There’s been a great deal of dismissive language surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests and their subsequent offshoots. They’ve been labeled hippies, lefties, unpatriotic bums, STD spreaders, and angry, unemployed college grads. Those stereotypes are meant to brush off the seriousness of the protests, much in the same way the charges of racism were meant to discount the Tea Party.
Since OWS has been largely unorganized and leaderless, it’s been difficult to tell precisely just who makes up the large groups of protesters. Using online survey data compiled by business intelligence analyst Harrison Schultz, who helped set up the Occupy Wall Street website, and Professor Hector R. Cordero-Guzman from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, Fast Company has created an infographic that examines the age, gender, race, political affiliation, educational background, and income of recent visitors to occupywallst.org.
Normally, these types of endeavors are fruitless, but the data compiled by Fast Company comes from more than 5,000 visits to the website from October 21-22. Many of the results are similar, to their initial examination of the web analytics in early October.
The duo claims their data is far from perfect, but it does begin to paint a picture of just who is Occupy Wall Street. Based upon these results, the average OWS protesters is a white, college graduate, between the ages of 25-44, with a full-time job earning less than $25,000 per year. Oddly, they overwhelmingly identify as politically independent. See for yourself: