: Our team conducted a pretest comprising of 108 interviews in Zuccotti
Park in New York between Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16,
The results from these interviews will be used to conduct, analyze and share
research in the upcoming weeks.“Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street Movement are highly educated, with a majority of them currently employed”Key Findings
- Half of the respondents identified “Job” (31%) or “Education” (19%) as their most important concern at present.
- Close to one-third of the respondents (31%) said that their household’s financial situation was “Getting worse.”
- 80% of the respondents opted for a progressive tax structure, which requires people who make more to pay higher taxes.
- Slightly more than half of the respondents (53%) support (somewhat/strongly) the supremacy clause in the United States’ Constitution according to which federal laws should trump any conflict state laws. One-third of the respondents (33%) oppose (somewhat/strongly) it.
- 42% of the respondents think that education reform should be led by the federal government, while 36% believe that it should be led by the state governments. Close to one-fifths of the respondents (22%) chose “Don’t Know.”
- Three-fourths of the respondents (74%) oppose (somewhat/strongly) the “Protect Life Act” which prohibits tax payer funded abortions.
- 65% of the respondents support (somewhat/strongly) “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (Obama Care). Close to one-fifth (19%) oppose it, while 16% of the respondents selected “Don’t Know.”
- Four-fifths of the respondents (80%) opposed (somewhat/strongly) the United States’ policy in Afghanistan. Opinions were close to being split on United States’ intervention in Libya, with 42% of the respondents somewhat or strongly supporting it, and 47% of the respondents somewhat or strongly opposing it.
- Three-fourths of the respondents (74%) opposed (somewhat/strongly) the idea of allowing drilling in US waters.
- Four-fifths of the respondents (80%) oppose (somewhat/strongly) outsourcing of production and services, while three fifth (60%) of the respondents support (somewhat/strongly) free trade between United States and other nations.
- In terms of concerns, close to four-fifths (78%) of the respondents think that balancing our national budget is a very or somewhat serious concern. More than three-fifths (65% ) of the respondents considered terrorism a very or somewhat serious concern. Illegal immigration and undocumented workers were identified as a very or somewhat serious concern by 45% of the respondents.
- 71% of the respondents have an undergraduate degree or higher and close to three fifth (58%) are currently employed.
- 45% of the respondents make more than 40k a year and close to three fifth of the respondents (59%) identified themselves as Caucasian or White.
- 97% of the respondents interviewed identified themselves as supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement.