Walter Mencken 11 a.m., July 25
Economic Survey Finds Plurality of Californians Supportive of Occupy
Support for the Occupy Wall Street movement remains higher than its opposition, a statewide survey that primarily focused on Californians’ view of government released yesterday by the Public Policy Institute of California reports.
State residents are more likely to support than oppose Occupy by a margin of 46 percent to 37 percent, numbers roughly comparable to a national ABC News/Washington Post poll that found 44 percent of Americans supporting and 41 percent opposed. The California numbers include 59 percent of Democrats in favor, and 61 percent of Republicans in opposition. Those who identified as political independents trend slightly against favoring the movement. Overall, Occupy enjoys a slightly stronger support among those likely to vote in the next election, with 49 percent saying they either strongly favor or somewhat favor the group.
The Tea Party, however, doesn’t enjoy the same support in either California or nationwide. 53 percent of likely voters in the state are either somewhat or strongly opposed to that movement’s message, while 39 percent of voters approve. Nationwide the gap is closer, with 43 percent supportive and 44 percent in opposition.
Californians of all stripes, however, can band together in their distaste for Wall Street – 51 percent of likely voters, including 57 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans, believe Wall Street does more to hurt the economy than to help it. There is, however, one group that believes corporate actions benefit America as a whole – those making $80,000 or more per year. Even then Wall Street found only 46 percent in support of its activities, versus 45 percent opposed.
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