In terms of demographic composition of the sample, we found similarities in gender and age, butdifferences in education and employment between Occupy DC and the other locations polled.
Among Occupy DC respondents, the male-to-female ratio is 7:3; a near-identical gender split to that ofthe Occupy Boston survey conducted in October. An OWS face-to-face study in New York showed aslightly more balanced gender demographic (61% males and 39% females).
The Young Are the Restless
One in three respondents is younger than 34, which is generally consistentwith other surveys of the Occupy movement. Occupy DC residents 18-24
year‟s old (33%) make up three times the national average of adults
at theirage (10%). The average age of Occupy DC participants is 32 years old,making them roughly the same age as participants in New York (33) andBoston (30)
. Notably, female participants skew younger than malecounterparts
the average age of female participants is 28 years old
fiveyears younger than males.
One in Three Participants is a College Graduate
The majority of Occupy DC respondents have received some form of higher education, however; thissample is less educated than those found in the other locations surveyed. Strictly compared to a surveyof OWS in New York, where 31% of the respondents have a high school degree or less, a little morethan half that number (17%) has a high school education or lessamong our sample of DC participants. A key difference in education isat the post graduate level, where 22% of those surveyed at OWS havea post-graduate degree
and only 2% of our DC respondents haveabove a college degree.
Distaste for Party Politics
We asked political party was an open-ended question, rather thanasking respondents if they consider themselves a Republican,Democrat or Independent. Roughly half of our Occupy DCrespondents claim no political affiliation. Indeed, only 6% of OccupyDC voluntarily
identify themselves as “Independent,”
and an additional40% say they do not identify with any political party
Somewhat similarresults are shown in OWS, where 39% of respondents do not identifywith any party, 25% identify as Democratic, and 2% identify asRepublican.
Chicago and Oakland do not make their data on age publicly available.
High school or less 17%Some college 44%College degree 32%Post graduate studies 2%Refused to answer 1%Democrat 20%Republican 10%Independent 6%Libertarian 2%Anarchy 5%Liberal 4%None 40%Other 4%Refused 9%
Male 70%Female 30%Refused to answer 1%18-24 33%25-34 29%35-44 17%45-54 9%55-64 5%65+ 2%Refused to answer 4%