Essential Report

Support for “Occupy” Protests

Oct 31, 2011

Q. There have recently been protests held in some Australian cities – similar to the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in USA – against “corporate greed” and the power of major banks and multinational corporations. Which best describes your opinion of these protests?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Agree with their concerns and support the protests 29% 36% 18% 59%
Agree with their concerns but don’t support the protests 40% 37% 48% 27%
Don’t agree with their concerns 13% 10% 19% 5%
Don’t know 18% 18% 15% 8%

69% say they agree with the concerns of the “occupy” protests – made up of 29% who support the protests and 40% who don’t support the protests. Only 13% say they don’t agree with their concerns.

A majority (59%) of Greens voters support the protests compared to only 18% of Liberal/National voters  – although only 19% of Liberal/National voters disagree with their concerns. Labor voters are split over support for the protests – 36% support them and 37% agree with their concerns but don’t support the protests.

Support for the concerns of the protests is strongest among older respondents (aged 55+), 28% support the protests and a further 48% agree with their concerns.


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