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Survey: Occupy Wall Street website visitors overwhelmingly white

Michelle Fields Contributor

New survey data show that Occupy Wall Street protesters and supporters — as measured through visits to the movement’s principal website — are overwhelmingly white.

Harrison Schultz, who helped develop occupywallst.org, and Professor Hector R. Cordero-Guzman from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College have been surveying visitors of the Occupy Wall Street website to get a sense of who makes up the movement. The two shared their data with Fast Company magazine.

The verdict? Occupy Wall Street is a predominantly white movement. Website visitors identified themselves as 81.2 percent white, 6.8 percent Hispanic, 2.8 percent Asian, and 1.6 percent black. Another 7.6 percent chose “other.”

The same data show that 61 percent of the site’s visitors are male, 60 percent have college degrees, and 47 percent are currently employed.

The study surveyed 5,006 visitors of Occupy Wall Street website from October 21 to 22.

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