December 14, 2011 - New Yorkers Nix Mayor On Occupy Wall Street, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Living Wage 4 - 1

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New York City voters disapprove 51 - 42 percent of the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg handled the Occupy Wall Street protestors and give the Police Department a 50 - 46 percent positive grade for the way they handled the protests, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters approve 52 - 43 percent of the way the protests have been conducted.

Republicans give Mayor Bloomberg a split 50 - 48 percent approval rating on handling the protests, while disapproval is 53 - 40 percent among Democrats and 51 - 41 percent among independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men disapprove 55 - 40 percent while women tip against the mayor 47 - 44 percent. White voters also edge against Bloomberg 49 - 46 percent while disapproval is 54 - 40 percent among black voters and 55 - 38 percent among Hispanic voters.

There is almost no gender gap in approval of the way police handled the protests, but there is a wide racial gap as white voters approve 60 - 37 percent while black voters disapprove 59 - 36 percent. Hispanic voters are divided 47 - 50 percent.

Bloomberg gets an overall 49 - 42 percent job approval rating, virtually unchanged from his 47 - 42 percent score October 19. White voters approve 55 - 38 percent while disapproval is 46 - 41 percent among black voters with Hispanic voters split 44 - 43 percent.

"The Occupy Wall Street protestors outscored Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the eyes of New York City voters: The mayor gets a slightly negative grade for the way he handled the situation while the protestors get a slightly positive grade," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"New Yorkers like Mayor Mike personally and they sort of like his policies, but his job approval meanders far below those heady days late in his second term. Voters continue to think that he's lost his focus in this third term."

Voters like Bloomberg as a person 64 - 24 percent and like most of his policies 52 - 43 percent. But voters say 50 - 44 percent that the mayor has lost his focus in his third term.

New York City voters approve 44 - 41 percent of the way police handled the media during the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 66 - 24 percent job approval rating, 72 - 18 percent among white voters, 55 - 35 percent among black voters and 70 - 21 percent among Hispanic voters. The Police Department gets an overall 62 - 33 percent job approval rating.

New York City voters agree 68 - 24 percent with the views of the Occupy Wall Street protestors and say 81 - 15 percent that it's OK for them to protest.

Voters say 73 - 20 percent that the federal government should pursue policies that reduce the income gap, and support 75 - 19 percent tougher regulations on banks and Wall Street firms.

"Pretty much the whole city has followed the protest story. New Yorkers say they understand the message and more than two-thirds of them agree with it," Carroll said. "They'd like to see tougher regulation of banks and brokers. And they want to see a reduction in the income gap between rich and poor."

Living Wage

The "Living Wage" proposal currently before the New York City Council is a "good idea," voters say 74 - 19 percent. Support is 56 - 39 percent among Republicans, 83 - 11 percent among Democrats and 67 - 25 percent among independent voters.

Voters say 81 - 17 percent, including 60 - 39 percent among Republicans, that it is the government's responsibility to make sure workers are paid a decent wage.

New York City voters reject 56 - 36 percent the argument that a "Living Wage" bill would drive jobs out of the city. Women reject the argument 62 - 30 percent while men reject it by a narrower 49 - 44 percent.

"True to its image as a liberal town, New York gives big support to the City Council plan to require a "Living Wage" by companies that do business with the city. Does the government have an obligation to mandate a living wage? Overwhelmingly, voters say yes," Carroll said.

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,242 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              49%    57%    46%    49%    47%    50%    55%    41%    44%
Disapprove           42     37     45     39     44     40     38     46     43
DK/NA                 9      5     10     13     10      9      7     12     13
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              49%    44%    53%    51%    44%    44%    42%    49%    56%
Disapprove           38     46     40     39     49     42     48     44     38
DK/NA                13     10      7     10      7     14     10      7      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              40%    41%    55%    50%    42%    53%    51%    44%    49%
Disapprove           52     46     39     43     50     34     42     50     42
DK/NA                 8     13      7      7      8     13      6      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling his job as Mayor? (*High also 75% Oct 3 2008, Mar 2008, Jan 2007 & Nov 2005)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Sep 12  Jul 27  May 11  Oct 21  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2008*   2003
 
