New York City residents support Occupy Wall Street. According to a Quinnipac poll released today, New Yorkers believe that it is "okay that they are protesting" by a ratio of 87% to 10%, and 67% agree with the views expressed by the demonstrators, while 23% disagree. While Republicans disagree with the message 58 to 35%, 73% of them agree that they have a right to occupy Zuccotti Park. When reached for comment, Mayor Bloomberg wiped his brow in an exaggerated fashion and exclaimed, "Phew!"
"Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting," Quinnipac director Maurice Carroll says in a release. "But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street views of the protesters." Indeed, a recent poll conducted by ABC/Washington Post shows that 70 percent of Americans see Wall Street unfavorably," which is even more than the 68% approval rating of the governing going on in Washington.
Not surprisingly, President Obama is picking up on the populist message, claiming in a recent stump speech that Republicans "want to let Wall Street do whatever it wants." He also recently cleaned the clock of a smug-looking banker.