Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
According to a Siena Research Institute poll released this morning, 66 percent of New York voters polled said the Occupy Wall Street protesters do not represent "the 99%"--meaning the vast majority of Americans not in the top one percent of earners. But that doesn't mean Bloomberg is going to be widely praised for booting the protesters this morning.
“By two-to-one, voters say that the Occupy Wall Street movement does not represent 99 percent of Americans,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “When it comes to how voters feel about whether the people engaged in the movement should be allowed to occupy public parks around the clock, the answer is ‘yes.’ By a 57-40 percent margin, including a majority of Democrats, independents and voters from every region, New Yorkers believe that the demonstrators should be able to stay in the parks all day and all night."
Looking at the results more closely, there are some interesting results. There is a pervading sense that the Occupation suffers from a diversity problem. But that hasn't stopped it from being viewed more favorably by black and Latino voters than by white voters. Some 56 percent of Latino's polled, and 51 percent of black voters, had a favorable opinion of Occupy Wall Street. Only 42 percent of white voters did.