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The 99% Movement Comes From and Looks Like the 99%

The 99% Movement Comes From and Looks Like the 99%

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Published by James Felton Keith
Main Stream Support for a Mainstream Movement
Main Stream Support for a Mainstream Movement

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Published by: James Felton Keith on Oct 20, 2011
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HRCG-OWS-Profile1-10-5-sample Page 1
Main Stream Support for a Mainstream Movement 
 
The 99% Movement Comes From and Looks Like the 99%Profile of web traffic taken from occupywallst.org  Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D.School of Public Affairs, Baruch CollegePh.D. Programs in Sociology and Urban EducationCity University of New YorkFor questions of comments please write: hcordero@aol.com10/19/2011 9:47 AMDRAFT FOR DISCUSSION
 
HRCG-OWS-Profile1-10-5-sample Page 2The Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized the attention of the country and the worldand has been able to organize Americans into the largest demonstrations in the country in response tothe Great Recession. The successes of these mobilizations has led to considerable interest in thecharacteristics of persons interested in, supporting, and participating in the Occupy Wall Street protestsand in the broader Occupy Wall Street movement.One of the ways to measure increasing interest and levels of participation and involvement inOccupy Wall Street is by tracking the level of traffic to the main site for the protestsoccupywallst.org. Traffic on the site averaged close to 400,000 visits per day for the week of October 2. On October 5, forexample, there were close to 350,346 visits tooccupywallst.organd a survey was added to the site tomeasure levels of interest and involvement in Occupy Wall Street and to get a sense of thecharacteristics of persons visiting the site. Close to 1,890 persons began the survey and we havecompleted information on 1,619 respondents who answered the survey that was put up on the mainoccupywallstreet site.This document discusses the characteristics of persons visiting the occupywallstreet site andprovides the most comprehensive and complete profile to date of persons involved in the Occupy WallStreet Movement.Using data from a survey of 1619 users who completed our questionnaire in theoccupywallstreet web site we found that:
 
92.5% of respondents either somewhat or strongly supported the protests with mostrespondents indicating strong support.
 
1/4th of the sample (or 24.2%) participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests as of October 5,2011.
 
91.8% of the sample thinks that the Occupy Wall Street Protests will continue to grow.In terms of demographic characteristics of the sample, we found that,
 
64.2% of respondents were younger than 34 years of age.
 
While the sample is relatively young, one in three respondents is older than 35 and one in fiverespondents is 45 and older.
 
7.9% of respondents have a high school degree or less.
 
92.1% of the sample has some college, a college degree, or a graduate degree.
 
27.4% have some college (but no degree), 35% have a college degree, 8.2% have some graduateschool (but no degree), and close to 21.5% have a graduate school degree.
 
This is a highly educated sample.
 
26.7% of respondents were enrolled in school and 73.3% were not enrolled in school.
 
50.4% were employed full-time and an additional 20.4% were employed part-time.
 
13.1% of the sample are unemployed.
 
2.6% of respondents were retired, 1.3% disabled, 2.6% homemakers and 9.7% are full-timestudents.
 
HRCG-OWS-Profile1-10-5-sample Page 3
 
47.5% of the sample earns less than $24,999 dollars a year and another quarter (24%) earnbetween $25,000 and $49,999 per year.
 
71.5% of the sample earns less than $50,000 per year.
 
15.4% of the sample earned between $50,000 and $74,999.
 
The remainder 13% of the sample earn over $75,000 with close to 2% earning over $150,000 peryear.
 
27.3% of respondents considered themselves Democrats, another 2.4% said they wereRepublican.
 
Interestingly, a very large proportion of the sample, close to 70.3%, considered themselves
Independents
.
 
66.4% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use Facebook.
 
28.9% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use Twitter.
 
73.9% in the sample agree somewhat or strongly that they regularly use YouTube.
 
Our data suggest that the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.
Table 1
presents the gender of the respondents of the survey. The data suggest that 67% of those answering the survey were male, 30.9% were female and 2% preferred another genderdesignation.
Table 1--What is your gender?
Frequency PercentValidPercentCumulativePercentValid 1. male 1269 67.1 67.1 67.12. female 584 30.9 30.9 98.03. transgender 16 .8 .8 98.94. other 21 1.1 1.1 100.0Total 1890 100.0 100.0

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