Young, Low-Earning Independents Make Up Majority of Online Protest Traffic: Survey

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Hundreds sleep in Zuccotti Park, the center of the Occupy Wall Street protests, on October 10, 2011.

Visitors to the Occupy Wall Street website tend to be young, identified as Independents and make less than $50,000 a year, according to a recent unscientific survey conducted in collaboration with the group’s organizers.

Hector Cordero-Guzman, a professor at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs, analyzed the data from a survey posted on the group’s website.

Of the 1,619 people who took the survey, 92.5 percent said they somewhat or strongly support the protests, he said. Nearly a quarter said they had participated in demonstrations, the survey found.

"It's a sample that is relatively young,” Cordero-Guzman said. “It's a sample that is highly-educated, and it's a sample that works -- but many of them part-time.”

He said those who participated were “relatively low-earning,” and that 71.5 percent earned less than $50,000 annually.

Most respondents described their political leanings as Independent.

Cordero-Guzman said that despite popular perception, students don't necessarily make up the majority of support.

"Only 10 percent of the sample told us they were full-time students," he said. "It has more support among part-time workers, among unemployed, in terms of our respondent sample."

To read the results of the survey, click here.