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.
Nearly 60 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac University poll out this morning say they agree with the protesters in Zuccotti Park, with an equal amount saying they understand what the protesters' views.
“Most New Yorkers, even upstaters and suburban voters, say they get the Wall Street protesters’ message,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a statement. “And by two-to-one, voters agree with the complaints about bankers and Wall Streeters."
Voters continue to support a tax on higher-income earners as well, according to the poll. Two-thirds of those polled want to see the tax continue, with 57 percent of Republicans polled supporting the plan. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he doesn't support the tax and wants it to end at the beginning of next year.
Part of the Governor's arguments--that it will drive wealth out of New York--appears to be rebutted some in the poll. Those earning $100,000 a year or more support extending the tax by 66 percent.
“There’s wide approval for the one specific message that’s being heard Downtown – support for a continued state ‘Millionaire’s Tax,’” Carroll added.