Occupy Wall Street Seeks Mainstream Appeal
Two-thirds of New Yorkers back protests; organizers aim for broad consensus.
By Will Oremus | Posted Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at 1:13 PM ET

If Occupy Wall Street is a fringe movement, it’s looking like a pretty big fringe.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, two-thirds of New York City voters said they support the protests. The backers included 81 percent of Democrats and, perhaps more surprisingly, 35 percent of Republicans. And an overwhelming majority, 87 percent, said it’s “okay that they are protesting.”

And for all the criticism lobbed at the protesters for not having a formal list of demands, their general message seems to be getting across. Nearly three-fourths of New York City voters said they understand the protesters’ views “very well” or “fairly well.”

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