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New Yorkers support Occupy Wall Street: poll

A recent poll found New Yorkers back the protesters in lower Manhattan.

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Demonstrators opposed to corporate profits on Wall Street march in the Financial District on September 26, 2011 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Occupy Wall Street protesters have the support of New Yorkers, a recent poll from Quinnipiac University shows, Reuters reports.

The survey showed that 67 percent of New York City voters agreed with the protesters, who are fighting for tougher regulations on the financial industry, Bloomberg reports. The poll also showed that 87 percent of voters agreed with the protesters right to camp out in the financial district of Manhattan as long as they obeyed the law.

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"It's a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting. But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street views of the protesters."

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Support for the protests was split down party lines, Reuters reports. 81 percent of Democrats supported Occupy Wall Street, while just 35 percent of Republicans agreed.

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The protests, which started a month ago today in lower Manhattan, have spread throughout cities around the globe.
 

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