Monday, October 17, 2011

Polling the Occupy protesters

Some polling and profiling of participants in the Occupy Wall Street Movement in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal:

The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies. 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.

Read the article in full. It's written by Douglas Schoen, a former pollster for President Bill Clinton. 
Schoen makes the case Democrats are making a blunder by aligning too closely with the Occupy crowds.

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