survey demonstrations,” he said.

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

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2 Responses to Occupier survey spells trouble for President Obama

  1. Christine October 30, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    The sad part about this is that, I believe, they will not vote for him, not because he has done so much harm, but because he has not done enough harm. He has not instituted enough social programs for these people.

  2. Jesse October 30, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    I think the Occupiers should run their own presidential candidate. That way America and the protesters themselves can see that the majority doesn’t support their cause. Right now these Occupiers believe everyone is behind them because of the protests going on around the nations. I believe the people protesting are just local liberals with too much time on their hands. If they run a presidential candidate it will prove that they have no support because common sense will prove their candidate would not stand a chance of winning.

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