Main Stream Support for a Mainstream Movement
The 99% Movement Comes From and Looks Like the 99%
Profile of web traffic taken from occupywallst.org
Hector R. Cordero-Guzman, Ph.D.
School of Public Affairs, Baruch College
Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and Urban Education
City University of New York
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10/19/2011 9:47 AM
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The Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized the attention of the country and the world and has been able to organize Americans into the largest demonstrations in the country in response to the Great Recession. The successes of these mobilizations has led to considerable interest in the characteristics of persons interested in, supporting, and participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests and in the broader Occupy Wall Street movement.
One of the ways to measure increasing interest and levels of participation and involvement in Occupy Wall Street is by tracking the level of traffic to the main site for the protests occupywallst.org. Traffic on the site averaged close to 400,000 visits per day for the week of October 2. On October 5, for example, there were close to 350,346 visits to occupywallst.org and a survey was added to the site to measure levels of interest and involvement in Occupy Wall Street and to get a sense of the characteristics of persons visiting the site. Close to 1,890 persons began the survey and we have completed information on 1,619 respondents who answered the survey that was put up on the main occupywallstreet site.
This document discusses the characteristics of persons visiting the occupywallstreet site and provides the most comprehensive and complete profile to date of persons involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Full report below…