October 17, 2011 - New Yorkers Back Wall St. Protesters 3 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Stay As Long As You Want, Even Republicans Say

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By a 67 - 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 - 10 percent that it is "okay that they are protesting," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 - 11 percent and independent voters 58 - 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 - 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 - 23 percent with the protesters right to be there.

New York City voters say 72 - 24 percent, including 52 - 41 percent among Republicans, that if the protesters obey the law, they can stay as long as they wish.

A total of 72 percent of voters say they understand the protesters' views "very well" or "fairly well," with 17 percent who say "not too well" and 10 percent who say "not well at all."

Voters split 46 - 45 percent in their approval of the way police are handling the Wall Street protest, but approve 61 - 33 percent of how the police are doing their job overall.

"It's a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting. But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street views of the protesters.

"For a while, the critics focused on the cops' use of pepper spray at the protests. Voters are divided on how police are handling the protesters, but they say almost 2-to-1 that police are doing a good job overall."

Asked who is to blame for the current state of the nation's economy;
  • 37 percent of New York City voters blame the administration of former President George W. Bush;
  • 21 percent blame Wall Street and financial institutions;
  • 18 percent blame Congress;
  • 11 percent blame President Barack Obama.
New York City voters support 61 - 28 percent an extension of the state's so-called 'Millionaire's Tax.' Even Republicans support the extension 55 - 38 percent.

Voters also support 73 - 19 percent, including 48 - 40 percent among Republicans, tougher government regulation of banks and Wall Street firms.

"New Yorkers, even Republicans, back the Wall Street protesters on at least two things they're talking about, a get-tough attitude toward banks and Wall Street and continuation of the state's 'Millionaire's Tax,'" Carroll said.

From October 12 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,068 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3 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.

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              61%    78%    60%    63%    67%    55%    77%    40%    59%
Disapprove           33     18     35     33     27     39     18     55     35
DK/NA                 6      3      6      4      5      6      5      5      6
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
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                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Approve              59%    53%    64%    64%    72%    56%    65%
Disapprove           35     41     32     27     28     38     30
DK/NA                 6      6      5      9      -      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              56%    54%    68%    67%    53%    60%    61%    72%
Disapprove           38     42     28     23     38     37     34     23
DK/NA                 6      4      4     10      8      3      4      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Oct 17  Feb 18  Jun 17  May 8   Mar 13  Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2011    2010    2009    2008    2008    2002    2000
 
Approve              61      69      64      51      60      76      43
Disapprove           33      23      31      43      33      18      48
DK/NA                 6       8       5       6       7       6       9
 
 
14. Who do you think is mostly to blame for the current state of the nation's economy - the Bush administration, the Obama administration, Wall Street and financial institutions, Congress, or someone else?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Bush                 37%     7%    48%    30%    32%    41%    27%    55%    38%
Obama                11     46      1     15     11     12     19      -      8
Wall Street          21     14     23     20     26     17     22     18     19
Congress             18     17     18     21     20     16     19     18     19
Someone else          7      9      5      9      8      7      8      6      6
DK/NA                 6      8      5      5      3      8      6      3     10
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Bush                 41%    40%    37%    37%    14%    39%    35%
Obama                 8      8     12     13     26     10     12
Wall Street          18     23     22     20     22     19     23
Congress             19     18     17     17     18     17     19
Someone else          4      7      7      9     10      6      8
DK/NA                10      4      4      4     10      9      3
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Bush                 37%    42%    37%    31%    47%    34%    37%    32%
Obama                10      8     12     13      8     10     11     14
Wall Street          22     24     22     19     23     19     24     23
Congress             15     16     20     21      9     22     18     21
Someone else          9      6      5      8      6      6      6      8
DK/NA                 7      3      5      9      6      9      3      2
 
 
15. How closely have you been following news about the 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         36%    37%    34%    36%    39%    34%    36%    32%    36%
Smwht closely        44     39     46     46     44     44     48     45     35
Not too closely      15     16     14     15     15     15     12     16     25
Not at all            4      7      4      2      2      6      3      6      2
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -      1      -      1      1
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Very closely         31%    34%    41%    35%    44%    31%    40%
Smwht closely        40     43     47     46     39     43     45
Not too closely      21     17     10     12     14     18     12
Not at all            8      5      2      5      3      6      3
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      -      2      -
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very closely         33%    32%    40%    41%    35%    35%    42%    37%
Smwht closely        41     48     43     43     44     44     41     49
Not too closely      22     15     14      9     14     14     14     12
Not at all            3      6      3      6      6      5      3      3
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1      3      -      -
 
 
16. How well do you feel you understand the views of the 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            29%    26%    31%    25%    32%    26%    27%    30%    29%
Fairly well          43     36     47     42     39     46     41     47     39
Not too well         17     18     14     21     18     16     17     15     22
Not well at all      10     19      7     11      9     10     13      8      7
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1      2      2      1      2
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Very well            30%    26%    33%    27%    30%    25%    32%
Fairly well          36     45     43     44     42     42     44
Not too well         21     18     14     17     15     19     15
Not well at all      12     10      8      9     11     12      8
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1      2      1
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Very well            28%    30%    31%    26%    33%    23%    36%    27%
Fairly well          47     42     41     38     39     46     45     46
Not too well         15     20     17     17     17     19     10     18
Not well at all       7      8     10     15     10     10      8      8
DK/NA                 2      -      1      4      1      3      1      1
 
