Worthington, OH (PRWEB) October 17, 2011
Just over half of Americans (53.2%) are aware of the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and other major cities, according to the latest [American Pulse™ Survey of 6,043 respondents. 51.5% of those familiar with the Occupy Wall Street movement say they somewhat or completely support the protest. However, only 1 in 5 (19.8%) of those familiar say they are somewhat or very likely to join the movement. Among all Adults 18+, only 12.5% say they are likely to join while 26.5% would need more information about what the group stands for.
While half of those aware of Occupy Wall Street support the group in general, a majority of Americans don’t agree with several of the unofficial demands infiltrating the Internet. Most Adults 18+ (64.7%) do agree with equal rights for all races and genders, while just under half (44.3%) would support a universal healthcare system. However, other unofficial requests are only supported by a minority:
Somewhat/Strongly Agree with Unofficial Demands of Occupy Wall Street: (Adults 18+)
Racial and gender equal rights amendment: 64.7%
Universal healthcare system: 44.3%
Forgive college loan debt: 38.2%
Guaranteed wage, regardless of employment: 36.9%
Outlaw credit reporting agencies: 34.0%
Debt forgiveness for all: 31.8%
Spending $1 trillion on infrastructure: 27.5%
Open borders migration: 12.5%
Source: American Pulse™ Survey, October-2011
About a third of Americans agree with forgiving debt, especially college loan debt, and 36.9% think a guaranteed wage (even for those out of work) sounds appealing. However, out of these unofficial demands, opening up U.S. borders to anyone is not likely to gain majority support.
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While the Occupy Wall Street movement is protesting Corporate America, American citizens are most mad at Congress: 74.5% admit they are mad at the House and Senate. Fewer (57.1%) say they are mad at Corporate America, and at 52.6%, President Obama isn’t far behind.
Other Key Findings among Americans:
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI’s U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 6,043 respondents participated in the 1st October American Pulse conducted 10/10-10/12/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.3%. http://www.biginsight.com
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