Approve              49      47      54      45      40      75      31
Disapprove           42      42      35      43      49      20      60
DK/NA                 9      11      11      12      10       6       8
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              66%    86%    59%    71%    68%    64%    72%    55%    70%
Disapprove           24      6     29     21     25     23     18     35     21
DK/NA                11      8     12      8      7     13     10     10      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              62%    64%    64%    69%    75%    61%    60%    68%    72%
Disapprove           25     24     23     24     16     24     32     24     22
DK/NA                12     12     13      6      8     14      8      9      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              67%    65%    66%    70%    65%    67%    63%    69%    70%
Disapprove           27     21     26     25     30     24     29     23     17
DK/NA                 7     14      8      5      5      9      8      8     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low   
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Jul 27  May 12  Mar 16  May 12  Jan 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2007  
 
Approve              66      66      67      71      67      71      52    
Disapprove           24      24      17      17      20      17      34    
DK/NA                11      10      16      13      13      13      14 
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              33%    30%    37%    28%    35%    31%    32%    37%    29%
Disapprove           34     38     32     35     30     38     30     38     39
DK/NA                33     32     31     37     35     31     39     25     32
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              34%    38%    29%    31%    29%    25%    41%    33%    39%
Disapprove           37     32     29     41     31     38     32     38     26
DK/NA                29     30     41     29     40     38     27     28     35
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              33%    31%    34%    37%    38%    31%    33%    36%    32%
Disapprove           35     33     35     42     45     42     36     32     24
DK/NA                32     36     31     21     17     27     31     31     44
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dennis Walcott is handling his job as New York City Schools Chancellor?
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Jul 27  May 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              33      39      37      31
Disapprove           34      33      24      21
DK/NA                33      28      39      48
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way - the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    88%    54%    68%    63%    62%    73%    47%    60%
Disapprove           33     11     41     28     34     33     23     46     37
DK/NA                 4      1      6      4      4      5      5      6      3
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              58%    57%    65%    65%    77%    61%    56%    59%    71%
Disapprove           35     38     30     33     19     34     42     38     25
DK/NA                 7      4      5      2      4      5      3      3      4
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              61%    61%    64%    65%    61%    61%    60%    61%    70%
Disapprove           36     35     32     32     36     36     38     32     28
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      3      3      2      7      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 14  Oct 17  Feb 18  Jun 17  May 8   Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2011    2011    2010    2009    2008    2002    2000
 
Approve              62      61      69      64      51      76      43
Disapprove           33      33      23      31      43      18      48
DK/NA                 4       6       8       5       6       6       9
 
 
9. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very satisfied        7%    10%     6%     7%     7%     6%     7%     5%     8%
Smwht satisfied      44     40     47     39     46     43     47     43     37
Smwht dissatisfied   30     30     30     34     28     33     31     29     35
Very dissatisfied    17     19     16     19     18     17     14     21     18
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      2      1      1      2      2
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very satisfied        5%     5%    11%     6%     5%     7%     2%     4%     9%
Smwht satisfied      41     45     53     41     29     38     42     43     56
Smwht dissatisfied   31     31     23     34     42     30     32     38     23
Very dissatisfied    20     18     12     18     24     23     23     14     12
DK/NA                 3      1      1      1      -      2      1      1      1
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very satisfied        3%     7%     6%     8%    10%     8%     7%     5%     6%
Smwht satisfied      43     38     49     44     40     47     47     43     44
Smwht dissatisfied   35     31     30     28     27     28     28     31     33
Very dissatisfied    16     22     14     20     22     15     18     20     15
DK/NA                 3      2      -      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                             VERY+SMWHT...
                                                             High    Low
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Sep 12  Jul 27  May 11  Feb 11  Jul 02
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    1998    2003
 
Very satisfied        7       6       9       8       6      18       7
Smwht satisfied      44      40      45      45      44      58      23
Smwht dissatisfied   30      34      29      29      28      18      32
Very dissatisfied    17      19      15      17      20       5      38
DK/NA                 1       1       2       1       1       1       1
 
 
15. Regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg's policies, would you say you like or don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Like                 64%    67%    63%    63%    63%    64%    60%    61%    73%
Don't Like           24     23     24     24     25     22     29     22     18
DK/NA                13     10     13     12     11     14     11     17      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 75%    57%    68%    64%    56%    64%    58%    60%    69%
Don't Like           18     26     24     23     29     21     32     28     21
DK/NA                 7     18      9     13     16     15     10     12     10
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Like                 55%    64%    64%    64%    61%    70%    64%    60%    66%
Don't Like           30     22     25     23     26     21     24     26     22
DK/NA                14     14     11     13     13      9     13     14     13
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg's policies, would you say you like or don't like Michael Bloomberg as a person?
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Sep 12  Jul 27
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 64      60      59      64
Don't Like           24      25      21      20
DK/NA                13      15      20      16
 
