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					Maurice Carroll, Director,
Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
(203) 582-5334

Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
Public Relations
Contact: Pat Smith (212) 843-8026
  FOR RELEASE: OCTOBER 17, 2011

             NEW YORKERS BACK WALL ST. PROTESTERS 3 - 1,
                   QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL FINDS;
           STAY AS LONG AS YOU WANT, EVEN REPUBLICANS SAY
  By a 67 – 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street
  protesters and say 87 – 10 percent that it is “okay that they are protesting,” according to a
  Quinnipiac University poll released today.
          Agreeing with the protesters views are Democrats 81 – 11 percent and independent voters
  58 – 30 percent, while Republicans disagree 58 – 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac
  (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Even Republicans, however, agree 73 – 23 percent
  with the protesters right to be there.
          New York City voters say 72 – 24 percent, including 52 – 41 percent among
  Republicans, that if the protesters obey the law, they can stay as long as they wish.
          A total of 72 percent of voters say they understand the protesters‟ views “very well” or
  “fairly well,” with 17 percent who say “not too well” and 10 percent who say “not well at all.”
          Voters split 46 – 45 percent in their approval of the way police are handling the Wall
  Street protest, but approve 61 – 33 percent of how the police are doing their job overall.
          “It‟s a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law, New
  Yorkers say overwhelmingly,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University
  Polling Institute. “Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting.
  But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street
  views of the protesters.
          “For a while, the critics focused on the cops‟ use of pepper spray at the protests. Voters
  are divided on how police are handling the protesters, but they say almost 2-to-1 that police are
  doing a good job overall.”


                                                -more-
Quinnipiac University Poll/October 17, 2011 – page 2
       Asked who is to blame for the current state of the nation‟s economy;
      37 percent of New York City voters blame the administration of former President George
       W. Bush;
      21 percent blame Wall Street and financial institutions;
      18 percent blame Congress;
      11 percent blame President Barack Obama.
       New York City voters support 61 – 28 percent an extension of the state‟s so-called
„Millionaire‟s Tax.‟ Even Republicans support the extension 55 – 38 percent.
       Voters also support 73 – 19 percent, including 48 – 40 percent among Republicans,
tougher government regulation of banks and Wall Street firms.
       “New Yorkers, even Republicans, back the Wall Street protesters on at least two things
they‟re talking about, a get-tough attitude toward banks and Wall Street and continuation of the
state‟s „Millionaire‟s Tax,‟” Carroll said.
       From October 12 – 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,068 registered voters with a
margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.
       The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public
opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia
and the nation as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed– http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or
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7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom    Wht    Blk      Hsp

Approve              61%      78%       60%    63%        67%        55%    77%    40%      59%
Disapprove           33       18        35     33         27         39     18     55       35
DK/NA                 6        3         6      4          5          6      5      5        6

                                                                     EDUCATION....
                                                                     No col College
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man    Qns        StIsl      degree degree

Approve              59%      53%       64%    64%        72%        56%    65%
Disapprove           35       41        32     27         28         38     30
DK/NA                 6        6         5      9          -          6      5

                     AGE IN YEARS............             ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+                <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Approve              56%      54%       68%    67%        53%        60%    61%    72%
Disapprove           38       42        28     23         38         37     34     23
DK/NA                 6        4         4     10          8          3      4      5

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their
job?

                                                                           APPROVE.......
                                                                           High    Low
                     Oct 17    Feb 18     Jun 17     May 8      Mar 13     Feb 7   Apr 20
                     2011      2010       2009       2008       2008       2002    2000

Approve              61        69         64         51         60         76     43
Disapprove           33        23         31         43         33         18     48
DK/NA                 6         8          5          6          7          6      9


14. Who do you think is mostly to blame for the current state of the nation's economy -
the Bush administration, the Obama administration, Wall Street and financial institutions,
Congress, or someone else?

