New Yorkers support anti-Wall Street protests: poll

NEW YORK Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:24pm EDT

1 of 5. An Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator stands 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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anneshelby wrote:
Why is the mayor so bent out of shape. They are peaceful protesters. We support the Arab revolution, but suppress protesters in our own country. How dumb is that? This group is a real movement, not loud mouthed fanatics bent on destroying the government. Wake up republicans, join the real world, talk show host politics is not real. Continue to attack America and America will destroy you. USA.

Oct 17, 2011 11:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
limapie wrote:
Protest is necessary to address corporate greed.

Look at these stats:
(quoted from BusinessWeek Oct 17-23, 2011 issue pg 19)

–take home pay fell .3 % in Aug 2011, the 3rd decrease in five months
–Census Bureau reports 2010 median household income fell to
lowest level in more than a decade
–Census Bureau reported poverty hit a 17 year high at 15.1% of
the 310 million people in the US.
–Sentier Research reported that those NOT in the labor force
faired better than those who were working. example
retired social security payments adjusted for inflation
while workers wages are falling behind inflation

United Parcel Service is in direct competition with the United Postal Service and pretty much putting the USPS out of business.
In July 2011, the CFO of UPS BRAGGED to investors how they were
giving their workers the shaft. He said that UPS had “a very reasonable contract in place that will show modest, below-inflation increases in wages.”
The reason for the shafting contract? Not sure of future demand
and a glut in the labor force.

NO, the reason for making work a going-backward-going-nowhere-dead-end-street activity for their employees is corporate greed. UPS KNOWS what future demand will be because the USPS is going under.

If people can’t have personal economic growth through their labors, then the WHOLE NATION can’t have economic growth! DAH!

It isn’t a sin to justly share! And protesting injustice is the
only way to get the message across to the business guys who can’t stand up cause their pockets are too loaded!

Oct 18, 2011 8:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
forteinjeff wrote:
While some of todays financial woes are because our current president making certain decisions in favor of the super wealthy (extending the capitol gains tax reduction for example), many of the new debt was added because of bills signed by Bush 43. Check the numbers for yourself. Of course Obama is doing the same thing so what’s new? It doesn’t matter that the middle class is evaporating so long as the super rich get a bigger yacht – at least that’s how it looks to me. *** Composed in the study in my home, not my mothers basement ***

Oct 18, 2011 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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