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The Occupy Wall Street movement may be hurting New York City’s image for visiting tourists. According to a recent poll, 42 percent of Americans would be “less inclined to visit” the Big Apple as a result of the ongoing protests. In comparison, 17 percent would be more likely to visit and 37 said the protests would have no impact on their travel plans; the remainder of respondents had no opinion.
The survey, conducted by independent polling company Poll Position, also broke out respondents’ answers by age and political affiliation, which produces some interesting – if not altogether surprising – differences from the national average. Forty percent of those ages 18-29 said they would be more inclined to visit New York City as a result of the Occupy Wall Street movement, while 56 percent of those aged 65 and over answered the opposite.
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