                     Tot      Rep       Dem    Ind        Men        Wom    Wht    Blk      Hsp

Bush                 37%       7%       48%    30%        32%        41%    27%    55%      38%
Obama                11       46         1     15         11         12     19      -        8
Wall Street          21       14        23     20         26         17     22     18       19
Congress             18       17        18     21         20         16     19     18       19
Someone else          7        9         5      9          8          7      8      6        6
DK/NA                 6        8         5      5          3          8      6      3       10

                                                                     EDUCATION....
                                                                     No col College
                     Brnx     Kngs      Man    Qns        StIsl      degree degree

Bush                 41%      40%       37%    37%        14%        39%    35%
Obama                 8        8        12     13         26         10     12
Wall Street          18       23        22     20         22         19     23
Congress             19       18        17     17         18         17     19
Someone else          4        7         7      9         10          6      8
DK/NA                10        4         4      4         10          9      3



Cont’d

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14. (cont’d) Who do you think is mostly to blame for the current state of the nation's
economy - the Bush administration, the Obama administration, Wall Street and financial
institutions, Congress, or someone else?

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Bush                 37%    42%    37%    31%    47%     34%   37%    32%
Obama                10      8     12     13      8      10    11     14
Wall Street          22     24     22     19     23      19    24     23
Congress             15     16     20     21      9      22    18     21
Someone else          9      6      5      8      6       6     6      8
DK/NA                 7      3      5      9      6       9     3      2


15. How closely have you been following news about the Wall Street protests - Would you
say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at
all?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

Very closely         36%    37%    34%    36%    39%     34%   36%    32%     36%
Smwht closely        44     39     46     46     44      44    48     45      35
Not too closely      15     16     14     15     15      15    12     16      25
Not at all            4      7      4      2      2       6     3      6       2
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      -       1     -      1       1

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Very closely         31%    34%    41%    35%    44%     31%   40%
Smwht closely        40     43     47     46     39      43    45
Not too closely      21     17     10     12     14      18    12
Not at all            8      5      2      5      3       6     3
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      -       2     -

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Very closely         33%    32%    40%    41%    35%     35%   42%    37%
Smwht closely        41     48     43     43     44      44    41     49
Not too closely      22     15     14      9     14      14    14     12
Not at all            3      6      3      6      6       5     3      3
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1       3     -      -




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16. How well do you feel you understand the views of the Wall Street protesters?    Do you
understand them very well, fairly well, not too well or not well at all?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

Very well            29%    26%    31%    25%    32%     26%   27%    30%     29%
Fairly well          43     36     47     42     39      46    41     47      39
Not too well         17     18     14     21     18      16    17     15      22
Not well at all      10     19      7     11      9      10    13      8       7
DK/NA                 2      1      2      1      1       2     2      1       2

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Very well            30%    26%    33%    27%    30%     25%   32%
Fairly well          36     45     43     44     42      42    44
Not too well         21     18     14     17     15      19    15
Not well at all      12     10      8      9     11      12     8
DK/NA                 1      1      2      2      1       2     1

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Very well            28%    30%    31%    26%    33%     23%   36%    27%
Fairly well          47     42     41     38     39      46    45     46
Not too well         15     20     17     17     17      19    10     18
Not well at all       7      8     10     15     10      10     8      8
DK/NA                 2      -      1      4      1       3     1      1


17. Regardless of how you feel about the Wall Street protests, do you generally agree or
disagree with the protesters' views?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

Agree                67%    35%    81%    58%    66%     69%   60%    86%     64%
Disagree             23     58     11     30     25      21    31      7      21
DK/NA                10      7      8     12     10      10     8      7      15

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Agree                64%    72%    71%    62%    61%     65%   70%
Disagree             19     22     21     26     31      22    23
DK/NA                17      6      8     12      9      13     8

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Agree                69%    69%    72%    62%    67%     61%   78%    64%
Disagree             19     21     21     27     18      29    17     29
DK/NA                12     10      7     11     15      10     5      8




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18. And regardless of how you feel about the views of the Wall Street protesters, do you
think it is OK that they are protesting, or do you think they should not be protesting?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

OK to protest        87%    73%    91%    85%    92%     82%   82%    92%     88%
Shld not protest     10     23      6     12      7      12    16      6       5
DK/NA                 4      5      3      3      2       5     3      2       7

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

OK to protest        85%    86%    89%    87%    83%     81%   91%
Shld not protest     12     11      8      7     15      13     7
DK/NA                 3      3      3      6      2       6     2

