More than half of the Zuccotti Park protestors voted for President Obama in 2008. But 73% now disapprove of the commander-in-chief and 25% plan to skip the 2012 election, according to a survey by Fordham University.You can bet Tea Party symphathizers will be crawling over broken glass to vote in 2012, even for a Mitt Romney.
The poll by Fordham's Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy released last week found that the Occupy Wall Street movement is 68% white, 61% male and 28% unemployed. But most of the protestors are college graduates and 22% hold advanced degrees.
It also found that only 25% of the protestors identify with the Democratic Party, while 21% want Rep Ron Paul (R-Texas) to become the Republican Party nominee for president.
The project by Costas Panagopoulos, professor of political science at Fordham and students, surveyed 301 protestors camped out at Zuccotti Park from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, with a response rate of 78%. Only one other such survey of Occupy Wall Street exists and it polled fewer protestors, Panagopoulos said.
“The group is very liberal and part of the Democratic base,” Panagopoulos said. “But a surprising number don’t plan to vote."
The OWS rabble rousers seem to detest the Tea Party movement, with 75% giving it two thumbs down.
Meanwhile, the Daily Caller notes many of the alleged 99% are living quite comfortably, many in rather opulent digs. If only 99% of us could live so large.
Meanwhile, the "occupiers" are trying to figure out what to do with all the money they've raised. Here's a bit of irony.
The movement is keeping its money at Amalgamated Bank, which was started in the 1920s by a garment-workers union and was until recently 100 percent union-owned.That's billionaire Ron Burkle, of Bill Clinton fame.
That sole union ownership ended in September just as the protests were starting. Nine days after the demonstrations began, Amalgamated sold 40 percent of its stock to two of America's best-known investors, Wilbur Ross and Ron Burkle.
Also noted is the Alliance for Global Justice, the movement's fiscal sponsor. You'd never guess who they're affiliated with.
The Alliance for Global Justice (AGJ) is a Washington, D.C.-based charity that promotes opposition to free-market capitalism, particularly in Latin America, under the cover of engaging in "education on human, environmental and worker rights." AGJ underwrites and publicizes the activities of revolutionary Marxist movements from Nicaragua to Mexico and trains young activists to work toward its distinctly radical conception of "economic justice."But wait, there's more!
In addition to its efforts to stoke revolution in other countries, AGJ also funds revolutionary groups within the United States. For instance, it is the main financial sponsor of World Can't Wait, a direct-action movement affiliated with the Revolutionary Communist Party. On October 1, 2011, AGJ was retained by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement to manage the processing of online donations for the latter.Only in America could a Communist front get get themselves a tax exemption.
AGJ is listed as a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code.