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Poll: 49% of Protesters Think the Bank Bailouts Were Necessary
Reason ^ | October 18, 2011 | Matt Welch

Posted on 10/19/2011 11:40:31 PM PDT by neverdem

Some fascinating survey data from Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen:

On Oct. 10 and 11, Arielle Alter Confino, a senior researcher at my polling firm, interviewed nearly 200 protesters in New York's Zuccotti Park. Our findings probably represent the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion.

Our research shows clearly that the movement doesn't represent unemployed America and is not ideologically diverse. Rather, it comprises an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence. Half (52%) have participated in a political movement before, virtually all (98%) say they would support civil disobedience to achieve their goals, and nearly one-third (31%) would support violence to advance their agenda.

The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed, and the proportion of protesters unemployed (15%) is within single digits of the national unemployment rate (9.1%).

An overwhelming majority of demonstrators supported Barack Obama in 2008. Now 51% disapprove of the president while 44% approve, and only 48% say they will vote to re-elect him in 2012, while at least a quarter won't vote.

Fewer than one in three (32%) call themselves Democrats, while roughly the same proportion (33%) say they aren't represented by any political party.

What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising...


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bailout; bailouts; occupy; occupywallstreet; ows; tarp
There's a video and links at the source.
1 posted on 10/19/2011 11:40:36 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

What percent are mental?

I think that is a more relevant poll.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 11:42:28 PM PDT by occamrzr06 (One day this will all make sense!)
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To: neverdem
Instead of polling 'em, let's give 'em IQ tests.

I'd like to see that data.

3 posted on 10/19/2011 11:43:02 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: neverdem

They better get to work so I can get my free stuff...


4 posted on 10/19/2011 11:51:38 PM PDT by DB
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To: neverdem

I would guess the percentage of protesters there for the free food and grass is at 100%. These children have no idea what they are talking about.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 11:54:32 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: neverdem

The Tea Party is more anti-Wall Street than the communist OWS zombies.


6 posted on 10/19/2011 11:58:41 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: neverdem

Gee, Jerry Doyle said, just tonight, that they’re just like Tea Partiers. Truly don’t know why I listen to him.


7 posted on 10/20/2011 12:22:11 AM PDT by Eagles6
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To: neverdem

My advice to anyone who supports OWS, TINSTAAFL, there is no such thing as a free lunch. And for those who don’t get it, BOHICA, bend over, here it comes again.


8 posted on 10/20/2011 12:31:36 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: occamrzr06
What percent are mental?

Is that a trick question?

:-P

9 posted on 10/20/2011 12:35:02 AM PDT by South40 ('Heartless' since 1957)
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To: DB
They better get to work so I can get my free stuff...

And pie! I didn't my pie did you?

10 posted on 10/20/2011 12:40:44 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Bull crapola.


11 posted on 10/20/2011 12:54:29 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Lazlo in PA
If the "gimmes" take it to the extreme and come down my way into South County suburbs. We have a plan, mostly be on our rooftops (high ground) and shutting off our street ath the end with cars and other barricades.

After a short black out in the Southwest, we local folks learned and decided we are going to defend our livelihoods and our families and properties like never before. I actually had a few guys come to my house to try and take my hand crank radio. My buddy next to me pull out his Glock and they went away. But that's how quick civilization can deteriote.

Make note local Police, Sheriffs, State Police, and Homeland Security. It's already been decided. We know you guys will be scrambling around to deal with all the rioting looting f*cks, and wish you the best. But if they come our way...

We will be forming citizen protective militias to protect our families while you're busy or overwhelmed. Once they get through with their inner city looting, they will be heading towards us, if the emergency lasts long enough. It will be the same as the Koreans on top their stores during the Rodney King riots when the police were pulled back and made impotent.

I KNOW many of my neighbors and we have a plan. It will be cut off our cul-de-sac street and shoot to kill anyone who tries to invade/pass without permission. We have the 2nd Amendment right to protect ourselves and families while you are busy elsewhere. Charge us later after killing those f*cks.

If things get to that point, we suggest you go home and protect your families. If you don't, we will. You're welcome. This is not idle threats. If they come, they get a fight. You LEO's may not be there, but we will fight for yours also. Their is no longer any discussion - this time we will fight if they come near. Charge us later if you like - good luck with that.

