Large Majority of New Yorkers Back 'Occupy Wall Street' Protests

The continued presence in lower Manhattan by anti-Wall Street protestors isn’t bothering New Yorkers, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

A large majority of them—67 percent—back the protests and 87 percent of those polled by Quinnipiac say protestors are welcome to stay, as long as they obey the law.

Lower Manhattan has been the focul point of the anti-Wall Street protests that have spread to several cities across the country over the past month and won varying levels of support from Democratic politicians.

Not surprisingly, support for protestors splits along party lines. The numbers show 58 percent of self-identifying Republicans disagree, while the protestors win support from 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents.

Opinions are more split over how police have handled the protest.  A narrow margin, 46 to 45 percent, approve of the way police have handled the protests.

The poll surveyed 1,068 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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