Many Living, Working Near Zuccotti Park Happy To See OWS Camp Gone

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some residents and business owners who have been fed up with the encampment at Zuccotti Park say they’re glad the city evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters and cleaned up the park early Tuesday morning.

For nearly two months, the demonstration has been a source of tension between the protesters and the neighborhood surrounding Zuccotti Park.

After receiving numerous health and safety concerns from residents, businesses and Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti Park, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he decided it was time to clean up and clear out.

Many in the area say it’s about time.

“They urinate, these guys, they don’t take showers. It’s not helping anybody, whatever they’re doing,” said nearby business owner Mike Rouach.

“I don’t what they’re doing all the time there,” said resident Emma Lebowitz. “They’re just partying. They need to go look for a job instead of complaining.”

But not everyone agrees. In fact, the latest the latest Siena College poll shows most New York voters support the demonstrators’ right to stay in public parks around the clock.

The poll showed 45 percent of voters statewide have a favorable view of the movement while 44 percent have an unfavorable view, up six percentage points from a month earlier.

However, 57 percent of those polled said the demonstrators should be able to stay in the parks all day and all night, while 40 percent say they should not.

And while they seem to support protesters’ First Amendment rights, two-thirds of those surveyed said they don’t believe Occupy Wall Street represents 99 percent of people and 58 percent said the movement does not have a clear message.

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll  shows voters in Garden State seem to agree.

It found that nearly two-thirds of New Jersey registered voters think demonstrators should be allowed to camp out and protest while 23 percent say officials should clear out Occupy camps and arrest anyone who will not leave.

But only 34 percent said they support the Occupy Wall Street movement as a whole.

“While many New Jersey voters do not explicitly support the Occupy Wall Street movement, a majority endorses their key messages,” David Redlawsk, poll director and professor of political science at Rutgers University said in a statement.

Results from the Nov. 9-12 Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 753 registered voters had a margin of error of  plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

The Sienna College Nov. 8-13 telephone poll of 803 registered voters had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Would you like to see OWS protesters allowed back into Zuccotti Park or do you want them out for good? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  • Anne in NY

    “In fact, the latest the latest Siena College poll shows most New York voters support the demonstrators’ right to stay in public parks around the clock.”

    Let me guess…those are voters who do not live nor work anywhere near the area? The same people who would rally against a homeless shelter in their neighborhood, and who call the cops about the kids hanging out past 11 in the park across the street from their house. That’s what this is like…one big homeless shelter and hangout. A noisy one! So unless you have to live near it, work near it or walk past it everyday, your vote doesn’t matter.

  • Susie Q

    Would be nice if they could use their energy to do something more productive for society instead of sitting around all day. We got your message now go look for a job (any job) and not a fabulous one that will pay you a lot of money because he are “entitiled” to it. Really. These kidis have got to learn the meaning of work . . . even it it’s pumping gas. You have to start sonewhere. PS My husband started pumping gas on a highway after he got his MBA in order to make ends meet. He now works for a Wall Street bank. Eviidently, the head department honcho was very impressed with his drive and deeternination to get ahead. These kids need to start somewhere . . .go mow a lawn or two. I don’t care if you think it’s below you. Just do it, You may end up owning the company someday.Their sense of entitlement is overwheliming sometimes.

  • Maxine Rocks

    Why’d they take the poll in New Jersey when it mainly affects New York?? Of course 2/3’s of them say they should be allowed to stay! How about they go protest in front of the casinos in Atlantic City, how would the people of NJ feel about them then? Still think they should be allowed to stay? Puh-leeze!!

  • jh749

    WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE WANT? They are incapable of formulating a list of demands and transmitting those demands in a coherent manner. It appears that the encampment is the message and no other results are expected.

  • Adele

    This is the first tine I agreed with the mayor to clean them out of the park. There is no clear message and no real goals, just a lot of misguided folks who need to go home. If you have a clear message why not organize a peaceful march on washington and let the Dem & Reps know how fed up you are. Stop costing me my NY taxes on a wild sit in spree.

  • Paulina

    Who are the polls polling? No one I know wants them there in NYC. The polls are bogus.

    • Maxine Rocks

      It’s like this – the ones who might actually say they don’t mind them being there would pitch a hissy fit to make Godzilla proud if these people camped out near their homes and businesses. I don’t know of anyone who really wants them to stay in NY, either. If they haven’t gotten their message out after two months then they’re just wasting everyone’s time. BTW – what IS their message? Ask 12 different people there and you’ll get 12 different answers!

  • Sheila

    The first two comments pretty much said what I think also. I live by an open area in Florida on the intracoastal and it is designated for fairs, four-day SunFest celebrations, etc. By the fourth day, believe me, I’ve had it. Many of my neighbors leave town. I got their point, I agree with their points, but enough already.

  • Robert Mack

    That is correct. They turned this park into a City Woodstock! Aimless people with no where to go or stay. I considered them ‘strays’.

  • Larry

    The people who want them to stay, should leave their address, so they can camp out by their house for 2 months.

  • Sean Ferguson

    Enough is enough, if you didn’t make your point by this time than you never will. What is this a Woodstock?

    • KittieKat

      Well said. But is more like “WOODSCHLOCK”!

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