I’m a data guy. I admit it. It’s much easier than being dogmatic. Just review the data, and it will generally tell the story. I’ve had my opinions on the “Occupy Anywhere” folks, assuming that they were leftists. Now comes the data (Oh, I was right)…
Douglas Schoen, a veteran Democratic Party pollster, sent a researcher from his polling firm down to Zuccotti Park last week to conduct a professional survey of the protesters in New York. Now, surveys error margins require two things that many polls today fail to achieve: a random sample and honest answers. I expect that since the researcher was actually in the crowd that he was able to get a random sample of “protesters”. I question the honest answers a bit since answering questions in front of others can lead to responses designed to elicit group approval. But, I’ll give the researcher the benefit of the doubt.
The full results can be found here.
28% are over 40 — aka former hippies or Woodstock wannabes, perhaps?
0% are Republicans — I’m shocked! Shocked!
1/3 are unaffiliated or are Democrats. In other words, fully 66% don’t belong to any organized political party! (See Will Rogers).
74% of those who voted in 2008 voted for the President — Again, I’m shocked.
48% of those planning to vote in 2012 plan to vote for the President — oooh, bad news for the President. A 26% drop. Rick Perry is so happy.
52% have protested in the past. Ahhh, not a new movement, just former hippies & Woodstock wannabes…
——Now let’s get to the goals of the protests — and this is where the whole thing falls apart:
What frustrates you the most about the political process in the United
- 30% Influence of corporate/moneyed/special interests
- 21% Partisanship
- 15% Joblessness
- 7% Corruption [Charlie's note: good thing they're not in Delaware, NPR's 4th most corrupt state]
- 6% Income inequality
- 3% Our democratic/capitalist system
- 3% Stagnant middle class wages
- 2% Entrenched bureaucracy
- 2% Bush tax cuts
- 2% Obama abandoned left
- 2% Military spending
- 2% Federal Reserve
- 5% Everything
What would you like to see the Occupy Wall Street movement achieve?
- 35% Influence the Democratic Party the way the Tea Party has influenced the GOP
- 11% Break the two-party duopoly
- 9% Engage & mobilize Progressives
- 9% Promote a national conversation
- 7% Direct Democracy
- 5% Overhaul of tax system: replace income tax with flat tax
- 4% Radical redistribution of wealth
- 4% Dissolution of our representative democracy/capitalist system
- 4% Single payer health care
- 4% Pull out of Afghanistan immediately
- 8% Not sure