URGENT: Occupy Portland Survey Results Complete! And the Results may surprise you... Two strategies were used to distribute the survey. a total of 545 people filled out the survey.
MORE INFO TO COME BUT HERE IS THE GOLDEN QUESTION:
Overall it feels safe to visit the Occupy Camp.
Yes 322 people (76%)
No 103 people (24%)
The percentage of people saying that it feels safe to visit the camp is quite high, and this should not be ignored by city residents, public officials, or members of the media. We also asked survey respondents to list the three most important, positive things that have been created by the Occupy Portland camp and movement. By far, the most common responses to this question were that the camp has brought a wide variety of people together, allowed for sustained interactions between these people, and allowed for a sense of community and solidarity to emerge. Many respondents also report that the camp and the wider movement have brought public attention to issues like economic injustice, poverty, and homelessness. A lot of people responding to the survey said something like "These problems are usually swept under the table, but now they are visible have to be dealt with." Finally, a number of respondents who said they are homeless said that they feel safer in the camp than they would if they were sleeping in other parts of Portland. Many survey respondents encourage non-profits and city officials to reach out to vulnerable people in the camp, and provide on-the-spot services, rather than using the presence of homeless citizens as a reason to criticize the camp.