 
16. And regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Michael Bloomberg's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Like                 52%    63%    50%    51%    51%    53%    59%    42%    54%
Don't Like           43     33     47     41     44     42     36     52     43
DK/NA                 5      4      4      8      5      5      5      6      3
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Like                 55%    46%    61%    50%    46%    46%    45%    54%    63%
Don't Like           42     51     34     43     42     46     52     43     33
DK/NA                 3      4      5      6     12      9      3      2      4
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Like                 43%    44%    58%    55%    48%    55%    53%    51%    53%
Don't Like           52     48     39     43     48     40     43     45     42
DK/NA                 4      7      3      2      4      5      4      4      6
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Michael Bloomberg as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Michael Bloomberg's policies?
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Sep 12  Jul 27
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Like                 52      48      52      49
Don't Like           43      45      39      45
DK/NA                 5       7       9       6
 
 
17. Do you think Mayor Bloomberg has lost his focus or kept his focus during his third term?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Lost focus           50%    41%    54%    47%    51%    49%    47%    58%    52%
Kept focus           44     53     40     46     44     44     47     36     42
DK/NA                 6      6      6      7      6      7      6      5      6
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Lost focus           54%    53%    41%    53%    48%    49%    59%    52%    43%
Kept focus           41     42     52     42     38     39     36     44     54
DK/NA                 6      5      7      5     13     12      5      4      4
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Lost focus           58%    56%    45%    48%    55%    46%    47%    52%    55%
Kept focus           36     34     51     49     43     49     48     42     38
DK/NA                 6      9      4      3      2      5      5      6      7
 
TREND: Do you think Mayor Bloomberg has lost his focus or kept his focus during his third term?
                     Dec 14  Oct 19  Jul 27  May 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Lost focus           50      52      43      50
Kept focus           44      41      49      42
DK/NA                 6       7       8       8
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg has handled the Occupy Wall Street protests?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    50%    40%    41%    40%    44%    46%    40%    38%
Disapprove           51     48     53     51     55     47     49     54     55
DK/NA                 7      3      6      8      5      8      5      6      7
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              43%    38%    42%    48%    41%    40%    39%    40%    50%
Disapprove           48     56     52     46     51     50     56     55     47
DK/NA                 9      6      6      6      8     10      5      5      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              36%    37%    47%    47%    44%    46%    38%    42%    44%
Disapprove           59     53     49     48     51     50     57     51     47
DK/NA                 4     10      4      5      5      3      5      7      9
 
19. How closely have you been following news about the Occupy Wall Street protests; would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very closely         35%    43%    31%    38%    42%    30%    41%    28%    33%
Smwht closely        48     43     50     48     45     50     49     54     44
Not too closely      13     12     15     11     10     17      9     15     17
Not at all            2      2      3      2      2      3      1      3      4
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      -      1      2
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very closely         28%    36%    39%    36%    36%    24%    34%    36%    47%
Smwht closely        50     48     50     46     42     50     47     52     43
Not too closely      14     14      8     17     18     18     18      9      9
Not at all            6      2      1      1      4      4      -      3      1
DK/NA                 2      1      2      -      -      4      1      -      -
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very closely         37%    27%    42%    34%    32%    37%    33%    39%    32%
Smwht closely        51     49     47     46     47     47     51     47     48
Not too closely      12     17     11     17     17     13     14     11     15
Not at all            -      5      1      3      4      3      1      2      2
DK/NA                 -      2      -      -      -      -      1      -      3
 
TREND: How closely have you been following news about the Occupy Wall Street protests; would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all? (* the Wall Street protests)
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011*
 
Very closely         35      36
Smwht closely        48      44 
Not too closely      13      15 
Not at all            2       4 
DK/NA                 1       1 
 