Think major earthquake, nuke in LA, or other mass killings. We are not going to sit by while the crazed looters/rapists/murders try to kill our women and children. You work with us or against us - your call. Still, the CHP family across the street will have me and others in front of them. He knows who he is and will probably be gone...I and others won't. We will be armed to the inth degree and shoot anyone who posses a real threat. And yes, we have a certain amount of chain-of-command, so no we won't be a mob.

12 posted on 10/20/2011 1:19:03 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (Long live PATRIOTIC PEOPLE POWER against any foreign or domestic totalitarians!)
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To: neverdem

>>The vast majority of demonstrators are actually employed<<

Where do (did?) they work that they can take so much time off to demonstrate? Must be government employees. I can’t imagine any private sector company that would give anyone that much time off.


13 posted on 10/20/2011 1:58:59 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: neverdem

I’d love to hear what parties the other 35% belong to but the author doesn’t think that’s important.

I wonder if those who responded to the poll were legally competent to respond at the time.


14 posted on 10/20/2011 2:21:58 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: neverdem

That can’t be right because the OWS folks say they are the 99%.


15 posted on 10/20/2011 2:30:02 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: neverdem

Government

16 posted on 10/20/2011 2:32:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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17 posted on 10/20/2011 3:12:20 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks neverdem.

File under "damage control". More of the same meme:
18 posted on 10/20/2011 3:25:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: neverdem

99.9% of the protesters do not have a clue regarding how the banks were actually bailed out.


19 posted on 10/20/2011 4:54:24 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: neverdem

I thought they were there to protest the bank bailouts?


20 posted on 10/20/2011 5:16:12 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: neverdem

Professional left wing agitators. Nothing like the tea party was and paying them any attention as if they are some spontaneous grassroots movement is a joke.


21 posted on 10/20/2011 5:30:56 AM PDT by Soul Seeker (I will work every day to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your lives as I can - Perry)
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To: neverdem

I go by there every day and want to protest these protestors but I have a frickin job...


22 posted on 10/20/2011 5:34:24 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: A Navy Vet

I am with you. Let these ill prepared and unarmed idiots go nuts. I know in my hamlet here in PA where there is a fair sprinkling of Gadsden flags around, that any BS will be kept to a minimum. Judging by the amount of gunfire in the area on any given weekend, people are getting their guns sighted and ready for such a situation. The last thing I worry about is the protesters going nuts.


23 posted on 10/20/2011 7:59:46 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: neverdem
What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas.

Sixty-five percent say that government has a moral responsibility to guarantee all citizens access to affordable health care, a college education, and a secure retirement—no matter the cost. By a large margin (77%-22%), they support raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, but 58% oppose raising...

And as evidence of the sterling success of left-wing socialist policies, let's take a look at Detroit for example....Wait... uhhhh let's go to another example, LA, Oakland, Newwark, Baltimore, Chicago, etc.....uhhhh any more questions? Discussion is over. Meeting adjourned.

24 posted on 10/20/2011 8:02:44 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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25 posted on 10/20/2011 9:25:03 AM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: neverdem

Schizophrenia is treatable. Maybe they should into lithium? Sure Obambi’s new health care will take care of the costs.


26 posted on 10/20/2011 9:56:08 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (PATRIOTIC PEOPLE POWER against any foreign or domestic totalitarians! I like lemonade stands.)
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To: Allegra

Do you know how to extract data when the denominator is zero?


27 posted on 10/20/2011 1:07:43 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

LOL - yes, those heads are pretty empty.


28 posted on 10/20/2011 2:51:12 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: SatinDoll

The Tea Party stands fiercely opposed to corrupt crony capitalism.

OWS obviously do not.

In this regard, and in this regard only, the Tea Partiers are more anti-Wall Street than the utterly phony baloney OWS communist vermin.


29 posted on 10/20/2011 4:25:34 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember

The OWS is opposed to the free market system, and capitalism in general. They support communisim, period.

The Tea Party is NOT at all like OWS.


30 posted on 10/20/2011 5:31:28 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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