New York Magazine Survey of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

Dear Commons Community,

New York Magazine did a brief poll of 100 Occupy Wall Street Protesters.  We can assume it is not a random sample.  Regardless, the results of some of the questions are interesting.  See below.


Are you …
Male: 66%
Female: 30%
“Other”: 4%

How old are you?
Under 20: 10
20–29: 50
30-39: 15
40-49: 9
Over 50: 2

Pick one: Capitalism …
Isn’t fundamentally evil; it just needs to be regulated: 46
Can’t be saved; it’s inherently immoral: 37
Didn’t answer: 17

What do you think of Obama?
I believed in him, and he let me down: 40
He’s doing great: 1
I never believed in him: 27
He’s doing the best he can: 22

Did you vote in the 2010 midterm elections?
Yes: 39
No: 55
No, but only because I wasn’t 18: 5

Rank yourself on the following Scale of Liberalism:.
Not liberal at all: 6
Liberal but fairly mainstream (i.e., Barack Obama): 3
Strongly liberal (i.e., Paul Krugman): 12
Fed up with Democrats, believe country needs overhaul (i.e., Ralph Nader): 41
Convinced the U.S. government is no better than, say, Al Qaeda (i.e., Noam Chomsky): 34

Has the occupation been a success so far?
79: “Yes. We’re still here.”
13: “No. We’re still here.”