 
20. How well do you feel you understand the views of the Occupy Wall Street protesters? Do you understand them very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very well            31%    26%    32%    32%    37%    26%    32%    35%    28%
Fairly well          43     32     44     48     40     46     41     43     43
Not too well         17     22     18     12     14     19     16     14     22
Not well at all       8     17      5      7      7      8     10      6      5
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      1      2      2
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Very well            28%    35%    34%    28%    24%    22%    35%    33%    35%
Fairly well          36     42     44     48     41     41     45     46     44
Not too well         25     15     13     17     19     27     13     13     13
Not well at all      11      6      7      6     13      8      6      7      7
DK/NA                 -      2      1      1      3      2      1      1      1
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very well            33%    26%    35%    27%    26%    29%    31%    36%    32%
Fairly well          48     40     45     46     47     48     47     42     36
Not too well         11     22     13     19     21     18     16     13     17
Not well at all       6     10      5      6      5      4      6      8     12
DK/NA                 1      2      1      1      1      1      -      1      3
 
TREND: How well do you feel you understand the views of the Occupy Wall Street protesters? Do you understand them very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all? (* the Wall Street protests)
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011*
 
Very well            31      29
Fairly well          43      43 
Not too well         17      17 
Not well at all       8      10 
DK/NA                 1       2 
 
 
21. Regardless of how you feel about the Occupy Wall Street protests, do you generally agree or disagree with the protesters' views?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                68%    25%    79%    67%    69%    67%    58%    84%    68%
Disagree             24     64     14     25     23     25     34     11     22
DK/NA                 8     11      7      8      8      8      7      6      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Agree                67%    68%    68%    75%    43%    64%    77%    70%    65%
Disagree             24     25     24     16     44     23     19     23     29
DK/NA                10      7      8      8     13     12      5      7      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Agree                75%    65%    71%    71%    78%    71%    75%    70%    56%
Disagree             20     25     23     22     16     21     19     26     30
DK/NA                 6     11      6      7      6      7      6      4     14
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about the Occupy Wall Street protests, do you generally agree or disagree with the protesters' views? (* the Wall Street protests)
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011*
 
Agree                68      67
Disagree             24      23 
DK/NA                 8      10 
 
 
22. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, do you think it is OK that they are protesting, or do you think they should not be protesting?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
OK to protest        81%    58%    87%    84%    84%    79%    79%    87%    82%
Shld not protest     15     40     10     13     14     16     18     10     16
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      5      3      3      2
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
OK to protest        78%    83%    85%    80%    67%    76%    86%    83%    85%
Shld not protest     17     15     12     16     25     20     13     15     13
DK/NA                 5      2      3      3      8      5      1      2      1
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
OK to protest        85%    73%    87%    85%    89%    82%    86%    80%    74%
Shld not protest     13     21     11     12      9     15     12     16     23
DK/NA                 2      6      2      3      2      4      2      4      3
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, do you think it is OK that they are protesting, or do you think they should not be protesting? (* the Wall Street protests)
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011*
 
OK to protest        81      87
Shld not protest     15      10 
DK/NA                 3       4 
 
 
23. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, do you approve or disapprove of the way the protests have been conducted?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              52%    20%    61%    51%    54%    50%    45%    67%    49%
Disapprove           43     79     33     43     42     44     52     28     44
DK/NA                 5      1      5      6      4      6      3      6      6
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              45%    55%    57%    53%    26%    49%    65%    53%    48%
Disapprove           45     42     39     43     63     42     33     43     50
DK/NA                 9      3      4      4     11      9      2      4      2
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              59%    46%    55%    51%    55%    51%    56%    56%    46%
Disapprove           38     44     43     46     42     45     42     41     45
DK/NA                 4     10      2      3      3      4      2      3      9
 
 
24. Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York City police have handled - the Occupy Wall Street protests?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              50%    83%    39%    54%    51%    49%    60%    36%    47%
Disapprove           46     16     57     42     47     46     37     59     50
DK/NA                 4      1      5      3      2      6      4      6      4
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              50%    43%    49%    51%    76%    50%    40%    49%    54%
Disapprove           45     54     47     45     19     44     55     48     44
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      5      6      5      3      2
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              46%    49%    50%    53%    46%    52%    39%    51%    58%
Disapprove           51     44     48     45     53     48     58     45     35
DK/NA                 3      7      2      2      1      -      3      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York City police have handled the Occupy Wall Street protests? (* the Wall Street protests)
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011*
 
Approve              50      46
Disapprove           46      45 
DK/NA                 4       9 
 
