Essential Report

Support for Removal of “Occupy” Protesters

Oct 31, 2011

Q. Do you support the removal of protesters by police in Melbourne and Sydney or should they be allowed to continue their protests?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Support their removal 42% 34% 57% 16%
Should be allowed to continue 41% 51% 26% 76%
Don’t know 17% 15% 17% 8%

Although only 29% support the protests, respondents were divided over the removal of the protesters in Melbourne and Sydney. 42% support their removal and 41% think they should have been allowed to continue.

While 57% of Liberal/National voters supported the removal, 51% of Labor voters and 76% of Greens voters think they should have been allowed to continue.

Younger respondents (aged 18-34) were more likely to think they should be allowed to continue (45% to 35%), and those aged 55+ favoured removal 51% to 37%.

48% of those on incomes under $1,000 pw think they should be allowed to continue while 47% of those on incomes over $1,000 pw support their removal.

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