Saturday, October 29, 2011

OWS is mostly a bunch of liberals, unionists, students, Socialists and moochers

Only 30% of OWS protesters have full-time jobs. This is a main difference between OWS and the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party couldn't occupy anyplace tong-term because they had jobs, families to support and taxes to pay.
(NY Times) — 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. [...]
Two-thirds of the survey respondents have attended college, and 25 percent are currently students. Thirty percent have full-time jobs and 18 percent are employed part-time. Forty percent are members of a union household. (Nationally, in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 58 percent of the general public have attended college and 62 percent are employed, either full-time or part-time.)
This survey found only 2 percent were Republicans and 60% voted for Barack Obama. Based on the demographics (80% liberal), I can't imagine the other 40% voted Republican in 2008. Most likely, they were too lazy to vote at all.

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