 
25. Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York City police have handled - the media covering the Occupy Wall Street protests?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    73%    37%    46%    45%    44%    48%    39%    44%
Disapprove           41     18     49     37     43     39     36     48     43
DK/NA                15     10     15     17     12     17     16     13     13
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Approve              43%    44%    37%    49%    62%    47%    42%    45%    46%
Disapprove           47     42     46     37     20     38     47     40     42
DK/NA                10     15     17     14     18     15     11     15     12
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Approve              39%    47%    43%    52%    45%    50%    40%    43%    49%
Disapprove           47     38     43     37     46     41     48     39     34
DK/NA                15     15     14     12      9      9     12     17     17
 
 
26. Do you think the federal government should or should not pursue policies that try to reduce the gap between wealthy and less well-off Americans?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Should           73%    35%    84%    74%    74%    73%    67%    84%    75%
No/Should not        20     56     10     21     20     20     27      9     21
DK/NA                 7      9      6      5      6      7      7      8      4
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes/Should           71%    71%    77%    77%    59%    75%    79%    74%    72%
No/Should not        20     20     19     18     32     18     13     20     25
DK/NA                 8      9      4      5      9      7      7      5      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes/Should           79%    69%    76%    73%    82%    82%    77%    72%    60%
No/Should not        16     20     20     22     12     14     19     21     28
DK/NA                 4     10      4      6      6      4      4      7     12
 
 
27. Thinking about the regulation of banks and Wall Street firms, do you support or oppose tougher government regulations of banks and Wall Street firms?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              75%    51%    80%    77%    75%    74%    75%    81%    67%
Oppose               19     37     14     17     21     17     18     13     26
DK/NA                 7     11      5      6      4      9      7      6      7
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Support              72%    74%    76%    79%    62%    67%    80%    80%    79%
Oppose               20     20     19     15     21     20     16     17     18
DK/NA                 8      6      5      6     17     13      4      3      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Support              82%    68%    80%    76%    82%    72%    85%    79%    60%
Oppose               14     20     17     20     16     23     10     17     25
DK/NA                 5     12      3      4      2      5      4      4     15
 
TREND: Thinking about the regulation of banks and Wall Street firms, do you support or oppose tougher government regulations of banks and Wall Street firms?
                     Dec 14  Oct 17
                     2011    2011
 
Support              75      73
Oppose               19      19 
DK/NA                 7       9 
 
 
28. As you may know, there is a proposal in the New York City Council for a so called "living wage". Under the bill, large businesses that benefit from taxpayer subsidies would be required to pay employees at least $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 an hour without benefits. Do you think the living wage is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Good idea            74%    56%    83%    67%    69%    79%    67%    84%    77%
Bad idea             19     39     11     25     26     13     25      9     19
DK/NA                 7      6      6      9      5      8      8      6      5
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Good idea            81%    74%    72%    74%    73%    74%    81%    76%    68%
Bad idea             15     19     20     20     23     18     14     20     26
DK/NA                 4      7      8      6      4      8      5      4      6
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Good idea            75%    75%    74%    74%    80%    76%    77%    78%    67%
Bad idea             19     17     21     22     18     19     18     18     22
DK/NA                 5      8      6      4      3      5      5      5     11
 
 
29. Do you think that it is the government's responsibility to ensure that workers are paid a decent wage or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  81%    60%    91%    72%    73%    88%    73%    93%    82%
No                   17     39      7     26     25     11     24      7     15
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      3      1      3      -      3
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  83%    82%    78%    83%    73%    84%    90%    77%    73%
No                   15     16     20     15     26     12      8     22     24
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      1      3      2      -      3
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  79%    84%    78%    80%    87%    81%    83%    81%    75%
No                   18     14     20     18     12     18     13     18     22
DK/NA                 3      2      2      1      1      2      4      1      2
 
 
30. Do you think that requiring some businesses to pay employees this living wage would drive jobs away from New York City or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  36%    54%    27%    48%    44%    30%    43%    26%    36%
No                   56     41     64     46     49     62     49     66     55
DK/NA                 8      5      9      6      8      8      8      9      9
 
                                                        ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME.
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  <30K  30-50  50-100 >100
 
Yes                  32%    32%    32%    43%    60%    31%    33%    35%    45%
No                   55     61     58     52     34     59     57     60     51
DK/NA                12      7     10      6      6     10     10      6      4
 
                     Union  COLLEGE DEG   HAVE KIDS.... AGE IN YEARS............
                     HsHlds No     Yes    <18  InPubSch 18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Yes                  36%    34%    38%    42%    30%    37%    34%    38%    37%
No                   59     55     56     53     64     58     59     53     52
DK/NA                 5     11      6      5      6      5      6      9     10
 

Demographic Summary