Poll: New Yorkers are bullish on Occupy Wall Street

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It’s not surprising that New York — a state dominated by Democrats — favors the Occupy Wall Street movement more than the tea party. But when it comes to political influence, nearly half of the state’s voters say the tea party will have a greater impact on the outcome of next year’s presidential election.

A NY1-Marist Poll released Tuesday found that more than twice the number of voters statewide describe themselves as Occupy Wall Street supporters than supporters of the tea party — 44% versus 21%.


The results of the poll of 1,030 adults surveyed last week also showed that New York is in step with the rest of the country. (New Yorkers being New Yorkers, they’d probably say that the rest of the country is in step with New York.)

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Several national polls have found overwhelming support for the anti-greed demonstrators who in mid-September began occupying a park a block from Wall Street. In a CBS-New York Times poll last week, 43% of Americans agreed with the views of the Occupy Wall Street movement; that poll also found widespread belief that money and wealth should be distributed more evenly in America.

In the New York poll, younger and more liberal voters were more likely to back the demonstrators than older, more conservative ones. As well, although there are many agendas driving the movement, three in four New York voters cited too much corporate greed as the main catalyst.


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-- Geraldine Baum in New York