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

OK to protest        91%    91%    89%    77%    83%     84%   90%    91%
Shld not protest      3      7      8     19     11      11     9      8
DK/NA                 6      2      3      4      6       5     1      1


19. Do you think the Wall Street protests are helping New York City's economy, hurting New
York City's economy, or are they not making a difference to New York City's economy?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk     Hsp

Helping              17%     7%    20%    11%    15%     18%   10%    28%     19%
Hurting              21     44     13     27     22      20    29      9      24
Not making a diff    58     47     62     60     62      56    58     56      52
DK/NA                 4      2      5      3      1       6     3      6       5

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Helping              18%    21%    13%    15%    15%     21%   13%
Hurting              25     17     22     20     29      22    20
Not making a diff    54     59     62     59     54      52    63
DK/NA                 3      3      4      6      2       6     3

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Helping              18%    16%    19%    13%    28%     12%   15%    10%
Hurting              21     17     21     24     21      20    19     23
Not making a diff    58     64     56     55     43      65    64     64
DK/NA                 3      2      4      8      8       4     2      2




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20. If the Wall Street protesters obey the law, do you think they should be allowed to
stay as long as they wish or do you think there should be a limit on how long they can
stay?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom   Wht    Blk       Hsp

Let stay             72%    52%    77%    69%    73%     72%   71%    79%       68%
Limit stay           24     41     20     25     23      25    26     18        27
DK/NA                 4      6      3      6      4       4     3      3         5

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree


Let stay             70%    72%    78%    69%    68%     64%   78%
Limit stay           26     22     20     28     30      29    20
DK/NA                 4      6      2      3      2       7     2

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Let stay             81%    76%    75%    54%    62%     65%   78%    81%
Limit stay           15     20     23     38     34      29    21     16
DK/NA                 4      4      2      7      4       6     1      3


21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way New York City police have handled the Wall
Street protests?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom    Wht       Blk   Hsp

Approve              46%    70%    40%    50%    51%     42%   62%    32%       37%
Disapprove           45     23     51     44     41      48    29     62        51
DK/NA                 9      7     10      6      8      10     9      5        12

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Approve              39%    41%    49%    51%    62%     43%   49%
Disapprove           50     49     46     40     29      47    44
DK/NA                11     10      5      9      9      10     7

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Approve              37%    44%    50%    56%    38%     51%   48%    50%
Disapprove           52     51     45     27     49      43    46     43
DK/NA                11      5      5     17     13       6     6      7




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22. Thinking about the regulation of banks and Wall Street firms: Do you support or
oppose tougher government regulations of banks and Wall Street firms?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom    Wht       Blk   Hsp

Support              73%    48%    80%    69%    75%     71%   74%    79%       62%
Oppose               19     40     13     23     19      18    19     14        25
DK/NA                 9     12      7      8      6      11     7      7        13

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Support              65%    79%    75%    67%    73%     66%   77%
Oppose               19     15     20     20     23      21    17
DK/NA                16      5      5     13      5      13     6

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Support              69%    76%    78%    67%    67%     71%   80%    75%
Oppose               20     18     17     19     22      17    16     21
DK/NA                11      6      5     14     11      12     5      4


23. As you may know, New York State's so called "millionaires' tax" is set to expire in
December. Do you think the state should extend the millionaires' tax, or end the
millionaires' tax?

                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men     Wom    Wht       Blk   Hsp

Extend tax           61%    55%    62%    63%    61%     60%   62%    61%       54%
End the tax          28     38     27     24     29      27    25     30        35
DK/NA                12      7     11     13     10      13    13      9        11

                                                         EDUCATION....
                                                         No col College
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl   degree degree

Extend tax           63%    59%    64%    59%    58%     55%   65%
End the tax          27     28     27     28     30      32    24
DK/NA                10     13      9     13     12      13    11

                     AGE IN YEARS............    ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME...
                     18-34 35-49 50-64 65+       <30K   30-50 50-100 >100K

Extend tax           58%    65%    61%    59%    55%     56%   64%    65%
End the tax          33     23     30     27     33      35    26     22
DK/NA                 9     12      9     14     12       9    10     13




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Description: By a 67 – 23 percent margin, New York City voters agree with the views of the Wall Street protesters and say 87 – 10 percent that it is “okay that they are protesting,” according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.