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NY1 Exclusive: Poll Finds More City Voters Support Occupy Wall Street, Think Tea Party Will Influence 2012

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An exclusive NY1/Marist College poll finds Occupy Wall Street may have more support than the Tea Party in the city, but New York voters are skeptical whether the leftist movement will influence next year's presidential contest. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

More New York State voters may support Occupy Wall Street than its grassroots competitor, but they say the Tea Party may have more political clout.

An exclusive NY1/Marist College poll found 44 percent of state voters support the sprawling movement downtown. Meanwhile, only 21 percent support the Tea Party.

Nearly half of state voters think the Tea Party will have more influence on next year's presidential election.

Although a vast majority of polled liberals support those gathered in Zuccotti Park, that does not mean the movement will help President Barack Obama.

"We're not here to allow bribery, corruption and just overall negativity in modern day society. So if [Obama] allows that, he's hurting himself and therefore this movement will hurt him," said an Occupy Wall Street protester.

In all, 46 percent of state voters think Occupy Wall Street hurts Obama's re-election prospects.

NY1-Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff wonders if the president is sympathetic to the movement, "And then it turns out perhaps the rest of the country is not so inclined, it might present some political problems for him."

Supporters of Occupy Wall Street are more likely to be Democrats — 61 percent, according to the poll.

Among city voters, 57 percent support the movement, and 52 percent of people who make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year side with the protesters.

Different age groups have varying levels of support. Among voters from the ages of 18 to 29, 54 percent support Occupy Wall Street. Among 30 to 44-year-old voters, 39 percent are supportive.

For voters between ages 45 to 59, 47 percent support the movement and 43 percent of voters aged 60 or older are supporters.

While people flock to Zuccotti Park for dozens of reasons, three out of four voters statewide correctly cite "too much corporate greed" as the impetus for the movement.

Those in Zuccotti Park want the rich to pay more, and according to the poll, so do most New Yorkers. Sixty-one percent of voters support extending the state's so-called millionaire's tax, 33 percent say it should expire and 5 percent are unsure.

Governor Andrew Cuomo does not support the tax's extension.

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