: Of course, it is virtually impossible to capture a statistically-representative sampleof a group as fluid and self-defined as the Occupy Oakland movement. In light of this, we sentout trained, professional interviewers with the goal of conducting interviews with as diverse aselection of protesters as possible. The interviewers were in the field on Wednesday, November9
and Saturday, November 12
, and interviews were conducted at various times of day betweennoon and 6:00PM. We interviewed people who were camping at the plaza, as well as people whowere visiting. While we certainly can’t say that our results reveal the views of Occupy Oaklandwith statistical precision, we can say that over the course of 109 interviews, we were able tolearn a lot about the Oakland movement and the opinions and attitudes of the people whoidentify with it.The key findings of the survey are detailed below:
Who considers themselves part of the Occupy Oakland movement?
The Occupy Oakland movement has attracted a group of loyal followers who continueto show up for events
. Two-thirds (64%) of the protesters we interviewed identifiedthemselves as “frequent” participants of Occupy Oakland events; 21 percent of respondentsidentified as “occasional” visitors. More “frequent” visitors tended to include Oaklandresidents, African Americans, and those who were camping at the Plaza.
The movement continues to grow.
Overall, 14 percent of the Occupy Oakland protesterswe talked to said they were at the Plaza for the first time on the days we talked to them –indicating that the during its encampment phase, Occupy Oakland movement was continuingto attract more people to come down and experience it.
Before the most recent raid on the Plaza encampment, a significant number of protesters identified as “living” there or at Snow Park.
Asked to describe their currentliving situation, 21 percent said they were “living” at the encampment at the Plaza or SnowPark. Less than one in ten identified themselves as “homeless.”
27 percent of protesters we talked to were from outside of the Bay Area.
The remaining74 percent of the protesters we interviewed said they were from the Bay Area: 48 percentfrom Oakland, 12 percent from elsewhere in Alameda County, and 14 percent from otherBay Area locales.
Almost everyone we asked said they would continue to participate in the movement“indefinitely.”
Unless the respondent was citing travel plans as a reason they would not beable to continue their participation in Occupy Oakland, nearly everyone we interviewed saidthey would be with the movement as long as it went on.