 
17. Regardless of how you feel about the Wall Street protests, do you generally agree or disagree with the protesters' views?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Agree                67%    35%    81%    58%    66%    69%    60%    86%    64%
Disagree             23     58     11     30     25     21     31      7     21
DK/NA                10      7      8     12     10     10      8      7     15
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Agree                64%    72%    71%    62%    61%    65%    70%
Disagree             19     22     21     26     31     22     23
DK/NA                17      6      8     12      9     13      8
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Agree                69%    69%    72%    62%    67%    61%    78%    64%
Disagree             19     21     21     27     18     29     17     29
DK/NA                12     10      7     11     15     10      5      8
 
 
18. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the 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        87%    73%    91%    85%    92%    82%    82%    92%    88%
Shld not protest     10     23      6     12      7     12     16      6      5
DK/NA                 4      5      3      3      2      5      3      2      7
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
OK to protest        85%    86%    89%    87%    83%    81%    91%
Shld not protest     12     11      8      7     15     13      7
DK/NA                 3      3      3      6      2      6      2
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
OK to protest        91%    91%    89%    77%    83%    84%    90%    91%
Shld not protest      3      7      8     19     11     11      9      8
DK/NA                 6      2      3      4      6      5      1      1
 
 
19. Do you think the Wall Street protests are helping New York City's economy, hurting New York City's economy, or are they not making a difference to New York City's economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Helping              17%     7%    20%    11%    15%    18%    10%    28%    19%
Hurting              21     44     13     27     22     20     29      9     24
Not making a diff    58     47     62     60     62     56     58     56     52
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      1      6      3      6      5
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Helping              18%    21%    13%    15%    15%    21%    13%
Hurting              25     17     22     20     29     22     20
Not making a diff    54     59     62     59     54     52     63
DK/NA                 3      3      4      6      2      6      3
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Helping              18%    16%    19%    13%    28%    12%    15%    10%
Hurting              21     17     21     24     21     20     19     23
Not making a diff    58     64     56     55     43     65     64     64
DK/NA                 3      2      4      8      8      4      2      2
 
 
20. If the Wall Street protesters obey the law, do you think they should be allowed to stay as long as they wish or do you think there should be a limit on how long they can stay?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Let stay             72%    52%    77%    69%    73%    72%    71%    79%    68%
Limit stay           24     41     20     25     23     25     26     18     27
DK/NA                 4      6      3      6      4      4      3      3      5
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
                 
Let stay             70%    72%    78%    69%    68%    64%    78%
Limit stay           26     22     20     28     30     29     20
DK/NA                 4      6      2      3      2      7      2
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Let stay             81%    76%    75%    54%    62%    65%    78%    81%
Limit stay           15     20     23     38     34     29     21     16
DK/NA                 4      4      2      7      4      6      1      3
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York City police have handled the Wall Street protests?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              46%    70%    40%    50%    51%    42%    62%    32%    37%
Disapprove           45     23     51     44     41     48     29     62     51
DK/NA                 9      7     10      6      8     10      9      5     12
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Approve              39%    41%    49%    51%    62%    43%    49%
Disapprove           50     49     46     40     29     47     44
DK/NA                11     10      5      9      9     10      7
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Approve              37%    44%    50%    56%    38%    51%    48%    50%
Disapprove           52     51     45     27     49     43     46     43
DK/NA                11      5      5     17     13      6      6      7
 
 
22. 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              73%    48%    80%    69%    75%    71%    74%    79%    62%
Oppose               19     40     13     23     19     18     19     14     25
DK/NA                 9     12      7      8      6     11      7      7     13
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Support              65%    79%    75%    67%    73%    66%    77%
Oppose               19     15     20     20     23     21     17
DK/NA                16      5      5     13      5     13      6
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Support              69%    76%    78%    67%    67%    71%    80%    75%
Oppose               20     18     17     19     22     17     16     21
DK/NA                11      6      5     14     11     12      5      4
 
 
23. As you may know, New York State's so called "millionaires' tax" is set to expire in December. Do you think the state should extend the millionaires' tax, or end the millionaires' tax?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Extend tax           61%    55%    62%    63%    61%    60%    62%    61%    54%
End the tax          28     38     27     24     29     27     25     30     35
DK/NA                12      7     11     13     10     13     13      9     11
 
                                                        EDUCATION....
                                                        No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  degree degree
 
Extend tax           63%    59%    64%    59%    58%    55%    65%
End the tax          27     28     27     28     30     32     24
DK/NA                10     13      9     13     12     13     11
 
                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    <30K   30-50  50-100 >100K
 
Extend tax           58%    65%    61%    59%    55%    56%    64%    65%
End the tax          33     23     30     27     33     35     26     22
DK/NA                 9     12      9     14     12      9     10     13
 

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