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Forum Post: :::Demographics Poll:::

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 12, 2011, 2:28 a.m. EST by sato (148)
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I'd like to know a few things about OWS visitors. No drama, just answer the questions or kindly ignore this thread. Answer as many questions as you feel comfortable. Remember everything is anonymous.

1- Why do you spend time on the OWS forum?

2- How old are you?

3- What is your education level? What was your major if you reached college?

4- What job experience(s) have you had?

5- How much do you earn? What has been your highest income if you have had more than one job?

6- How much money do you need to earn? (How much you spend: rent, food, kids, etc)

7- How many kids do you have?

8- How long have you been looking for a job if you don't have any?

9- What do you hope this movement achieves?



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[-] 2 points by thepistolet (28) 12 years ago

People might be more likely to answer if you revise your list a bit.

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

any specific advice?

[-] 2 points by thepistolet (28) 12 years ago

Questions five and six are very specific (possibly off-putting) and the answers can often be inferred from the answer(s) to question four.

Instead of asking whether people are for or against OWS, you could ask why they are spending time in the OWS forum. This allows people to express themselves in a more complex way, and you'll most likely still get the information you were seeking.

Open-ended questions tend to produce more interesting answers.

It's also helpful to think critically about your audience. How might question three sound to someone who did not go to college? How would it sound to someone who has multiple graduate degrees?

What kinds of questions would people interested in OWS like to have the opportunity to answer? Maybe something about the issues that matter to them? What they hope the movement can accomplish? What they have done/would like to do with regard to involvement?

At this point I think I'm really just imposing questions I'd like to ask some of the members on you. Sorry!

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

Questions 5 and 6 are aimed at what pointing out any dissatisfaction in people's current situation.

Question 3 is aimed at finding whether people have the right education for the job market. Question 4 is there for the same purpose. For example: I have a degree but no related experience.

Question 1 could probably use better work. Your advise makes sense. I changed it as advised

The questions you suggested crossed my mind too but I didn't know how to bring them up when people have very different goals.

[-] 2 points by NLake72 (510) 12 years ago

Are you in favor of OWS or against... Man... What IS the OWS? There's still a lot of ideas about what it really is, how to define it, what it's goals are, etc. Very nebulous question that refuses to be answered-- by design.

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

well I changed it/added another question. How about now?

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

Well, there are 2 types of visitors. Those who agree something is wrong and those who think the 99% is a bunch of losers who don't want to work. I guess that's what I mean.

[-] 2 points by PeoplehaveDNA (305) 12 years ago

And who exactly are you? You first.

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

Fair enough.

1- I'm in favor of the OWS movement 2- I'm 25 3- BS in Electrical Engineering. Minor in Electronics 4- I worked at McDonald's 5- I earned minimum wage 6- I need about 2500/month to live comfortably 7- I don't have kids 8- I have been looking for a job for the past 6 months. Not a single interview yet. 9- I hope that OWS slashes education costs

I hope that gets people to participate.

[-] 1 points by JeannyFrigide (11) 12 years ago

1: I am new here. Reading the forums helps me learn.

2: 51.

3: Some technical school and business college but no formal degree.

4: All facets of Food and Beverage. Have experience in 5 animal shelters in three states. Have held all positions including Executive Director at the shelters. Have worked as Vet Tech and Office Manager in Veterinary hospitals. Have been employed in shelters for homeless people also, including the Salvation Army. (don't get me started).

Currently employed at an airline. I made more money waiting tables than I make currently at the airline or as Executive Director of a small Humane Society. Money is not everything. I wanted to get away from serving carcasses on plates or euthanizing strays, so I am happy to make less money and feel guilt-free about what money I do make.

5: This year I think so far is around $28,000 before tax and more like $20,000 after taxes. Don't have my pay stub in my hand so can't remember exactly.

6: I spend it all.

7: I have two children, age 21 and 23, happily living in their own homes. My younger daughter's house is actually under foreclosure by the bank, but she is being allowed to rent it.

8: Currently employed but I would like to share that I HATE looking for work, and have very often stayed in jobs where I was miserable simply because I hate submitting applications and resumes so much.

The only thing new that I have to bring to the table is that I hope to see Occupy also bring an awareness to issues regarding animals. Animals are mentioned only twice in the Official Declaration of Occupy New York City, but it is clear to me that the people who wrote that were aware of the effects of corporate interests as they relate to animals, ... and who are the animals? Are they forgotten; the Zero percent? They don't even get to be in the 99%. The reason that I bring this point to attention is that I have seen fur-wearing persons in the Occupy Movement, which claims to be non-violent. Having your house be foreclosed on really sucks, but try having your entire SKIN ripped off. I think being non-violent means being non-violent to EVERYONE, including non-humans. The two points regarding animals are as follows:

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 11 years ago

Thanks for participating.

[-] 1 points by sato (148) 12 years ago

I'm also exploring a few deeper questions.