The classic conservative sneer about Occupy Wall Street (and its L.A. faction) is that the protester base is primarily white hipsters/hippies too lazy to get a job.
And a new survey out of Loyola Marymount University doesn't exactly contradict the stereotype. Based on input from 1,605 Los Angeles residents, the survey finds that liberal, highly educated white males are most likely to …
… “strongly agree” with Occupy L.A.'s “values.”
When measuring support by race, blacks weren't far behind. But Asians were far less likely to approve of the movement. (If we had to generalize, we'd say it might be that succeed-at-all-costs attitude that so often sets entitled millennials below the curve at their University of California campuses. Sigh.)
Here are the breakdowns we found most interesting:
Do we detect some guilt coming from the entertainment-industry 1-percenters up in the Hollywood Hills?
Kind of oddly, the Occupy question is included in a survey billed by LMU as the “20th Anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots Survey.” (Just one droplet, of course, in a freaking tidal wave of soul-searching that has come of the riots' 20th birthday.)
Apparently researchers are drawing a connection between the two movements. And, although the riots were much more fiery and sudden, with a more clear-cut instigator, there is perhaps some legitimacy to that: Both were ultimately in reaction to deep-seated discontent with the growing disparity between the haves and the have-nots.
There are also similarities in the bemused reaction of the upper middle class. Aka, “I Survived the L.A. Riots” T-shirts and Occupy Wall Street underwear.