New Yorkers support anti-Wall Street protests: poll

NEW YORK Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:37pm EDT

1 of 7. An Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator holds a sign in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York October 17, 2011.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anti-Wall Street protests have won broad support among New York City voters, who would overwhelmingly favor tougher regulations on the financial industry, new poll results showed on Monday.

Sixty-seven percent of those who responded to a Quinnipiac University survey said they agreed with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, who are upset that banks were allowed to earn huge profits after being bailed out during the recession, while average Americans remained under financial strain.

An even wider margin, 87 percent, agreed with the protesters' right to camp out in Lower Manhattan, as long as they obeyed the law. The movement began staging rallies more than a month ago.

Support for the protests was split down party lines, with 81 percent of the Democrats saying they backed them, while only 35 percent of Republicans said so.

The protests have spread across the country and moved overseas over the weekend. While most rallies were relatively small, violence flared in Rome where tens of thousands of people came into the streets.

The movement's focal point, however, has been New York, where protests have been largely peaceful. Still, less than half of those surveyed approved of the way police have handled the demonstrations, after several episodes in which force has been used on protesters.

The largest block of voters, 37 percent, blamed former President George W. Bush's administration for the nation's economic problems, while 21 percent blamed banks. Seventy-three percent said they would support tougher government regulation.

The Oct 12-16 poll of 1,068 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

(Reporting by Paul Thomasch; Editing by Paul Simao)

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NewAmericaNow wrote:
Why did the founding fathers give government so little power? Because throughout history big governments always become corrupt. The government has broken every law in the Constitution. It has interpreted peoples rights for them essentially removing all freedom in the veil of security and for your own good. Such a system can be bought because it controls human action and allows some to have legal advantage over others to break the law. Turning to the mob to control crime is ridiculous. The only people the government regulates is the citizen. Banks and corporations have paid the mob for special favors. Wake up people, are you free or do you need the government to tell you what to do and think before a wrong has been committed. That was never it’s job.

Oct 17, 2011 3:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
patriot2011 wrote:
The banks and big institutions control us through debt. They’re not elected, they control us by issuing more and more debt.

Oct 17, 2011 3:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Innocentious wrote:
What you mean all the positive media coverage is shading peoples opinion? No WAY! Now ask the question, so what is this all about, and you will get a blank stare and the persons own belief. You mean it is easy to place your OWN belief on a gathering of people with none, get out of town.

Oct 17, 2011 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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